Monday, March 30, 2009

Clif Z Bars: Chocolate Brownie Review and a GIVEAWAY!


Anything that is made for kids always makes me feel young when I enjoy them. With that in mind, I feel like I should hit the playground every time I enjoy a Clif Kid Organic Z Bar! I recently told a friend of mine about how amazing these bars are and she asked why I hadn't blogged about them yet. My response: "I haven't?!?!?"

I love chocolate. I also love getting a nutritious bang for my caloric buck. The Clif Bar company has come up with a line of bars that meet both needs. The Clif Kids Organic Z Bar in Chocolate Brownie is perhaps my favorite. It is loaded with calcium and other necessary vitamins and minerals utilizing all natural and organic ingredients. Yet it maintains a chocolate brownie goodness that makes me feel like I am being bad! The best part? All of this goodness comes in a generous 120 calorie bar! I keep one of these in my suitcase for travel dessert cravings to help me avoid the Ben and Jerry's sold at the hotel front counter.

Upon first bite, you can feel the whole grains in your mouth but almost immeadiately, a wave of sweet chocolate rushes over your taste buds. The bar is chewy but has a baked goods consistency that helps leave me satiated. I appreciated that there is a drizzle of what appears to be a chocolate icing on top to make it more kid-friendly in the dessert appeals (it works for my visual appetite as well!). The flavor is rich and satisfies my chocolate craving before I finish the bar. By the time I am done, I have had a great dessert or midday snack and I am ready to hit the road.

Speaking of roads, I have a flight to catch in less than two hours so I better get moving! Here is the low-down on ingredients, nutritional info and the contest that I am sponsoring:

Ingredients: Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Fig Paste, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Soy Butter, Natural Flavors, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Salt, Baking Soda.

Nutritional Information: 120 calories / 3 grams of fat / 3 grams of fiber / 3 gram of protein

To celebrate what has long been a sweet healthy staple of mine, I am giving away 6 bars and a two coupons to a lucky reader. You will get 3 of the brownie bars and three chocolate chip bars as well as two coupons to try out your pick of bars. To earn entries:

1. Leave a comment on this post about what bar you would like to try. You can check out the entire Z Bar line here.
2. Earn an additional entry by linking this contest back to your blog and sending me the link!
3. Earn an additional entry by listing Uncovering Food on your blog roll (let me know if you already have!).
3. Earn TWO additional entries by becoming a follower of this blog. If you are already a follower, let me know!

This contest will end on April 5th. Good luck!

50 comments:

blackdove5 said...

I'm torn between Honey Graham and Spooky S'Mores....

Mo Diva said...

I love the Z bars! I love them more than the adult bars! They are just as filling and probably more tasty! mmmm!

Danielle said...

I love the zbars but have only tried the chocolate chip, brownie, and pb.
But all 3 were fabulous!!

Mom on the Run said...

Z-bars are a great kid friendly bar. We have not had them in a while. Great Review!

Lisa D. said...

I just received my package and thank you so much! I cannot wait to try out both bars! I have had my eye on Z-bars for awhile but never tried one! can't wait! although you are makin this brownie one sound amazing

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

I love a bars too!

Passionate Eater said...

I am not going to enter your drawing, but I am going to comment on the fact that it is nice to see the Clif Bar company making healthy snack alternatives for kids. Good luck to your readers on getting the prize!

cpullum said...

Carrot Cake!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Selba said...

The zbar sounds interesting :)

Karin said...

Blueberry sounds pretty good to me~~

ikkinlala said...

May Canadians enter? I'd most like to try the Peanut Butter Zbar.

foodhoe said...

I'm just here looking at the food. I haven't ever noticed this line of kids snackbars, but they sound more like my type of taste than the adult ones! Thanks for the delicious and informative post...

Missy said...

Z-Bars are the best!! My favorite would have to be the Blueberry!! I just added you to my blogroll and follower list and I am linking back in my next post!

Rachel said...

I'd love try these! Especially the pb.
And I added you to my blog roll!

megan said...

I would love to try the honey graham flavor! I've only tried chocolate brownie and chocolate chip, but i love them both :)

Julie said...

I wanna try the apple cin :) Added you to my Reader and I'll link back!

Lora said...

blueberry!!!! great contest!

Lora said...

linking back and following your blog now!

goodie said...

choc chip!

Robin said...

Hmm...I'm not sure which sounds better, spooky s'mores or the peanut butter. I hope I win so I can try them both!

Anne said...

Ooh, I want to try the blueberry! I added you to my google reader :D

jm said...

Hi,
I love the blueberry and chocolate chip bars. I became a "follower" and added you to my google reader.
Thank you so much for the opportunity;-)

kaymor said...

i'd love to try the apple one! i can't find it anywhere! i do love the chocolate chip one though! i'm adding you to my blog roll and becoming a follower as well!

L. Elizabeth said...

Chocolate Brownie would rock my existence on this world! Yum Yum! I would LOVE to try!

-Leslie
http://lovejackson.blogspot.com

L. Elizabeth said...

I also became a follower! Feel free to follow me too!

-Leslie

L. Elizabeth said...

sorry for the many posts, but i ALSO added you to my blog roll! :)

Happy Tuesday!

swirlycinnacakes said...

i'd love to try the blueberry!

i linked back to your post, added you to my blogroll, and became a follower. :)

thanks!

Zara said...

Do you buy your Z bars at Costco? My kids are obsessed with these and get them every time we go to Trader Joe's. I LOVE the brownie one.

I have NEVER been able to find the s'mores one. The peanut butter one sounds good, too!

I am already a follower. I'll add a link to your post tomorrow. Good luck, everyone!

Keegan said...

I would love to try the peanut butter! I also officially became a follower :)

Jen said...

peanut butter and s'mores both sound amazing!

Jane Beall said...

S'mores!! YUMM

EL said...

Not sure if I want the Honey Graham or Spooky S'Mores...

Jane Beall said...

I just became a follower/subscriber! YAY

blueskyworld said...

this is awesome! thanks!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and was interested because I happened to try my first zbar today (blueberry) and loved it! I think honey graham sounds great. I'm going to become a follower..
-Amelia

mgaltier said...

I have to go with the spooky smores.

5 Star Foodie said...

We've had the chocolate brownie z-bars! My daughter and I both loved them!

Allie said...

Yum! Anything chocolate is good for me. Already a follower, and I'll link to the post from FKWLF.

GiGi said...

Ooh, I would love to try the chocolate brownie- that sounds yummy! I linked you on my blog, added you to my blogroll and I am now a follower! Can't wait to read more about your blog! :-)

GiGi said...

oops, I forgot to leave my link, it is showing under GiGi, my old blog, but my new blog to find me at is: http://melindasfabulouslife.
blogspot.com and my email is melindapollard@gmail.com

cdziuba said...

I would have to say the Chocolate Chip appeals to me the most.

cdziuba said...

Follower Entry # 1

kaykay said...

i'd like to try the chocolate brownie!

cdziuba said...

Follower Entry #2

Tammi said...

I've never been able to find the spooky s'mores.

Rajee said...

Love them but never tried

Katie said...

I LOVE all things by Clif Bar, especially Z-bars. They are so tasty & versatile. The Chocolate Brownie & Chocolate Chip flavors are my favorite.

Also, I posted about this giveaway on my blog here: http://thesummertreecafe.blogspot.com/2009/04/overload.html.

Juls said...

I would love for my kids to get to try these... I'm sure they would flip for the chocolate chip bar...so def. count me in! We've never tried these...

Juls said...

I'm a follower!

Sara said...

It's probably too late, but I would love to try that chocolate brownie bar!! I've never tried these, but I love Clif bars so I need to get my hands on one!

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