Alpine Apple Cinnamon Four Points Bar

Folks, I don’t know that I have negatively reviewed anything yet on the site.  That is changing today.

A few months ago, we received a Four Points bar in a monthly nutrition box.  For my ride and run today, I needed something and chose it out of our box.  It was the Apple Cinnamon flavor and . . .

IT

WAS

BAD.

The flavor was not good, the texture was not good, and overall it was not pleasant to eat.  I took my first bite and was not happy, but I was willing to keep trying. I took a second bite and was totally displeased, so I stopped eating it.  Emily saw my face and offered to take a bite.  She was also not pleased by the flavor either.

I have two thoughts on why the flavor wasn’t good.

1. The outside of the bar was covered in dry cinnamon, this caused a slight peppery taste and gave me dry mouth.

2. I just don’t like the taste of dried plum and fig, which were the first two ingredients, a bit odd since it was an apple-flavored bar.

Anyway, that is what I have to say, and I don’t believe I will try out any more of their bars (which is disappointing, since they are a Colorado company and I would love to support them).

Subscription Services – August 2015

Nothing like waiting until the last day of the month to reveal our StrideBox and Headsweats goodies.

The StrideBox included an Amrita apricot and strawberry energy bar, Crank Sports electrolyte energy gel, Honey Stinger grapefruit energy chews (happy to receive this, we were running low), First Endurance cucumber water, Pure Clean beet juice powder (not too sure about this one), Sportea energy tea, Dr. Hoy’s pain relief gel, and an All Good sunscreen stick.  As always, our StrideBox also contained an inspirational sticker.

Stridebox contents Stridebox contents

This month’s Headsweats box contained a Loudmouth Supervisor Steppin Out.  After some debate, the visor is mine.  Nick gets first right to refusal next month.

Headsets Loudmouth Supervisor Headsweats Steppin Out Supervisor

Subscription Services – July 2015

Around the 10th of the month, Nick and I start checking our mailbox daily, eager for our StrideBox and Headsweats boxes to arrive.  We received both of them this week.

The StrideBox contained a water bottle, Purps Vita multi-vitamin supplement, Youth Infusion – Infuse your vitamins with $5 coupon, Salba one serving of chia seeds boost, Mediterra sesame energy bar with pistachio and honey, hüma chia energy gel, Gu hydration drink tabs, Rocktape – endurance tape for athletes, and a sample of Dermasport skincare including a facial cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream, as well as a 30% off coupon.  The box also contained a StrideBox inspirational sticker.

StrideBox contents July 2015

Next up, the Headsweats box.  We eagerly anticipated this month’s arrival because it included the quarterly bonus gift.  The box had contained a black and red Trucker Hat which Nick immediately grabbed and put on his head.  That was okay, because I was eyeing the blue Grid Supervisor – Sublimated.  No need to compromise, we each got our desired piece of headgear.

Headsweats July 2015

Carb Boom Energy Gels

Carb Boom!

In an effort to find some good nutrition for our workouts, we have ventured into some new things.  Stridebox has been helpful, but hasn’t yet provided us the perfect solution.  USAT has some suggestions here and there, so we tried one of their recommendations.

Carb Boom is a gel that is flavored naturally.  We figured this would be a good solution since neither of us really like the gels.  Boom Nutrition has a bit of information online about the flavoring, and from the sound of it, we were really excited.  The apple cinnamon flavor sounded like it was going to have apple sauce in it.  How bad could it be?  Well, the answer is that the flavors that I have tried so far (apple cinnamon and vanilla orange) have tasted just fine, in fact they are likely the best tasting gels I have ever had.

The problem is the texture.  Gels just have terrible mouth feel.  I did ok with the apple cinnamon the other day, but Sunday I tried the vanilla orange.  When I ate it I had a quick vomit reflex, again not from taste.  I downed some water while it was in my mouth and that corrected it.

Overall, these are quite good.  I just wish someone would find a way to get the gel out and make it more puree like.