April 5, 2011

Stuff I Love: Luna Bars That Taste Like Girl Scout Cookies

During the season I consume mass quantities of sport food. Some of it is merely tolerable while others make me look forward to a workout. My favorite examples of the latter are two Luna Bars that taste remarkably like my two favorite Girl Scout cookies. What could be better than that?

Luna Love #1 - Chocolate Peppermint Stick

I discovered this bar last year and consumed it in bulk. During heavy training I largely abstain from sugar except during workouts. This delicious treat not only keeps me going, but it tastes like crushed up Thin Mints. If you like chocolate and you like peppermint you'll love this. I buy a box at a time.

Luna Love #2 - Chocolate Dipped Coconut

This is a recent discovery that I anticipate will become a training pantry staple. It didn't seem exciting at first glance but one bite had me hooked and singing its praises. This Luna reminds me of the best Girl Scout cookie of all time - the Samoa. Sport food really shouldn't be this good.

Lunas may not be the top choice for healthy nutrition but when you spend hours upon hours shunning real food and drink you have to somewhat like what you're putting into your body. And I love these. The only downside is the chocolate coating - it melts in your jersey pocket or in transition and can be quite messy. I froze them for my Ironmans last year and it helped tremendously, but you still risk coating yourself in chocolate. Because of this, my second favorite bar becomes my go-to choice for race day - Hammer Cashew Coconut Chocolate Chip. It's seriously delicious and as an added bonus is gluten-free.

My other favorite training foods:
  • Raspberry Hammer Gel
  • Chocolate Chip Cliff Bar
  • PowerBar Gel Blasts
  • Gatorade Endurance

What's your favorite?

Despite a 4am wake-up for a day trip to Cincinnati I nailed today's workout - a whole 30 minutes of running, my first since the ill-fated LA Marathon. So far, so great!


  1. The chocolate coconut Lunas are the bomb. I just had to stop buying them. So good!

  2. i LOVE samoas! although they're now called caramel delites : / i may just have to check out these bars...

  3. Mint chocolate Gu. So good. And chocolate outrage - tastes like frosting. Couldn't train without them.

  4. I love the Lara Bars....they aren't covered in chocolate and don't melt and they don't get all dry and stuck in the back of yoru throat because of the nut oil plus no vegan, gluten free, raw and no added sugar! My bike nutrition of choice for IM!

  5. I just bought a whole bag of Luna's about an hour ago! I love the Chocolate Peppermint Stick. Honestly the best bar I've ever had. I also love the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut - it's like a cookie!

  6. I like the Luna Chocolate Peppermint bars too! I use Sport Beans for long runs. I love the PowerBar Gel Blasts because they are not sticky - i just wish they came in a better/smaller package.



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