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How Paleo is Clif Organic Z Bars?

Answered on December 13, 2013
Created December 08, 2013 at 4:29 PM

So, I've recently started being paleo and still am adjusting. I'm a college student so breakfast is really hard for me. I wake up, eat a Clif Organic Z Bar and run to class... Here are the ingredients

Organic Oat Blend (Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Oat Fiber), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Fig Paste, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Maple Syrup, Organic Soy Butter (Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soybean Oil, Salt), Organic Chocolate (Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Milled Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Sea Salt.

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on December 13, 2013
at 07:15 AM

Not very ..... besides, how paleo is any 'nutrition bar' ?

I'm thinking you'd get better macros from a slice of buttered bread.... low gluten preferably. But seriously, based on my looking at Clif bar info.. their macros are not very paleo.

Low fat, high carb, high sugar middling protein. :(

If you;re in a hurry, a couple hard boiled eggs and some coffee.

If you insist on a 'food bar' I recommend PowerCrunch bars,

high fat, low carb , decent protein

but they're not paleo & they're not health just (imo) the best of the bad and better than a bowl of cereal.

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on December 08, 2013
at 06:14 PM

Clif bars are not ideal, as my tail-eating friend above pointed out. Have you looked into larabars? The original larabars are paleo (in as much as any prepackaged food is -- I'm fine with them, personally, but I know people who aren't).

Another option is to order paleokits or similar from Steve's Paleo. There are other companies out there, but that's the one I know off the top of my head. You can mock up your own by buying raw nuts, compliant beef jerky (ie, jerky with no added sugar or msg), and picking up some dried (unsweetened) fruit. Mix in a big bag and store; in the mornings grab a couple of handfuls on your way out the door.

I don't know if you have organic or health food markets near your university, but if you do I highly recommend you track them down. I didn't go to UVA, but I spent some time in Charlottesville recently and fell in love with Rebecca's Natural Foods on barracks row. You can get locally sourced eggs, local bacon, local fruit & veggies, paleo kits, some complaint freezer items (ie, paleo bread), every kind of nut butter known to man, local kombucha, etc. It's awesome. When I was there, I lived out of a hotel while attending a course at the JAG school, and I made bacon in my room's microwave and eggs & kale on the stove in the floor's kitchen. If you have a dorm kitchen, you can do that. (Some dorms are more austere than others, so that might not be an option for you).

EDIT TO SAY: Since you're a college student, I'd imagine that money is probably an issue. I think making your own paleo trail mix (with stuff you can order off Amazon) would probably be most cost-effective. Larabars can get pricy, as can organic produce. If it fits into your budget, go hog wild. If not, pick your priorities and go from there. Good luck!

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on December 08, 2013
at 04:58 PM

Sugar; antinutrients; o6, and probably rancid, seed oils; improperly prepared grains; unfermented soy.

Also "natural flavors" is usually an industry code word for MSG.

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