Clif Sports Energy Bars Review

Hey there. I’ve recently been sent some Clif Sports Energy Bars for review from Probikekit.co.uk. Probikekit is primarily an online cyclist shop, selling cycling gear, fitness clothes and nutritional items but it has also branched out into the running world.

I’ve seen Clif bars about all over the place. Other than sports shops (online and real), you can sometimes be lucky enough to get one in a race goodie bag or they might have samples going at different events. For instance, we saw them at the Portsmouth Marathon expo and at Endure 24.

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Runners were like bees round honey at this free samples tent

I’d only tried little samples and found they were extremely moreish and very filling (a dangerous combo perhaps…).

Anyway I was sent a box to trial. Being the good wife I am I let Ben try some as well. He’s been enjoying them for breakfast and the occasional snack – he loves them. I’ve been having them as afternoon snacks (that awkward hungry time between lunch and dinner) and also for times when I know food is going to be a while round the corner, like bridging the gap between a race and a proper meal.

Clif BarBefore I get on to the nitty gritties about the taste and nutritional value, I must mention the ethos behind the company:

“Good food provides health, joy, and energy, and is a delight to the senses. And food, made right, can make the world a better place.

That’s why we use wholesome ingredients in all our products.  And all our food is free of hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.

We recognize that food matters to our families, our communities, and our planet – as our food choices affect the physical, social, and environmental fabric of our lives.”

Source

For these energy bars, they use 70% organic ingredients, they’re GMO free, vegan and a powerhouse of energy and nutrition: each bar (depending on flavour) contains 9-11 grams of protein, 4-5 grams of fibre, they’re free of trans fats and contain 23 vitamins and minerals.

There are several flavours available on the site: chocolate chip, chocolate and almond, peanut butter, white chocolate and the one I picked – oat, raisin and walnut. This bar contains 243 calories and tasted divine. A brilliant chewy texture with lots of flavour. It is nice and filling as well due to all that protein.

Clif Bar 2I would definitely recommend these as emergency snacks to keep with you day-to-day, or to fuel you during a long walk or cycle or even cut up and used on a long run if you’re able to stomach something as chewy as this (I tend to get a stitch sadly, but for walking and cycling these are perfect for me).

Have you ever tried the Clif products?

What snacks do you have to tide you over between meals?

What’s more important to you: calories or protein content?

**Full Disclosure: I was sent this product for review. All opinions are my own**

12 Replies to “Clif Sports Energy Bars Review”

  1. I love clif bars! I tell you what is weird through- when they first were in the UK they were smaller – I think it was around 180 cals a bar, and then they stopped those and went with the US sizes, which meant we got a few more flavours. I love the oatmeal raisin, or peanut butter ones, and when we go to the US we tend to buy a few (we rarely have lunch on holiday so they are a good size to share too)- the fruity ones are a bit too sweet for me, but they do a chocolate almond one, and a pb chocolate one which are my favourites.
    I think protein is more important as ultimately it keeps you fuller- a low calorie cereal bar is a false economy as I am hungry very soon after.
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    1. I think I’d much prefer them as a smaller bar as they are quite hefty now – more of a mini meal than a snack.
      Yep I agree about the low calorie comment. I tend to snack on nuts now if I’m peckish at work whereas before I might have had a bit of fruit or a packet of rice crisps.
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  2. I used to eat clif bars all the time, you can get so many flavours in the states. I don’t eat them as often now, as I don’t like the never ending ingredients list, but I do like them as a treat now and again. I have made my own version at home a few times and they’ve come out really well.
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