The Probar Meal bars are always my number one choice for a hearty, filling food break. Nibble away at one through the ride or get the feeling of a light meal during a rest stop. It's not just sugar and other refunded carbohydrates that give you a temporary boost, but then quickly fade. Instead, you get long-lasting, easy to digest energy that sticks with you through the ride and afterwards. Everyone's taste varies, but I like the chocolate peanut butter, chocolate coconut, and chocolate Oatmeal, for when I want a little bit of sweet-and the Superfood Slam when I want something more mellow. I have found that I like all the flavors except Trail Mix. I have been using Probars now for years- one of the very few cycling products that I can recommend without reservation.
I was using various powders to add to my water. Since those powders are usually mostly sugar, I wanted to better regulate my carbohydrates and not get unnecessary fuel every time I took a drink. I use 2 or 3 Endurolyte Fizz tablets per 750 ml (large) water bottle. This gives me the water and electrolytes I need and I can better decide what food I need to eat in addition, rather than getting sugars I may not need with every drink. Endurolyte Fizz tablets have a light, clean natural taste. I particularly enjoy the mango and the lemon/lime flavors.They don't make me feel bloated or upset my stomach. For some extreme rides, I may still add carbohydrate calories to my water, but for 99% of my rides, I prefer to keep only electrolytes in my water and carefully regulate my calorie intake with real food separately. Besides, I find eating real food is far more satisfying than drinking calories in your water. Everyone needs to figure out what works best for them, but watch the envious looks from guys who only have "miracle" carbohydrate powders mixed in their water when the rest of us pull out tasty real foods to eat.