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Clif Bar Seasonal Flavors Are Back!

One of the greatest things about fall is the arrival of seasonal Clif Bars. For the past few weeks every time my wife went to the grocery store she looked for the seasonal Clif Bars and last week they finally arrived! In addition to Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Iced Gingerbread, this year Clif introduced the new Peppermint Stick flavored bars. If you want to try these delicious bars you had better hurry because they are only available until the end of December (or until they run out).

Clif Bar Seasonal Flavors

Clif Bar Seasonal Flavors

I have been an avid consumer of Clif Bars for nearly ten years. During my first year of cycling I tried to eat PowerBar Energy Gels on my rides, but those things always tasted like a high school chemistry experiment gone bad. The first time I tried a Clif Bar was the day I quit buying anything from PowerBar.

Clif Bars come is sixteen regular flavors plus the three seasonal flavors. The Iced Gingerbread is my favorite seasonal flavor and the Black Cherry Almond is my favorite during the rest of the year. Each bar has between 230 and 250 calories and they average around 44 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of protein each. And, if you are interested, Clif Bars are also Kosher and vegan approved.

Clif Bars are made with 70% organic ingredients. However, I am more impressed by what they do not contain. Clif Bars are made without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or artificial flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.

I am not going to try to list the ingredients in every flavor of Clif Bar, but I think you can get a general idea by looking at the ingredient list for the Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Molasses, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Safflower Oil Roasted Pecans, ClifCrunch (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Crystallized Ginger (Ginger, Cane Sugar), Organic Soy Butter, Organic Raisins, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Spices.

Clif Bars retail for around $1.50 at the grocery stores in my area, and they are cheaper if you buy them in a 12 pack. The best I can tell, fresh-baked Clif Bars have about a nine month shelf life. The grocery store where we shop has a high turnover rate on their Clif Bars, so I have never had a stale bar. However, Amazon.com has a terrible reputation for sending out expired or short-dated Clif Bars, so I think you would be better off finding them from a local store than buying them online.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Product Reviews, Sports Nutrition

 

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Gatorade vs. Clif Shot Electrolyte Replacement Drink

About ten years ago I quit consuming any product that contained high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and as a result I had to give up products like Gatorade. Since I couldn’t drink Gatorade I started drinking Clif Shot Electrolyte Replacement Drink while cycling and was very happy with it. Last year Gatorade dropped the use of HFCS and is now sweetened with a sucrose-dextrose combination. Since Gatorade is a lot cheaper than the Clif Shot Electrolyte Drink I decided to do a little comparison shopping and thought you might like to know the results.

Gatorade vs. Clif Shot Electrolyte Replacement Drink

Gatorade vs. Clif Shot Electrolyte Replacement Drink

In this post I am going to compare Gatorade powder mix (not the far more expensive bottles) against Clif Shot Electrolyte powder. Since I do not work in a laboratory I am going to have to round off a few numbers, but I think I’ll be close enough for you to draw some reasonable conclusions on your own. Gatorade powder sells for $4 for an 18.4-ounce tub and will make about thirteen 20-ounce bottles. Clif Shot Electrolyte powder comes in 2-pound containers and will make about fourteen 20-ounce bottles.

A 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade has 130 calories and 34 grams of carbohydrates. Each bottle also has 270mg of sodium and 80mg of potassium. When made from powder Gatorade costs only .31¢ for a 20-ounce bottle.

A 20-ounce bottle of Clif Shot Electrolyte has 260 calories and 62 grams of carbohydrates. Each bottle also has 650mg of sodium and 162mg of potassium. The cost for this 20-ounce bottle is $1.57.

Aside from the differences in price, there are a couple other things to consider. Every cyclist is different, but based upon my size and average speed I burn around 1050 calories an hour while riding and I like to consume between 250 and 300 calories per hour. If I drink a 20-ounce bottle of Clif Shot Electrolyte every hour while cycling I would not need to consume anything else to meet my needed intake of calories. This is not a bad thing, but I like to consume a bit of food while on the bike. However, on days when the heat index is over 100 I don’t usually feel like eating anyway and the extra sodium and potassium in Clif Shot Electrolyte is really needed.

In my opinion Gatorade and Clif Shot Electrolyte taste a lot alike. In fact, I don’t think I could tell the difference between them in a blind taste test. I like both of these products (and both companies) so I will probably continue to use both of them.

 

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