We’re all familiar with Clif Bars, but did you know that Clif has a new “Athlete Series” of products including the Organic Energy Food line?
I was curious to see if having something that seems more substantial than a gel during a workout would have any impact on performance, so I agreed to give them a try as a CRO of RunEatTweetAZ.
I received 2 samples of each flavor. Right now there are 4 flavors, 2 sweet and 2 savory:
They are all around 100 calories. Very, very simple all-natural ingredient list. Pretty much what’s in name of the product are the only ingredients.
I was skeptical of the Banana Beet Ginger. I’ve had energy drinks with beet, and found that flavor to be completely overpowering. I was pleasantly surprised that the banana took on the predominant flavor, the beet was more in the background, and the ginger provided this mild spiciness. I tried it at the end of a run
Next I tried Banana Mango Coconut. This was heaven. I took it in the middle of a 4 mile run when it was 85-90 degrees outside. It seriously tasted so good and there was even the texture from the coconut. Immediately my wheels were turning on how this would be an amazing smoothie. I did not notice any extra energy after consuming this, but boy was it good! It had 240 mg of potassium, which is another great thing for running out in the heat.
Later that same day, I made a smoothie with banana beet ginger, almond milk, vanilla protein powder a banana and ice. Delicious. The vanilla mellowed everything out but that gorgeous beet color remained. Really refreshing.
I was also quite curious about the savory flavors. I tried the Pizza Margherita flavor and honestly can say I would not buy that flavor. It seems dense and just not something I’d want during a run.
I do plan on picking up more of the sweet ones. Really good for some variety, and all-natural ingredients you can feel good about.
Want to score some for yourself? Head on over to RunEatTweetAZ facebook page for a Clif Energy Food giveaway!
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Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!