Wild Trail Snacks – Review

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I like to take trail bars on long rides, days out etc, as they don’t get as squished as fruit or sandwiches and can slip in a pocket or pouch for easy access. So I try loads and often pick up a handful of Paleo bars in Lidl/Adli while at the tills. I stumbled across these Wild Trail bars in a COOP store in Wales and noticed they were actually made in Wales too so decided I had to check them out further.

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They come in 4 flavours and are really simple – each made from only 5 natural ingredients.  My favourite is the Apple, followed by the Carrot Cake.

They are really tasty,  gluten free, dairy free and even VEGAN Friendly.

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These boxes are pretty good value if you compare with other leading brands like NAKD (even when bought in volume), with a comparable level of protein per 30g coming from either the cashew or peanuts in each bar.

These also have quite distinct flavours unlike NAKD that mostly tastes the same, usually because of the overwhelming sweetness provided by the dates in my opinion.

I must admit I haven’t had a NAKD bar in a while – I just feel they are more expensive.

Back to the Wild Trail bars – some excellent nutritional info can be seen in my picture above or you can visit the website for a full break down, if you are really into that sort of thing.

https://wildtrail.co.uk/our-snacks

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Wild Trail Carrot Cake

  1. Raisins
  2. Cashews
  3. Gluten free oats
  4. Dried carrot
  5. Ground cinnamon

Nutritional Information: Typical values

Per 46g bar: Energy 761kJ (181kcal), Fat 5.9g of which saturates 1.1g, Carbohydrat

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While these are tasty, neatly packaged and are MADE IN WALES (lets not forget that!), a single 30g bar is not enough if you plan on using this on its own as a trail top up. So you will want to pack a few.

My fave bars and a bit of a luxury are from Veloforte.  I love Veloforte bars, though they are so chewy you need to top up your energy stores just to eat one! Their bars are over £2.00 each but they DO have twice the protein in them and are amazing!

However, 2 x a Wild Trail Bar will get you the same nutrition and for still only half the price, and you can then mix your flavours.

So I guess its just a matter of choosing how you want your nutrition packaged.

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I bought mine in a box of 4×4 different flavours straight from the website for £9.25 inc shipping – that works out as 58p a bar.

These could become my go to bar…

https://wildtrail.co.uk/shop/wild-trail-mixed-multipack-bundle-4-x-4x30g-cartons

https://wildtrail.co.uk/shop/16-mixed-box

Do you have a fave trail bar or snack?

 

Mountain biking and Energy drinks

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Energy Drinks

Its actually quite difficult to think about out beloved sport of mountain biking (and other action sports) in all its forms without coming across Red Bull at some point or another.  Sponsored athletes, events, Red Bull Media House and Red Bull TV for instance.

Athletes from the UK include the Athertons, Tahnee Seagrave and Matt Jones

https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/athletes

Monster Energy plays second fiddle in many ways but can still be seen as a sponsor to some of our sports heroes including UK legends Brendog, Danny Hart and of course Peaty.

https://www.monsterenergy.com/sports/mountain-biking

Rockstar is seen less but still supports freeriders Jodie Lunn and Cam MacCaul for example.

http://gb.rockstarenergy.com/actionsports

So I did a bit of an experiment yesterday and asked my twitter followers what they thought of these energy drinks, I posted some photos to my instagram feed and made a youtube video.

The results were not surprising, and this was by no means an extensive survey, however I didn’t see one positive response.

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Instagram likes

I am no social media whizz or can I claim to have 1000s of followers but generally my photos get likes from the usual crew and new viewers alike.  You can see from the above that the energy drink pictures got very little engagement yesterday.

I thought that deliberately putting them in dirty surrounds might have at least brought out some comments – but there was practically nothing!

Twitter was a flood of “awful” “stay near the toilet” “better off drinking battery acid” etc.

You can see the tweet below and follow the link to the comments – not many fans!

Finally, I put a video together.  I didn’t really go fact hunting or comparing the “benefits” or ingredients in each drink – I just gave my blunt opinion.

You can research the various effects good or bad for yourself, I just thought it was interesting (though I already knew this) that none of my friends virtual or real actually drink any of this stuff, yet the brands are a big part of our sport.

None of this was surprise to me, it just got me thinking about how these drinks are deemed so bad for you by so many people, yet they are major sponsor in our sport.

Kind of reminds me of the old motor sport days.

What are your thoughts on energy drinks, the brands and the impact on our sports?

 

Tea and Cake

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A Brew with a View

We became a total cycling cliche today.

After about 30km of riding and thinking it was time to track back we came across a new trail feature on one of our local routes.

We haven’t been out locally as a group on a Sunday morning for a while and this was the first time we had ridden to Beckhampton on ride in a good few weeks.

It’s not that far from home really and its never really a highlight on our rides other than the a few little rooty features that we have a little play on from time to time. However today we all stopped and were very excited to see a little trailer selling tea and cake!

It’s pathetic really but the novelty factor of it suddenly appearing as if it were some sort of oasis in a desert meant we all had to partake in the tea and cake…

What a cliche, but who cares, let a just hope they keep it up and are there for the rest of the summer.

Correct Custard Cream Conduct

I started the day, well the part of the day that I spend in the office, by boiling the kettle and making a cup of tea. This action in itself was unusual as I tend to have coffee at work – but today I really fancied a biscuit and tea goes better with a biscuit than coffee in my opinion. A debate for another day perhaps..

The sound of the kettle boiling is sweet background music to sounds of the computers booting, light switches flicking, blinds opening and the rustle and shuffle of paperwork as our small but perfectly formed office comes to life.

Once the desk is ready for action its time to pour the tea/coffee and begin the day. Now I usually have a cereal bar or similar at the same time I have my morning coffee, but today I really wanted a biscuit with my cup of tea. And as luck would have it I have few packets in my desk which leads to the first dilemma of do I open the Custard Creams or the Bourbons – chocolate just didn’t feel right, so Custard Creams it is!

Now this is where it gets interesting – honestly it does and I appreciate you sticking with me up until now.

What is the correct way to conduct yourself when opening and eating from a packet of Custard Creams or any biscuit for that matter?

For starters, where do you open the packet? At the end or that little point a little way along that invites you to “Tear Here”?

Open at the end and the first biscuit will be broken – FACT. Unless you are eating Fig Rolls or some other biscuit of softer construction (actually Fig Rolls usually come in some sort of card tray so this may not be that relevant). What do you do with that broken biscuit? Is it OK to scoff it straight away and treat the first whole biscuit as the first biscuit of the packet? I posed this question on Facebook and got a few responses. Here are a few you may wish to consider should you find yourself pondering the same scenario:

  • “Yes it is and should not be questioned” – Rob
  • “you’ll never change, I can remember that line from a long time ago” – Mum
  • “Yes, and likewise you cannot leave a broken one when you take the second last.” – Steve

So it seems that eating the broken biscuit and the next one is a common activity and should not be questioned. Everyone does this and I have been doing it for years; (thanks Mum) and my good friend Steve pointed out that the same occurs at the other end of the packet also.

What you certainly don’t do is discard it or any broken biscuit and its crumbs in the bin. It is not to be treated as a casualty of the inferior biscuit packaging business – it has a right to be eaten like any other biscuit.

What if you decide to open at the “Tear Here” point? Depending on how vigorously you have opened the packet the biscuit you will be presented with could be the second or even third biscuit along! Are the first two destined for instant consumption? I’ll leave that one for you to decide.

The above dilemma is relevant to my office space as I don’t have a biscuit barrel on my desk. (Hmmm now there’s an idea!) But at home you will invariably decant the biscuits into a traditional biscuit tin or barrel for later less controversial biscuit consumption, possibly along with an assortment of other biscuits (but not Ginger ones). No, you never mix Ginger biscuits with other varieties – I like Ginger biscuits but they have no place in a barrel with other more delicate flavours.

Once opened and the broken biscuit at the end has been eaten, you should carefully place the remaining packet in the biscuit barrel. While broken biscuits are equally as tasty as whole fully formed biscuits, breaking them carelessly like this is a unnessessary process. PLEASE TAKE CARE! After they have been carefully placed in the barrel you may be left with a few that “won’t quite fit”. Do you cram them in (no you don’t), seal the packet to keep them from going stale – what do you do with them? My opinion is that providing there are no more than 2 left over this is an acceptable number of biscuits to have with your tea – as well as the leading broken biscuit of course. More than this and you should either offer the barrel straight away to your fellow tea/coffee drinkers to make some room, or you should save the rest of the packet to top up the barrel at a later biscuit eating and tea drinking session.

I think that covers this delicate topic – time for another cup of tea. Or coffee?