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Monday, June 16, 2014

Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bars: Product Review

Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond

Hello, and happy Monday to you.  Its going to be wet and steamy here this week, the weather I hate the most.  Fab.  Frizzy hair for me.  Luckily, it was just perfect this weekend and we had a great time.  How about you?

So, on to the scheduled programming for the day.

Who doesn't like a bar?

Not a 'pour me a drink' bar, a snack bar, silly!

They usually satisfy your sweet tooth and are portable and non-perishable.  There are literally 100s on the market, and the reality is, most are junk.  Many are filled with sugar, refined grains, weird chemicals, and/or low quality sources of protein.

Recently, we were sent some of Clif's new Mojo Trail Mix Bars to try.  I let Adam be the tester, since he is really the only one in the family that regularly eats trail mix bars of various types.

Here's a little bit about Clif's latest product line:

Mojo bars are:
- Gluten-free
- 70% organic
- A source of fibre

The 40g bars are between 180 and 200 calories each, and have about 4-5g of protein.  They come in 3 varieties:
- Coconut almond peanut
- Dark chocolate almond sea salt
- Dark chocolate cherry almond

Adam tried the one with sea salt first and was not a fan.  He found it way too salty.  The other two, he was quite pleased with.  He said they were very tasty, satisfied his craving for something sweet, and were very filling.  He did, however, wish the bars came in 2 pieces to give him more willpower to not eat them all in one shot.  But even 200 calories isn't horrible for a snack.

Personally, I am not wildly impressed with them from a nutrition stand-point. Too much added sugar, especially in some of the flavours.  Only 6g in the Coconut Almond Peanut, but 13g in the Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond.  Also, while 200 calories is not unreasonable for a snack, these bars are only 40g.  Adam did say they were filling, so I think it depends what kind of appetite you have and how many calories you need.  They are sweetened with organic cane sugar which is not a great sweetener to use.  It matters little that its organic, it still is processed by your body the same way regular sugar is processed.  Better choices are stevia, xylitol, erythritol or even coconut sugar.

So these win from a taste perspective and might be better than your standard, grocery-store fruit/nut granola bar, but there are definitely better snack choices out there.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a complimentary selection of Mojo bars, but all opinions on this blog are my own (or those of my family).

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