I was uncertain what to think about something called “Gamer Grub” that purported to be a “Performance Snack.” Especially since from what I can tell (the fine print for the ingredients is mighty fine, if you know what I mean) there’s no caffeine in this packet. I know some people will be shocked, but we’re about stimulants of all kinds. It doesn’t have to have caffeine in it, it’s just that a lot of products do. Instead it promises “vitamins + neurotransmitters.” And if you’re anything like me, then you’re thinking: well, what the hell does that mean to me, the consumer?
That’s a very good question. The back of the package promises that the “tasty blend of Peanut Butter Chips, Peanuts, Strawberries, Strawberry Jelly Chips and Sweet Bread” is “packed with select vitamins and nutrients supporting cognitive performance” and is “scientifically formulated to power your core gaming systems for maximum performance.”
Yeah, I still don’t know what that really means. I do know it sounds impressive. I’m honestly surprised it doesn’t have the “this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease” footnote. The entire package, if you were to eat it all at once (which is, let’s face it, what most people in front of a keyboard are going to do with this) gives you 75% of your RDA for Vitamins A, C, E and Niacin with 30% of your magnesium. Of course it’s also 60% of your fat intake for the day.
And here’s the other thing I was concerned about–with only one exception, I can’t stand nuts in snacks. I will eat nuts as a snack, but not in a snack. It’s a weird texture thing. I don’t like to bite into a brownie and crunch. (Incidentally, the one exception is a Nutrageous candy bar.) But I went for this variation because the pizza version just scared the crap out of me.
[ad#longpost]And yes, if you were to pick bits out of the bag and eat them individually, you’ll be underwhelmed. The sweet bread bits are dry. The peanut butter chips are nothing special. The peanuts are also nothing to write home about. However, if you take their advice and just tip the bag back and pour a handful into your mouth all at once–it works. You really need to get the flavors together and once blended, yeah, it’s some nice PBJ action that works probably better than it should, at least taste-wise.
As for it “boosting my game,” I can’t really speak to that. I can’t tell any difference in my performance now that I’ve consumed a large amount of this. What I can say is that I was a bit peckish and it seemed to handle that just fine.