If you've got the time, healthy homemade snacks are the way to go. That said, families today are busier than ever, and sometimes homemade snacks, even quick ones, are too much to manage. At times like these, you need a grab-and-go snack that's nutritious and so yummy that your kids will actually eat it. Enter CLIF Kids, makers of all sorts of delicious kid-friendly snacks that are healthy and ultra portable, including the new CLIF Kid Organic Zbar Crispy.
New Zbar Crispy
Zbar Crispy is the newest yummy creation from CLIF Kids. Each organic crispy rice snack bar is easy to take on the run or in a packed lunch, plus offers 8 grams of whole grains per bar. CLIF Kid also adds toasted oats to their Crispy bars for texture and, like the original Zbar, Zbar Crispy include a balanced blend of carbohydrates, protein, fiber and healthy fat, all of which helps curb hunger and stabilize energy levels so your child feels full longer. On top of that, each Zbar Crispy is packed with calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, plus has just 110 calories. Zbar Crispy comes in three fun flavors – Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter. We recently tried these at my house, and my son loved them. Keep reading to see what he thought, plus learn more about CLIF Kids’ green company.
Great Tasting Zbar Crispy for Picky Kids
My son is big on veggies and fruit, so I suppose I should count my blessings, but he’s also ultra picky about typical kid-minded food. For instance, this kid of mine won’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or any sandwich), mac n’ cheese or most “kid” slanted sweet treats. He’s extremely hard to pack a lunch for, which I do daily, since his private school doesn’t serve lunch. I make up the sandwich difference with either a homemade muffin or bagel or some sort of granola bar. But, of course he’s darn picky about granola bars too. They can’t be, “Too crunchy, too sweet, too gooey” or, “Filled with icky stuff.” Sigh. We’ve tried most of the organic granola bars out there, and his favorite brand so far has been CLIF Kids original Zbars. When the Zbar Crispy arrived at our house, I wasn’t sure how he’d take them (newness – yikes) but he really liked them. He said these bars were light (I’m guessing due to the rice) and tasted great. He liked all the flavors, but was partial to the chocolate chip. My son also noted that one of the perks of the Zbar Crispy is that the chocolate flavor was, “Less sweet than the original chocolate Zbar.” If you’ve also got a kid who isn’t too keen on sweets, that’s good news. Overall, my son ate every bar I sent to school or gave him for a snack, didn’t complain at all and asked for more!
Kid-friendly CLIF Kid Snacks
CLIF Kid has been at this snack making deal a long time. Their kid snack line now includes Zbars in original and crispy (about ten flavors to choose from) plus six flavors of twisted fruits. All of CLIF Kid snacks are made just for kids’ growing bodies, developing taste buds and active lives. Best of all the entire line is USDA-certified organic and free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup; artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives; and ingredients sourced from GMOs. They even offer fun and healthy Halloween snacks each autumn. If you look at the labels on typical kid snack foods, half the time you can’t even pronounce the ingredients. One of the perks of CLIF Kid snacks is that you can read the labels and see ingredients like organic apple puree, fruit and vegetable coloring, rolled oats, blueberries, flaxseed, cinnamon and so on – all ingredients you actually recognize. If you can’t make homemade, at least it’s wise to choose snacks made with real food, not chemicals and artificial colors.
Eco-perks of Clif Bar & Company
CLIF Kid is part of Clif Bar & Company, and this is a company you can feel good about buying from. They have many eco-friendly practices in place, such as…
- Organic ingredients are used in all products and the company purchases 23 million pounds of organic ingredients a year.
- The company is moving towards a “zero waste” practice and already they actively reduce, recycle and compost.
- Most Clif Bar products are animal-free (vegan).
- The company offsets their CO2 emissions (including historical emissions since the company’s start in 1992). So far, Clif has offset more than 30,000 tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of taking 5100 cars off the road for a year.
- Clif Bar & Company uses 100% post consumer recycled paperboard and packaged caddies are 98% shrink wrap free.
- Clif’s Cool Commute program helps employees buy hybrid or biodiesel cars for a cleaner commute.
- And much more.