What are your thoughts to energy bars, gels and drinks? Recently picked up exercise again after years out. Went on a 40 mile bike ride, I hit a brick wall around 20miles due to lack of fitness, but could have done with a pick me up. So on a recent 25 mile I had an energy gel before hand and felt good all the way, just slow compared to friends due to lack of fitness. Played a mini tournament hockey game recently and felt tired half way through and had a sports energy bar (quite liked the texture and taste actually), and it definitely helped me as I was flagging. With picking up sports I'm going to try and cut down on normal chocolate bars, but can anyone recommend other snacks? Are these energy gels and bars actually good for the body? I wouldn't mind snacking on the energy bars ((SIS) as a snack but at £1 a pop it's quite pricey.