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24 Mar 2011, Comments (1)

Clif Crunch Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Clif Bar & Company is one of my favorite companies when it comes to making delicious bars. I happen to enjoy the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut  flavors in the Clif Crunch, and the Chocolate Chip Energy Bar as well!

I opened up the package to find 2 bars, a little crumbly in consistency, but still held together for the most part. I took a bite and found a nice crispy/crunchy bar, with a very slight oily feel. There were scattered chocolate chips throughout, so I didn’t expect it to have a lot of chocolatey flavor. However- there really was a lot of chocolatey flavor! It was surprising, and in a good way. There also was a hint of vanilla flavor I detected as well.

Overall, these were delicious. I liked how they were not overly sweet, just right. It reminded me of a chocolate chip cookie, actually! I would certainly eat these again. 4 stars

2 bars is 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.

Have you ever had any product from Clif Bar & Company? Which one is your favorite?

I was sent to try these bars for free. Regardless, my opinion is unaffected.

I happen to be a big fan of Clif Bars. My all time favorite ones would have to be the Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and also the Clif Crunch Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars. They have some pretty tasty foods!

Today’s review is the Blueberry Crisp Energy Bar that I was sent to try for free. I wasn’t exactly thrilled in the beginning to try this one for some reason, I like blueberries and all but I thought they might taste funky in a granola or energy bar. But who am I to judge something solely on it’s name or appearance? Speaking of which, here’s how it looked

The thing that always gets me about Clif Bar & Company energy bars is that they seem tiny, but they actually ARE quite filling. I find them perfect to eat on an empty stomach for an early morning workout before I eat breakfast or whatnot to tie me over.

When I opened the package I immediately smelled a fragrant blueberry aroma. I took a bite, and noticed it was actually pretty sweet. Not sweet like candy, but I could certainly detect a good amount of sweetness. It kind of reminded me of a blueberry filling to a pie or a blueberry pancake syrup sort of flavor. It was crunchy from the almonds, chewy, and soft at the same time. I actually really liked the consistency of this bar, it had a lot going on. There were good sized pieces of nuts, which were fresh and crunchy, and added something special to the bar.

Overall, this bar was better than I thought it would be, and actually quite tasty. THe only drawback for me is that it has 21 grams of sugar per bar. Then again, I believe it’s intended to be an energy bar, so I’m sure some of those carbohydrates and sugar will we used up in the workout! 4 stars

1 bar is 240 calories, 5 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

Did you ever eat something you thought wasn’t going to be that good, and it surprised you? What was it?

7 Jul 2010, Comments (1)

Clif Bar & Company C Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Clif Bar & Company is one of my go-to brands for bars, because they have a lot to offer, are made with good ingredients, and most importantly, are tasty!

The generous folks over at Clif Bar & Company sent me some of their Clif C-Bars to try, which are basically fruit & nut bars. According to the website, they provide 1 serving of fruit per bar, are all natural, and are 70% organic! They come in 4 flavors, Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry and Cherry Pomegranate. I tried all of them so far except the Cherry Pomegranate, which I was also sent but didn’t eat yet.

The bars seem small, about the size of the Clif Kid Z Bars, but I found them to actually be just the right size. Because the flavors are very powerful and pretty sweet, I felt that a bigger bar was not needed. I also liked that these bars stated they were “Low Glycemic” and that “low glycemic foods digest slowly for prolonged levels of satiation and energy”. I also find, as a type 1 Diabetic, my blood sugar levels do not raise as quickly when I eat low glycemic foods as compared to higher glycemic foods.

Apple- this one was the first bar I tried, and was I HAPPY. Just SO. GOOD. It was soft, gooey and rich. It was sweet with just a hint of cinnamon flavor, and had a “fudge”-like consistency. I agree with what the website says that  “This bar tastes like homemade apple pie”, because it CERTAINLY  reminded me of the sweet, delicious insides of an apple pie ! 5 stars

Raspberry- This bar wasn’t as sweet as I had expected. It had more pieces of nuts on top than the Apple flavor did, and overall ahd a very light raspberry flavor, with a mix of apple flavors as well. It was good, however, dipped in some chocolate nut butter 🙂 3 1/2 stars

Blueberry- very soft, moist and chewy, and quite good. A nice blend of blueberry and apple flavors, it was sweet and delicious. It kind of reminded me of if there was such a thing as a “blueberry brownie”, this would be it! Not that it tasted chocolatey, but it was chewy and moist like a brownie usually is. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, these are yummy! I definitely reccommend giving them a try! I really like how they are 70% organic, provide 1 fruit serving per bar, and are made without a ton of ingredients! I think these would be perfect for a snack on the go, or even with a nice sandwich for lunch. The only let down in my opinion, was the nut topping. It didn’t really provide too much flavor, or crunch for that matter for the bar. However, that won’t stop me from buying these again 🙂

Nutritional Information & Ingredients Listed Below for APPLE flavor, for information about the rest of the bars, you can visit here.

1 bar is 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 17 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Dates, Almonds, Organic Apples, Macadamia Nuts, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt (Real Salt®), Natural Vitamin E (Antioxidant).

10 Jun 2010, Comments (4)

Clif Bar & Company Energy Bars

Author: Healthnuttxo

Clif Bar & Company is one of my favorites- they make all natural and organic bars and products that help fuel the active lifestyle. One of  the things I eat before a workout is the Clif Bar energy bars. They come in a bunch of flavors in order to please a variety of people. You can view all the flavors on the website, here

Anyway, Clif Bar and Company was nice enough to send me some of their energy bars, including some of the seasonal ones. I decided to write up about the Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie varieties. These are ideal before a workout for me, as I find them to be easily digested and provide the energy I need to kickbox, run, or whatever!

Each bar is about the size of an index card in length, and has a chewy, dense consistency.

Chocolate Chip is my favorite of the 3. It’s sweet and chewy, with big chocolate chips. It really tastes like cookie dough to me, especially when you heat it in the microwave for a few seconds (then the chocolate chips become gooey and just delicious!). And, if you let it sit for a minute or so after  microwaving it, it gets  a little bit of a “crunch” to it, which I would imagine to be from the oats. Another idea- smear some good ol’ peanut butter on it. What  better than salty & sweet combo? 🙂 5 stars

Next up on the list, is the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Also a divine flavor, this one is sweet and has a delicious drizzly coating of white chocolate icing, as well as white chocolate chunks throughout the bar. It’s buttery and flavor, and the macadamia nuts add a nice touch, without being overpowering. Again, awesome heated in the microwave 🙂 5 stars

Next up, the seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie . It has a nice pumpkin flavor, and you can definietely taste the nutmeg and spices. The thick coating of icing on top is the perfect addition, a sweet vanilla that balances the spices in this bar. The chewy raisins also add a nice touch, and make it feel more home-made. There were also pieces of almonds, which I could have done without, but weren’t bad. 4 stars
*note, this one is a seasonal flavor, meaning it’s only available during late in fall/winter season.
But once you can find it, it’s worth it!*

Overall, I loooove these bars! Although the downside is that they are a tad high in sugar per bar, it is good to energize you for a workout, or a meal on the go with some fruit or veggies. They are high in protein, fortified with vitamins and minerals, generally low in fat, and a good source of fiber per bar. They are also all natural and made with organic ingredients. I would highly reccomend these for the active lifestyle, or if you just want a yummy treat!

*Have you ever tried Clif bars? Which is your favorite?
*Also, Don’t forget the Nana’s Cookie Company giveaway!

Chocolate Chip- 1 bar is 240 calories, 5 grams of fat, 44 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Molasses Powder, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Cinnamon.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut- 1 bar is 240 calories, 7 grams of fat, 41 carbohydrates,4 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Macadamia Nuts, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Macadamia Nuts, Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie- 1 bar is 240 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 45 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber,  25 grams of sugar, and 9 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro®(Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Pumpkin, ClifCrunch®(Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Spices (Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves), Sea Salt, Colored with Annatto

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