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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Whole Clif Grain Z-Bars are not just for kids!

whole grain clif z-barsSo, most of us dieters know there has been a "bar craze" to accompany the "diet craze." There are so many bars at the supermarket to chose from, but not all of them are good for you or your diet (I've seen them go up to 400 calories which is way too much for such a small snack). So, when I look at bars, I look at the actual ingredients, the calories, the fat content, and the fiber content. I make sure there is no high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils in the ingredients, and that the bars have natural ingredients in them. I strive to only post items that pass this test (aka "healthy") items to this blog as there are plenty of great yummy diet food options out there, that are also good for you too (so I won't be blogging about the latest 100 calorie snack to hit the supermarket anytime soon).

The Clif "Kid" Z Bar is one of my most favorite snack bars. It is very healthy -- it is organic, whole grain, has fiber, and has no artificial ingredients. It is also quite yummy, and filling. It is a great snack. They come in an array of flavors (in order from my favorite to least favorite): Chocolate Chip, Honey Graham, Peanut Butter, Brownie, Blueberry, and Apple Cinnamon. They are super cheap (maybe because they target kids instead of dieters), and they are available for $.49/each at my local Whole Foods. They are also available at Trader Joes (last I saw they were $.69/each). Lastly, they are available online at the Yummy Diet Food Amazon Store. Each bar is a satisfying, yummy, and they are 2 WW points (except the peanut butter flavor, which is 3 WW points).

Shopping Tip: When buying bars at the supermarket, make sure you look at the actual ingredients (stay away from high fructose corn syrup, or partially hydrogenated ingredients) calories, amount of fat, amount of fiber, and the amount of protein. Good, yummy, bars for your diet are usually all natural, and less than 200 calories or so (although some are a bit higher in calories, and also in fat, because they contain nuts, which is okay in moderation).

Here are some links to a few of my other favorite low calorie bars: gnu foods, fruitabu, fiberful, luna tea cakes, attune probiotic bar, and figamajigs.


- Juliet


Frances said...

I love love love the chocolate brownie! It's the only one I have tried so far, but I bought blueberry today and I'll try that soon.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you like them!

Anonymous said...

My local Costco in Kansas City just started carrying these. I will try them.

Frances said...

The bars are on sale at Raleys-60 cents each. The Luna tea cakes are also on sale.

Anonymous said...

I am in Canada, is there anyplace to get these healthy products here.

Elizabeth said...

I'm not sure. My best advice is to try to go to the product sites online and use their store locators.

Anonymous said...

These bars are amazing. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thanks for listing them on your awesome blog. I would have never tried them otherwise.

Linda said...

I found the clif z kid bars first at big lots. also target carries them also. My favorite is blueberry. I bought an apricot bar of some other type of clif bar and did not like it. too grainy and strange flavor. maybe i am just not an apricot fan.. so back to the blueberry clif kid bars i go. love the low calorie count of these since they are tailored for kids.

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