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Want the cold hard truth? Not really. No, not even for athletes (we hear you shouting about your post-workout needs). While athletes do benefit from eating snacks high in protein, sugar, and calories, no one needs the amount of sugar found in most CLIF bars. And that especially true when there are better choices with whole food ingredients that can fuel your energy levels without sending you into a sugar coma.
Barbie Boules, RDN, of Barbie Boules Longevity Nutrition, Inc., doubles down even harder on CLIF bars, calling them "Snickers with a health halo." (For reference, a Snickers bar has comparable nutrition information: four grams of protein, 27 grams of sugar, 250 calories, and 33 grams of carbs. That comes out to a little less protein than a dark chocolate almond CLIF bar and a little bit more sugar; however, it also contains fewer carbs and less calories.)
The point? It might actually be better for you to indulge in a candy bar once in a while, recognizing it as a treat, instead of noshing on CLIF bars every day while thinking you're making a healthy choice.
Still committed to CLIF? The bars may not be the best healthy snack option, but they could be a healthier dessert than a slice of cake. No matter how you plan to eat them, know that some CLIF bar flavors are significantly better for you than others.
There are about 50 different varieties of CLIF bars, but nutritionists only recommend these five flavors. They're relatively low in sugar and feature cleaner ingredients. This way, the high protein count that is CLIF's signature selling point can actually benefit you (rather than being drowned out in a sea of brown rice syrup).
The Whole Lotta line of CLIF bars gets the highest seal of approval from nutritionists out of all the CLIF varieties. The ingredients are almost 100 percent whole foods, so you can read the label and actually recognize the stuff you're eating. And though these are still high in sugar, it's not the kind of sugar you need to stress over (i.e. added or artificial).
"All the sugar [in the Whole Lotta bars] comes from fruit," says Harris-Pincus, adding that the roasted peanut chocolate bar also has four grams of fiber from nuts and seeds, plus 10 grams of plant-based protein.
Should you drink a smoothie or eat a snack bar? With the fruit smoothie-filled CLIF bar, you don't have to choose. Although the ingredient list here is longer than the Whole Lotta bars, Thurlow says it doesn't contain soy and keeps its added sugars to a minimum (11 grams total, eight of them added). It also lists oat flour, a nut and seed butter blend, and rolled oats on the label before getting around to brown rice syrup, unlike many of its traditional CLIF bar counterparts.
For a brand of snack bars generally not recommended by nutrition experts, it's surprising that any of them could really be called the worst. Somehow, though, nutritionists called out the following three options specifically.
We absolutely LOVE this recipe. Have made it SO many times! Cliff bars are so yummy but so darn expensive so this has been such a blessing of a recipe to me and my family. With 5 of us eating these we definitely make a double recipe!
Hi Lisa, It sounds like it could definitely be the homemade peanut butter. It has much different properties (and his way less oily) than commercial peanut butter, which is why your bars ended up too dry. I would try regular peanut butter, or compensate with something to mimic the oil.
I eat Clif bars like a crazy person and probably could not make them frequently enough to fuel my habit! But I wanted to make these to get a little variety into my rotation. I love the flavors. But I have one suggestion that worked out well for me: my dates became a firm puree instead of pieces and were difficult to mix with the oats/cereal, so I threw everything back in the food processor (oat, cereal, dates, nuts, and all) and they mixed well and I think the texture is even better! So if anyone is having trouble mixing, give this a shot! Next time I might pour the PB/rice syrup into the food processor, too. Thanks for the fun recipe!
Despite my love for them, I know Larabars are polarizing. Once during a class in college, a recruiter from General Mills (which acquired Larabar some years back) brought Larabar samples for everyone to try. Some people loved them. Others hated them.
Clif and Luna bars are mainly oat-based, like Chewy and Nutri-Grain bars. They tend to be soft and chewy and sometimes have a coating of chocolate, peanut butter, or yogurt. Probars are primarily oat-based but also contain a fair amount of dates and nuts.
RxBars and Larabars are mainly date-based. However, their textures are quite different. RxBars are tough and chewy while Larabars are softer and more crumbly. Date-based bars tend to be sweeter since dates are naturally high in sugar.
Oat-based bars tend to have high amounts of carbs, mainly from whole grains (the oats). Their sugar content can range from anywhere from 5 to 20+ grams depending on the flavor. They tend to be low in fat content.
Date-based bars also tend to be high in carbs, but mainly from the fructose that comes from the dates. Their protein and fat content vary depending on the flavor and brand. For example, RxBars are higher in protein content and marketed as protein bars because they contain egg whites, while Larabars tend to have five or fewer grams of protein per bar.
Nut-based bars tend to have fewer carbs but higher amounts of fat and protein. According to Kind the bars in their Nuts & Spices line contain five grams of sugar or less which, they claim, is 50% less sugar than the average nutrition bar.
Clif, Luna, and Probars on average have the most ingredients. Probars tend to contain mostly natural ingredients while Clif and Luna bars contain processed ingredients such as soy protein isolate.
In addition to its signature original Clif Bar, the company produces a variety of energy bars tailored to women, children, and other markets, a sports drink, and fruit-based items such as fruit ropes. In 2014, the company unveiled four gel-like squeezable 'energy foods' that were expanded in early 2016 to encompass six flavors. All products use organic ingredients. Seventy percent of the company's purchased ingredients are certified organic.
I just finished making these. Amazing! Since my hubs and I eat the Clif Builder bars for their protein content, I actually omitted the chocolate chips, and added 3 scoops of vanilla whey protein, along with about a 1/4 cup of water. And I used peanut butter. They turned out amazing! By my estimate, it changed the nutrition to close to an actual Clif Builder Bar. A little higher fat content, but not enough to deter me from using this before a run!
Are these supposed to be baked in the oven or are these no bake bars? I see your other clif bars are baked. I made these and these are not holding together very well so I thought maybe a piece was missing out of the directions, especially where it says to cool on a cooling rack. Thank you.
So far, so good. To make my own recipe, I first tried reading other homemade Clif bar recipes like this one, and found they closely mirror the homemade granola bars I usually make. As expected, protein content was sorely lacking; none of the recipes I found included a protein powder, so most got their entire protein content from peanut butter and/or nuts, rarely passing 5g of protein per bar.
As expected, this was a pain to mix. Soy protein sucks the life and liquid out of everything it touches, but a couple tablespoons of warm water and some patience (and eventually ditching the wooden spoon and just mixing with bare hands) created a hefty mix that held together easily. I shaped the bars and moved it into the fridge for a half hour to firm up, but I doubt that was necessary. That stability at room temperature means they should survive well in my pack.
These bars are a low-sugar, high-protein choice for breakfast.Unlike many other store-bought bars, NuGo Slim contains no hydrogenated vegetable oils and thus no trans fats, which have been linked to increased inflammation and a higher risk of heart disease (10, 11).Instead, their crunchy peanut butter bars provide healthy fats from almonds and peanuts (12).
Clif Bars are an incredibly popular energy bar that also double as breakfast bars. In particular, their blueberry crisp flavor makes a great morning meal.Made with rolled oats, soy protein, and dried blueberries, these bars are rich in protein and fiber to keep you full and energized all morning long (19).Plus, blueberries contain several anti-inflammatory compounds that may help boost immunity, promote brain and heart health, and protect against some cancers (20).
Enjoy Life breakfast ovals contain no dairy, nuts, or gluten, and are free of most common allergens.In particular, the chocolate chip banana variety provides over 20 grams of whole grains per bar for stable energy levels all morning long (21).You can also find these bars in apple cinnamon, berry medley, and maple fig flavors.
High in protein, healthy fats, and fiber, Perfect Bars are a nutritionally balanced option to start your day.Peanut butter, the main ingredient in these bars, may provide additional benefits when eaten with breakfast.According to one study, 15 women with obesity who added peanut butter to their breakfast experienced better blood sugar control. In turn, this may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (22).
To make oatmeal bars, combine 3 cups (240 grams) of old-fashioned oats with 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Whisk 1 cup (240 ml) of milk, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup (120 ml) of maple syrup. 781b155fdc