Clif Nectar bars have no more than five 100 percent organic ingredients each, mainly nuts, dates, and fruit. Most ingredients are whole foods, but some of the four flavors contain fruit juice or fruit concentrate. Each bar has 4 grams of protein and 27 to 29 grams of carbohydrates, along with 4 to 7 grams of fiber. The high fiber content means they're filling despite the low calorie count. If you'd prefer a bar with more protein and only a few more calories, the Luna Bar (*Est. $1.20) may be worth a look, although it's not organic or made with whole foods.
We found reviews of the Clif Nectar bar at Health.com, where the taste and nutritional value are considered, and at MightyFoods.com, where "real food" bars are rated on taste alone. Outside magazine gathers reviews from other sites, including Drugstore.com and REI.com, and these reviews are useful for a look at how individuals have used the bars and what they think of them.
Nutrition experts help author Sarah Jio identify the best energy bars in different categories, as well as the one in each category that tastes best. In the category of bars "made from raw, natural ingredients," Clif Nectar bars are the top pick. It's also the best-tasting; according to Jio.
Review: The Best Energy Bar for You, Sarah Jio, Updated Feb. 20, 2009
Rachel Cole of MightyFoods.com, a site for people interested in natural foods, explains that she taste-tested energy bars made with real foods, by which she means "predominantly made with some combination of dried fruit (usually dates) and nuts and without any added sugars or proteins." She tasted 35 bars, and finds eight that are good enough for her to consider buying again. Two are Clif Nectar bars: Lemon Vanilla Cashew and Cinnamon Pecan. The Cinnamon Pecan flavor is no longer available.
Review: Real Food Energy Bar Review, Rachel Cole
3. Outside Magazine
Most reviews here are gathered from other sites, although a few were posted here originally. Many are from Drugstore.com and REI.com. More than 80 users give the bars an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars.
Review: Reviews of Clif Bar Nectar, Contributors to Outside magazine