You maybe have not heard of Soldier Fuel Energy Bars, but you soon will be. They had a booth setup at SHOT Show with some sweet looking rifles on hand as well as their energy bars.
These bars were developed by a marathon runner who had a fond support of our troops. After being informed that most military men and women were being force fed energy bars chocked-full of trans fats (a direct path to coronary heart disease), the D’Andrea brothers from California decided a change was needed. What they created was a bar that is more evenly balanced for performance for sustained energy. Not like… you got to go do a 30 minute chest workout sustained-energy, but rather, you are defending our country’s freedoms and might need energy for half a day.
If you are one of our nation’s Westpoint cadets you will currently receive a ration of two Soldier Fuel Energy Bars per day until graduation. Being as I am a fitness junkie who does Crossfit (that cult thing), Olympic lifting, and many other things, I obviously had to try one myself. My first impressions were that it was soft yet crunchy. Nobody wants an energy bar you need a Ka-Bar to cut into it or is so soft it crumbles like a sand castle. Secondly, about 2 hours later I was not hungry anymore. Mission accomplished.
The men and women I talked to from Soldier Fuel Energy Bars mildly joked that our soldiers should never be h-angry (hungry and angry). We have all felt that feeling of anguish where the only thing you can focus on is your hunger and you are angry because of it. When it comes to our military, that could be dangerous. In combat, their minds need to be laser sharp. They should not be wondering about how to stop their stomach from growling like a German Shepard. Some unique elements about the bar can be seen below:
- Halal Approved Food – Permissible for those of the Islam faith
- Kosher Parve – Jewish/Yiddish term for no meat or dairy; Jewish approved food
- Contains no Meat or Dairy products
- Certified Gluten Free
- Contains Soy Protein Isolate – easily digests & absorbs into body
- Whey & Casein (dairy protein sources) NOT Used – Military requires 3 year shelf life for all rations given to soldiers
A few things to note from the nutrition information are the protein source and why its important that the bar is Halal approved. Soy protein was used as opposed to meat or dairy because it significantly extends the shelf life of the bar which the military requires. Also, considering what part of the globe our military has most recently been involved with, if the bars are Halal approved they are more widely accepted.
Currently, you can find these bars on Amazon, but they will soon be finding their way into more common nutrition stores like GNC.
The Solder Fuel Energy Bars have won multiple taste tests when compared to similar energy/protein bars in the industry. The next time you plan on packing out for a hike, hunt, trip to the range, or reach for an energy bar, consider these as a viable option.