Happy New Year! It’s the 2nd of January and if you’re like me, you’ve spent the day cleaning up after the holidays. New Years signifies that it’s time to pack away the decorations and finish all the holiday treats; including the Peppermint Stick Clif Bar I bought at REI for $1.45 four weeks ago.
In an earlier life I was an energy bar addict: I lived at the beach, ran a marathon and played beach volleyball. Energy and protein bars are a convenient, nutritious snack for someone always “on the go” and exercising. Clif bars were my usual morning breakfasts and before workout snack. Currently, my beach volleyball days are on hold; while I live in the Northwest, concentrate on raising a family and taking care of a house. Raking leaves and jogging besides my bike riding toddler are my current forms of exercise.
Palate wise, I’m glad those days are behind me. I’d rather sit down to a nice breakfast of yogurt and toast than eat a protein bar for breakfast again. Perhaps those memories kept this bar on the shelf for at least 4 weeks. Protein bars always have a strange doughy and “sandy” texture and sour vitamin taste.
Thankfully,the Peppermint Stick Clif Bar was a pleasant surprise. The peppermint flavor was reminiscent of a York Peppermint Patty sans chocolate and hid most of the vitamin character while balancing nicely with the sweetness of the energy bar. Pleasantly enough, the peppermint flavor was strong enough to cut concerns of “coffee breath”, yet not be medicinal. I’m impressed with the flavor.
Like all Clif bars, the nutritional value of this non-dairy, organic bar is great:
240 calories, 50 cal from fat
20% DV of fiber
18% DV of protein
and packed full of vitamins
On this 2nd day of the New Year, I cleaned up the holiday mess and made a resolution to give protein bars a second chance.