I am a big fan of Clif Bar products. I like that they are organic and non-GMO. Many of them are also Kosher and/or have a low glycemic index, and some are gluten-free. The energy bars are high in protein, which provides additional energy for being active and exercising. I’ve also discovered that the CLIF BUILDER’S® Protein Bars curb my appetite and help me avoid less healthy cravings. There are plenty of Clif Bar products that range in their purpose, flavor, and texture. So far, I’ve enjoyed all the flavors I’ve tried, perhaps because they don’t have that “health food” taste.
Clif Bar has released a few new products this past summer, including an energy bar filled with smoothie flavored cream, a granola cereal, and a line of sweet and salty flavors. They also have some new additions to their Clif Kid line.
The CLIF® Fruit Smoothie Filled Energy Bars are soft-baked and filled with a creamy filling that’s similar to many yogurt filled products. The flavors of the fillings are based on popular smoothie flavors, and the ingredients are similar to what you would find in a health food smoothie. As of right now, Clif Bar has three Fruit Smoothie Filled flavors. The Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie Filled energy bar adds chia and pumpkin seeds to the classic strawberry-banana smoothie mix. It also includes dried cranberries and dried raspberries for some extra zest. Like the Strawberry Banana flavor, the Wild Blueberry Acai and Tart Cherry Berry flavors also include pumpkin seeds, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, and date paste. For a little extra tartness, the Tart Cherry Berry also includes lime juice. Each of the Fruit Smoothie Filled Energy Bars has a low glycemic index, which is great for those who need to watch their carb/sugar intake.
CLIF® Energy Granola is a granola cereal that has eight grams of plant-based protein in every serving (2/3 cup), is gluten-free and has a low glycemic index. It comes in four flavors, each with its own sweet taste and crunchy texture. The White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Granola is made with clusters of vanilla granola, white chocolate chunks, crunchy macadamia nuts, cashews, and toasted oats. The Cocoa Almond, Cinnamon Almond, and Blueberry Crisp flavors each contain almonds, pumpkin seeds, toasted oats, and apropos flavored granola clusters. The Cinnamon Almond Energy Granola also has sunflower seeds. While I thoroughly enjoy granola cereals, one of my favorite flavor mixes is blueberries and cinnamon. Not to worry, though, I can just mix a little of the Blueberry Crisp with the Cinnamon Almond. Yum!
Clif Bar has a line dedicated to children, Clif Kid, which is designed to provide children with the energy needed to support their active lifestyles. Like all of the Clif Bar products, CLIF Kid Zbar® and other Clif Kid goods are organic (meaning no yucky stuff like high-fructose corn syrup), and non-GMO (meaning no modified food starch and the like). It’s important to me that I give my kids healthy options. I admit that I’m not always as dedicated to that goal as I’d like to be, but Clif Kid bars help when choosing snacks for them to eat before recess or after school. And, it’s also worth noting that they actually like them.
The CLIF Kid Zbar® was the first Clif Bar kid product. It is soft baked and comes in four kid-friendly flavors: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, S’mores, and Iced Oatmeal Cookie, which blends the organic whole grain oats with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. Soon, there will be a new flavor available. The Caramel Chocolate Zbar will combine a sweet caramel flavor with chocolate chips. As mentioned, there are other Clif Kid products to try, such as the ZBar Filled, which has nut butter filling, ZBar Protein, and ZFruit.
You might not realize it, but Clif Bar has a café by the name of Kali’s Kitchen. The employee-run café is exclusively for Clif Bar employees and their guests. It was there that the idea for their new line of Sweet & Salty Energy Bars was born. Kali’s Kitchen offers soft baked cookies with a hint of sea salt for that perfect sweet and salty mix.
CLIF® Sweet & Salty Energy Bars are available in four flavors, including Peanut Butter & Honey, Caramel Toffee, Chocolate Chunk, and Dark Chocolate Almond.
For more information on other Clif Bar products, check out their website at www.clifbar.com. And, if you try any of these awesome treats, let us know how you like them.