Thursday, May 30, 2013

Clif Coconut Chocolate Chip

Clif Coconut Chocolate Chip ($0.99, Harris Teeter)
2.4 oz / 68g

Ingredients: organic brown rice syrup, soy rice crisps, organic roasted soybeans, organic soy flour, organic rolled oats, organic toasted oats, organic cane syrup, chocolate chips, organic oat fiber, inulin, organic milled flaxseed, psyllium, organic coconut, organic date paste, organic sunflower oil, natural flavors, sea salt, natural vitamin e. 

Calories: 240
Calories from fat: 50
Fat: 6g (9%)
Sat. Fat: 2.5g (13%)
Sodium: 180mg (8%)
Total Carb: 42g (14%)
Fiber: 5g (20%)
Sugars: 22g
Protein: 10g 

This is a pretty standard clif bar - soft texture, terrible looks, good taste. Aptly named, this really is very similar to the regular chocolate chip clif bar plus a subtle addition of coconut. This reminds me a lot less of a girl scout cookie than the clif mojo and in fact the coconut tastes a little hollow without the almonds. This is personally telling, I clearly 'feel like a nut.' In any event I think the clif mojo is better - if you're eating full-sized clif bars you should add this to the rotation but if you're trying to make up for the fact that girl scout cookies only come once a year you should get the mojo bar. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Luna Lemon Zest

Luna Lemon Zest ($0.99, Harris Teeter)
1.69 oz / 48g

Ingredients: soy rice crisps, organic toasted oats, organic roasted soybeans, organic soy flour, organic oatmeal, organic brown rice syrup, organic dried cane syrup, palm kernel oil, organic palm kernel oil, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla, inulin, lemon fruit pieces, organic soy butter, organic oat syrup solids, vegetable glycerin, organic sunflower oil, natural flavor, organic natural flavors, citric acid, sea salt.

Calories: 180
Calories from fat: 45
Fat: 5g (8%)
Sat. Fat: 2.5g (13%)
Sodium: 115mg (5%)
Total Carb: 27g (9%)
Fiber: 3g (12%)
Sugars: 13g
Protein: 9g 

Man, I am feeling lucky today. I have taken my lemons and made both natural flavor and organic natural flavors. This is a granola bar sitting in a bed of icing. It immediately smells like those lemon cookies you might have had as a kid - like an oreo but with lemon icing in the middle of two vanilla cookies. I could only wish it tasted that good - in fact it is waaaaay more lemony and less vanilla-y. This isn't a bad bar but whoa, nellie is it ever lemony! I think the icing is really a bridge too far; I think it might be better if it were a little less sweet. Can't recommend it. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Larabar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Larabar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ($1.50, Harris Teeter)
1.6 oz / 45g

Ingredients: dates, peanuts, chocolate chips, sea salt.

Calories: 220
Calories from fat: 110
Fat: 11g (17%)
Sat. Fat: 3g (15%)
Sodium: 60mg (3%)
Total Carb: 26g (9%)
Fiber: 3g (12%)
Sugars: 19g
Protein: 6g 

Another day another date. These continue to be good, well above average and without scary ingredients but pricey, super ugly looking and loaded down with sugar. I'm pretty sure you can apply this reasoning to all of the Larabars now. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Larabar Banana Bread

Larabar Banana Bread ($1.50, Harris Teeter)
1.8 oz / 51g

Ingredients: almonds, dates, unsweetened bananas. 

Calories: 230
Calories from fat: 100
Fat: 11g (17%)
Sat. Fat: 1g (4%)
Sodium: 0mg (0%)
Total Carb: 30g (10%)
Fiber: 5g (20%)
Sugars: 20g
Protein: 6g 

Not surprisingly a compressed date bar but instead of cocoa this one has bananas in it. It looks terrible, a blotchy mess. I think I've mentioned before that these mostly look like bars of fancy soap. Anyway, it tastes good - the almonds provide some texture and it tastes like, well, banana bread. I feel like that can't really be possible; like they must be controlling my mind somehow. This is just pulverized bananas, dates, and almonds - not even any spices or anything, according to the wrapper - but it really does evoke a "banana bread" taste. And yes, it is over half fat & sugar but presumably they are the good kinds that come from fruits and nuts. So maybe there is some supernatural (see what I did there?) force at work but I suppose at the end of the day you have to throw your lot in with someone, might as well be the magical banana bread people. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut, Peanut

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut, Peanut (6 for $3.49, Harris Teeter)
1.2 oz / 35g

Ingredients: roasted peanuts, high maltose corn syrup, sugar, whole grain oats, tapioca syrup, palm kernel oil, rice flour, fructose, whole grain wheat, peanut butter, canola oil, maltodextrin, salt, partially defatted peanut flour, soy lecithin, reduced minerals whey, nonfat milk, barley malt extract, honey, roasted almond butter, baking soda, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols. 

Calories: 170
Calories from fat: 80
Fat: 9g (13%)
Sat. Fat: 2.5g (13%)
Sodium: 140mg (6%)
Total Carb: 20g (7%)
Fiber: 2g (7%)
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 4g 

It was brought to my attention that I hadn't reviewed this bar, so here I go. I like it. It is a sort of sticky, peanutty granola bar sitting in a bed of icing. It tastes like a candy bar. In fact, my friend who asked if I reviewed it told me that she eats these instead of candy bars. I will eat at least 6 of them instead of a proper breakfast!