Foods to Fuel You
On my recent trip to the Team Luna Chix summit, Tish and I had the chance to stuff ourselves with all of the Clif and Luna Bar products that we could. It was like Christmas. And boy, did we take advantage. I scarfed at least one Clif bar and one Luna protein bar a day. Oh, who am I kidding?! I probably had two of each both days. So yummy. Anyways, today we’re reviewing three of those nom-tastic Clif Bar products we tried. Read on for the delicious 411!
Clif Shot Bloks were my fave form of energy during long training runs, and Tish and I ate them all throughout the marathon. These bite-sized gummies are filled with electrolytes and sugar to help fuel your activity when you’re working out for more than an hour, and I have to admit that they’re pretty tasty, especially when you’re 20 miles into your run. I was a huge fan of the black cherry variety, which even has caffeine in it (perfect for long early-morning runs), but at the summit, I was introduced to two new flavors that I’d never seen at my local running store: tropical punch and margarita. Yes, you read that right. Margarita! I have yet to find the Margarita ones and they were out at the event (sad face), but Tish did jack a few packs of the the tropicals and OMG what a find.
The tropicals were like a party for your mouth. We stuffed a bunch of the flavors in the back of our totally groovy biking shirt pockets and quickly forgot about them. That is until we arrived at our first rest stop to fuel up. I pulled out those blue bits for Jenn and myself and the fruity fantasia began. When you’re exhausted and in definite need of fuel, you’ll eat just about anything and these were like gifts from the workout gods. If you’re partaking in sweat fests that last an hour or more, these are the perfect fuel and fun for a job well done.
I love Larabars, especially the peanut butter cookie ones and the cherry pie. Deeeelicious! But why am I talking about Larabars in a Clif Bar-themed post? Well, because it’s the best way for me to describe these new Clif C bars. These puppies really do remind me a Larabar. They have a similar consistency and flavor, although they’re a little crunchier with a layer of fruit and a small layer of nuts.
The bars are 70 percent organic (hooray!), boost a small ingredient list that you can pronounce and include a full serving of fruit in each one. Clocking in at 130 calories, they’re a fruity snack to get you from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner. I do wish they had a touch more protein (each only has 2 grams) and less sugar (they do taste darn sweet), but their 4 grams of fiber softens me on that.
Would I go so far as to say that these bars are as good as my beloved Larabars? Nah. That’s a tall mountain of tastiness to climb. But they are good.
Mojo is something every pro (fill in the blank with your favorite sport/workout) should look for in their athletic groove. I chuckled when I read the name of Clif’s Mojo peanut butter pretzel bar, but I was singing another tune after taking a bite of one of these bad boys that were a mix of salty and sweet. It was more like “Get in my tummy, oh yeahhh” and it sounded like Barry White.
With all of the yummy protein (10 grams) your body will be singing songs of happiness, too. Remember, if you get in some protein goodness at least 30 minutes after your workout, your muscles will thank you.
What’s your favorite bar? Or do you eat bars at all? Or do you just go to the bar. Tell us about it! —Jenn & Tish