Clif Kid Zbars appeal to adults as well as kids. The seven flavors are made with whole oats and have 12 kid-specific vitamins and minerals added in amounts that are safe for youngsters. They have 20 to 26 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber in each bar, but only 2 to 3 grams of protein. They're low in sugars, though, so experts say they should not cause a sugar high followed by a slump. With most of their calories from carbs, they can be eaten shortly before a workout or walk. Essentially, Zbars are a pint-size version of the highly rated Clif Bars (*Est. $1.25).
We found the best expert reviews of the Clif Kid Zbar at About.com and in Redbook magazine. Amazon.com and Outside magazine have user reviews that provide a good first-person viewpoint on how these bars taste and the kind of energy they provide.
Wendy Bumgardner, About.com's walking guide, offers brief reviews of her picks for the top 10 energy bars. Clif Kid Zbars are her first choice. She writes that they're the "perfect size" for her, "quite tasty with a non-crumbly consistency that is still easy to chew on the go." She doesn't rank the 10 bars included here. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Ten Energy Bars, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated Mar. 2, 2009
Redbook magazine's review identifies low-calorie energy bars that "can give you a quick boost of energy during a long walk." Their criteria are that the bar should have only around 100 calories, with no more than 5 grams of total fat and 12 grams of sugar. They name three that not only meet the criteria, but taste good as well, including the Chocolate Brownie Zbar. They describe the Zbar's taste as "mochaccino meets oatmeal cookie, with berry undertones."
Review: The Best Energy Bars, Editors of Redbook magazine
This site offers hands-on reviews of natural, organic and diet foods. This review of the Clif Kid Zbar Chocolate Chip gives it a perfect score of five out of five. The reviewer says her toddler, who's a picky eater, loves the Chocolate Chip Zbar, and that it's the perfect on-the-go food for her.
Review: Clif Kid Organic Chocolate Chip Zbars, "Allison P.", Sept. 25, 2008
Reviewer "Emily W." tried the Blueberry flavor Zbar and loves the taste. She says that Zbars are a good size for her, and gives this flavor a five out of five score. According to her, "Clif Blueberry Zbars may be labeled as a snack for kids, but do not let that little glitch turn you away. These tasty treats are a pretty low-cal way to satisfy your sweet tooth and stay on track."
Review: Clif Kid Blueberry Organic Zbar, "Emily W.", March 30, 2009
5. Outside Magazine
Most of the user reviews here are from Drugstore.com, but they're organized and easy to browse through. Over 40 users give Clif Kid Zbars an average rating of 4.7 out of five. Typical comments from reviewers are "good taste," "nutritional," and "provides a boost."
Review: Clif Bar Kid Zbar Reviews, Contributors to Outside magazine
Consumer reviewers give Clif Kid Zbars an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. Most of the reviews are written by adults who enjoy the bars themselves and point out that they're not just for kids. One user describes them as "very tasty, not too sweet; good texture, not too dry or gritty; small enough that you don't feel overfull."
Review: Clif Kid Zbar Customer Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com