by Mike Levy
Threshold Provisions is a small business located in Asheville, North Carolina, that cooks up wild pacific salmon jerky and a lineup of four different flavors of energy bars – Cherry Coconut, Blueberry Ginger, Pistachio Chai, and Mango Yerba Mate. All of those products are made by hand rather than pumped out on a conveyer belt, and Threshold puts a large emphasis on using natural ingredients and sustainable food sources. You won’t find any gluten, soy or dairy in them, either, in case you’re looking to avoid any of those. Individual bars go for $3.00 USD, and $12.00 gets you a four-pack of Threshold bars when ordered off of their website. www.thresholdprovisions.com
The Threshold Provisions bars are soft enough to chew up while on the go, and they have a unique taste that sets them apart from the candy-like flavour of other options out there.
|There’s no doubt about it, food is a bit of a funny thing to review. The topic of what should and shouldn’t be in the food you eat before, during, or after your ride is one that everyone seems to have an opinion on, and there’s certainly loads of different options out there to satisfy most riders. Having said that, the bottom line for me is that it has to taste relatively good and go down easy. If whatever I’m snacking on can check those two boxes, there’s a good chance that I’ll remember to eat it before its too late and I’m curled on the side of the trail dreaming of Bounty chocolate bars and Red Bulls – that’s not a pretty sight. That’s the point when I want my energy bar to look more like a McRib, if you know what I’m saying. I sampled all four flavours that Threshold Provisions offers, and while the Pistachio Chai and Mango Yerba Mate tasted a bit “earthy” to me, the Blueberry Ginger bar is one that I could chow down on anytime, anywhere. That’s exactly what I’m looking for in my on-trail food, as I don’t want to be dreading having to force down whatever food I’ve brought with me at the top of the big climb. Eat-ability – a word I made up about how much effort it takes to actually open the package and eat it – is impressive, with the Threshold Provisions bar being much softer and easier to chomp up than even the softest of PowerBars. This might not sound important, but wait until you try eating a stiff, cold Powerbar while you’re motoring up a steep gravel road climb and trying to suck in air like your scuba tank just hit E, then you’ll see the importance of easy to eat food. Would I recommend the Threshold Provisions bars? I’d say that they’re worth trying if you’re looking for something a bit different than what you can buy at your corner store, especially if the list of ingredients and unique taste works for you. - Mike Levy|