I’ve long been a fan of CLIF and have had several opportunities to try out their products. As a busy parent and endurance enthusiast, there are times when it’s just simpler to use one of their products rather than create something from scratch. A favorite place for us to store these kinds of snacks is in the car console – a perfect way to get some peace and quiet when the drive gets a bit too long and also handy after running at the forest preserves.
Our family recently had the opportunity to try the CLIF Builder’s Protein Bars. These are a high-protein bar offering 20 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals for healthy muscle recovery and total body fitness. Since the Builder’s are formulated with adult needs in mind, we gave our children only a third or a quarter of a bar to taste.
We’re happy to share with them, because CLIF Builder’s are free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives and ingredients sourced from GMOs. As a near-vegan, I’m glad that there are no ingredients derived from animals in CLIF Builder’s. Be aware that the Builder’s Bars contain organic rolled oats, which do have a natural amount of gluten.
These bars are really filling — even half is plenty for a snack or post-workout. Very tasty, though the one drawback I found is that they are quite sweet, nearing candy bar taste. On the positive side, these can soothe your sweet tooth in a much healthier way than a candy bar can.
Just 35 percent of Americans understand their protein needs, according to a nationwide phone survey of 1,000 people ages 18 and over conducted recently by CLIF Builder’s and Kelton Research. Key nutrition knowledge about protein lags far behind Americans’ awareness of other basic health and fitness concepts.
For example, the survey discovered that more than twice as many Americans understand how often they should work out (76 percent) or their ideal weight range (69 percent). To help people learn about their individual protein needs, CLIF Builder’s has created a guide to protein and nutrition, including an interactive protein calculator, available at CLIFBuilders.com.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog – courtesy of CLIF, via Double-Forte. I did not pay for these items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)