Have figs, will travel.

Posted on in Health + Lifestyle by Paige Galeoto

Those that know me, know that I have a very close relationship with food. I don’t like to get hungry unexpectedly. It makes me very crabby and unpleasant to be around. I prefer to have food on hand. At all times.

Enjoying a fig bar on Mt. Web

Enjoying a fig on the backside at Northstar Ski Resort

It began with my sporting activities. The first time I bonked on a bike was during a race in Monterey. I was relatively new to racing and doing my first sport-level mountain bike race. I had never needed to eat during a race because I had only done short beginner races up to that point. I had one GU in my pocket for a 2+ hour race. I hit the wall hard. I could hardly turn the pedals over. I fantasized about lying down next to the trail and taking a nap. I picked up discarded wrappers looking for dropped energy bar scraps. It wasn’t pretty.

I can’t say I have never run low on fuel since, but I did learn a lesson. When I go on a long ride, paddle, hike, or just know that I will be away from home running errands for a few hours, I keep snacks handy. I have found that Nature’s Bakery fig bars are about the most perfect food for avoiding the bonk in my daily life. I keep one or two in my glove box, throw them in my jersey pockets, purse and in the pockets of my snowboarding jacket.

Fig bars are a handy snack when running errands, like recycling at RSW.

Fig bars are a handy snack when running errands, like recycling at RSW.

Sunrise kayak at Gold Lake with my coffee and a fig bar.

Sunrise kayak at Gold Lake with my coffee and a fig bar.


One on particularly glorious day on the slopes at Northstar, I skipped lunch to get some extra runs in during the noon exodus. I enjoyed near empty slopes and stayed fueled up with a few fig bars. 

I prefer the whole wheat blueberry bars – they have a satisfying heft that fills me up and just enough sweetness. Their size is just ideal – two make a substantial snack that tides me over until my next meal. And the way they are packaged, they can go anywhere I go.

Paige Galeoto

I am a recovering competitive athlete who makes my home in Reno, Nevada.

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