It’s hard to find the perfect time to go on a thru-hike. There’s really never a “perfect” time, and I get that comment from people a lot. But even if there’s no perfect time, there’s still a “better” time to attempt a thru, in my opinion.
I don’t know many people that would be willing to fork over more than $2 per protein bar that has less than 300 calories in it. But a lifetime of avoiding nuts while on a vegetarian diet has lead me to some options that I consider to be pretty good.