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Clif Builder Bar is THE ANSWER to those with peanut allergies!,
This review is from: Clif Bar Builder's Bar, Chocolate, 2.4-Ounce Bars, Pack of 12 (Health and Beauty)I'm 26m, 6' 185 and growing. Work out regularly, mostly weights and basketball. I'm allergic to peanuts, which makes most protein bars off-limits for me. This is the only bar I've found where the non-peanut flavors don't contain trace amounts of peanuts to set off my allergies. Incredible, if for only that reason. But there's more.
20g of protein. Wow. This can be a meal replacement if you're on the road or it can be the mid-morning, early-evening or even late-night snack, especially if you're trying to build lean muscle and shooting for 1.5 or more grams of protein per pound of body weight. It's an easy 20.
The carbs are real, as another review says. It's clean energy, to be effective either before or after a workout. I prefer to take in liquid protein after a workout, the body absorbs it faster, but in a pinch this would be a great choice. Beyond that it's a little crispy and a little chewy, there's a physical satisfaction from eating it that makes the experience complete. But, as another review said, this isn't intended to be a diet bar, it is for men & women who work hard and use lots of energy throughout the day, hence the name "Builders Bar." I guess if you ate half of one instead of a meal, it might work that way.
Finally the taste is outstanding, when stacked against other bars (although I haven't tried many, due to peanut allergies). If you close your eyes and pretend, it really could be a dessert. I stick to the cookies & cream or chocolate. Chocolate is yummy dunked in hot coffee mid-morning.
I buy a box every two weeks and keep stocked at home, work and oftentimes one in the car just in case I get hungry. Another review said the outside chocolate got crumbly, this is true, if it gets hot and melted. When the things solidify they crumble. Doesn't change the taste but it's messy. Keep them cool and you're in good shape. I've even tried putting them in the freezer prior to eating, not bad but no significant difference.
Thank you Clif!
I wish the three people who marked my review as not helpful had left a comment as to why it wasn't helpful or what it was missing.
I removed the word "savior" as to not offend those protein bar seeking friends of our's who are easily offended by word choice.
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2012 9:36:04 AM PST
I venture a guess that people who marked your review unhelpful were reacting to your label of Clif Bars as "The Savior".
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 10:45:13 PM PST
B. Smawley says:
I've also read that trolls wander in here when they get tired of the tweaking with comment/news boards and start marking reviews as unhelpful; the equivalent (I supposed anyway) of rolling trees with toilet paper before the days of computers. It is frustrating though (it has happened to all of us) especially since your review was helpful and well written. And it could have been the Savior comment since people are so sensitive these days even though we all should have understood that it was the lack of peanuts in the bars that you were referring to! IMHO it is unreligious to be touchy on behalf of others. We have to answer for ourselves--eventually. I'm trying these bars and will post once I have. Again, great review.
Posted on Mar 13, 2013 11:06:59 PM PDT
E. Manns says:
I joined a gym about 2 months ago, and I'm trying to "do it right." I'm almost always hungry now, I got a tub of Protein Shake powder to help build muscles and slake my hunger so I don't end up eating at work (Wendy's, which might not be terrible if I picked the right things and mostly ate at home). I'm not sure which of those two things (or work stress) cause it, but I've been... having problems from the other end of the digestive system. I haven't noticed specific problems before with fast food or soy products, but... yeah, it's not fun, and I have to worry about getting dehydrated. Plus, I would mostly rate the shake's taste as "weird but acceptable" and always still chunky.
These bars sound like a pretty good option, what is your informal non-dietician view? Or should I just get the regular Clif bars? (Sorry to hear you're allergic to peanuts, I happen to love peanut butter)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2013 10:54:27 AM PDT
Eduardo Nietzsche says:
The regular Clif Bars don't have much protein. If you're looking for a good all around meal replacement bar that does have enough natural protein (and not soy based protein either), I would recommend Bear Valley Pemmican Carob Cocoa ( 12x3.75 Oz) or Bear Valley Pemmican Concentrated Food Bar Fruit N Nut, Fruit N Nut 3.75 oz(case of 12) which will be your best bang for the buck AND should be easy on your stomach since they are 100% organic...and they taste pretty good, too.
As for protein shakes, not all proteins are made equal. A lot of "protein" is cheap crap full of fillers that WILL upset your stomach, give you gas and the runs. This is what I'd recommend: NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate, 100% Pure 5Lb (Packaging May Vary) --- it's unflavored so you can add some powdered Nesquik if you want...Nesquik has real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup so it's not too bad.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2013 6:50:16 PM PDT
E. Manns says:
Thanks for the info, I saved both to my wish list so I would keep them "saved" for purchase. I like the comments describing the NOW protein, but it's unfortunate nobody has reviewed the food bars (despite the description sounding quite tasty).
I have some cocoa powder I really like... The "Giant Sports DELICIOUS PROTEIN" protein/shake mix I got back in my first post is still 1/3 full, lol. However, I do feel that the stress of making ends meet contributed to the runs. Now I got a great job with Apple, and they're even paying for most of my gym membership. I'm not in as much of a rush anymore, so I don't really need "meal replacement" bars usually and I'm not continually hungry, but it's great to have an energy pick-me-up around 11am if my lunch-break is later in the afternoon.
Thanks again for the info, the benefits seem very clear and appealing from the way you described them :)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2013 7:12:57 PM PDT
Eduardo Nietzsche says:
You're welcome...good luck!
Posted on Jul 31, 2013 11:03:37 AM PDT
avid mac user says:
If Jesus ate a workout bar, it would be a builder's bar :)
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