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A day at the beach with CLIF Kid Zbar Filled

Posted on: by Kate


It is hard to believe that Summer 2017 is coming to an end.  We are working hard at squeezing in as many memories as we can before it is back to the daily grind.  We have been taking lots of day trips that are as fun as they are educational. With three kids in tow, we always need healthy but fun snacks. Most parents know that an outing can be made or broken by the snacks that you pack. This past week we took a trip to a beach in Carlsbad California.  We wanted to splash in the waves and explore tide pools till the sun went down.  For this trip we brought along CLIF Kid Zbar Filled bars in every flavor to keep us fueled all day long!

beach snacks

When we take a trip to the beach we want to stay as long as possible.  We want to explore, play, and relax all day.  We try to find a spot early in the morning and park it there until sunset. There isn’t anything quite as rejuvenating as a beach day.  Wind in our hair, sand in our toes, and buckets of salt water for mediocre sandcastles.  Not only is it relaxing, we can spend hours exploring the rocks and wildlife in tide pools.

sandcastles in carlsbad california

The only thing that can make a trip to the beach a little bit of a pain is trying to figure out how to feed everyone.  Bringing our own food is a must. We do our best to pack foods that are easy to eat with salt watery and sandy hands.  It is also important that the foods we pack are nutritious and have some protein.  I don’t know about your family, but we get grumpy if our blood sugar gets low or if we don’t get enough protein in our bellies.

zbar filled organic gmo free

Protein bars have been an obvious choice for beach bags for years now.  CLIF Kid bars have been a favorite in our house for a long time.  We were really excited to see a new type of CLIF bar hit the shelves just in time for our last trip to the beach.  For this trip we brought along three different flavors of Zbar Filled bars by CLIF Kid.  They are the first and only organic, soft-baked snack bar that is filled inside with almond or peanut butter.  Our kids have always loved CLIF Kid products, but they were over the moon about this new addition.  They love the taste and I am happy about how nutritious they are, so everybody wins!

zbar filled organic bars

Zbar Filled bars are made up of lots of good stuff!  Oats and almond or peanut butter are some of the main ingredients.  They are certified USDA organic and non-GMO.  They are also free of artificial colors and contain no high fructose corn syrup.  It tastes almost like a candy bar, but it is packed with great ingredients so we will be packing them on just about every beach trip from now on!

clif bars chocolate peanut butter

Because our bellies were full and our attitudes were in check, we had such a magical day. It was super fun to be able to get out and play together as a family.

zbar flavor choices

The big kids were going so crazy on their boogie boards that one of them even snapped – whoops!  They all built sandcastles for hours.  And towards the end of the day as the tide went out we were able to check out some amazing tide pool residents!

carlsbad boogie boards

We feel so blessed to live so close to the ocean.  It is so fun to just pack up a lunch box full of wholesome treats (like CLIF Kids Zbar Filled!) and pretend we are on vacation for a bit in our own backyard!

tide pools

I will never tire of seeing my kids take interest in the Earth…..


And I can’t mention our trip to the tide pools without pointing out a new friend we made. It was hard to convince our littlest that Mr. Crabby was quite happy in the tide pools and that we could not adopt him.  She really wanted him to live with us.  I told her we could take a picture to remember our new friend forever, but that his family probably wanted him to stay in the ocean. She reluctantly agreed.

carlsbad wildlife

Thank you again to CLIF for fueling our fun day!

new clif bars


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 30 Responses
  1. Tara Pittman says:

    I wish I lived closer to a beach. I so love playing at the beach.

  2. Ryan says:

    I’ve never heard of this brand, but these look great. It gets hard coming up with new and healthy snack ideas. Love the crab pic!

  3. I am all about my kids getting outside to play. The new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled sound super tasty!

  4. Cassie says:

    These bars certainly look kid approved!!! Love a good day at the beach!

  5. Tiffany says:

    I love CLIF bars and I admit to eating a kid one by accident (I think I was so #hangry I didn’t read the label) and they ARE delicious – haha!

  6. Claire says:

    Beach is the must go place during Summer. I saw these bars before but never tried. Looks healthy!

  7. Claudia Krusch says:

    We are planning a trip to the beach this weekend. I will have to pick up some CLIF Kid Zbar Filled bars. They will be a great snack for school as well.

  8. liz Cleland says:

    We LOVE taking these with us on trips. Recently went camping and had these bar in our carry on. My son loves the Oatmeal bar!

  9. Melanie says:

    I have vivid memories of sandy sandwiches during all of my beach trips as a kid. Stocking up with CLIF bars would be a much easier way to fill up and fuel the fun!

  10. Yep – protein bars always make it into our beach bags, too. We like the cliff builder bars. I love that these are organic.

  11. Jelli says:

    My family is packing up today for a beach trip this weekend. While I don’t have protein bars on hand (though they sound perfect!) I’ve been busy making muesli, hard cooked eggs, homemade bread, and packing plenty of food. You’re right, beach days need lots of fueling. Looks like your clan had a blast!

  12. AngelA says:

    Dude! We love the clif kids zbars too! They are so good…and truly make my life easier!

  13. cheryl says:

    I love Cliff bars but have never tried Zbars. I will have to try these with my son.

  14. I love bringing snacks when going family outing. Protein bars are the best to boost up energy. It looks like your kids are having lots of fun.

  15. melissa says:

    This brand has so many yummy things for the whole family. I know my daughter would enjoy trying these and bringing them to school with her as a nice snack in between classes. I have not yet picked these up yet but we really enjoy their other products so this is a must try! Thanks for sharing and beautiful photos by the way, they are so perfect, I wish you could follow my family around and take some shots for us.

  16. Sounds like a great snack to take along. Protein bars are excellent especially when your kids are at the beach

  17. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    When we go for treks or road trips we always pack something light that wll give instant energy. These include dry fruits and energy bars and chocolates. The Kids Zbar seems to be an ideal energy source for kids when out in the great outdoors and after some hectic activity. The fact that the bars are organic is a great plus.

  18. Hali says:

    Love Clif bars, great healthy snack for kids for sure!

  19. Karlyn Cruz says:

    Protein bars are tricky for me. Sometimes you like them and sometimes you don’t. The fact that kids could like them is a good sign.

    Your kids are adorable and I hope they had a good time with Mr. Crabby 🙂

  20. I’ve never heard of this snack. They sound great. Will have to try them.

  21. Ali Rost says:

    We’ve loved Clif Bars at our house for years. They’re delicious, infinitely portable, and there’s a flavor for everyone. I always buy a sampler pack so we can be surprised when we reach in to grab one. ps: your day at the beach looks like it was so much fun! Good for you guys. xx

  22. I am going to have to see if I can find these bars. I have had the Clif bars before and I really love them. They are definitely very tasty and help with energy boosts. And having these kinds of bars for kids would be very cool. I will have to see what my daughter think.

  23. Roch says:

    It’s nice that you’re eating non-GMO and organic bars. I also love that it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. We’ve come to appreciate and only take food that’s all-natural to sustain a healthy diet and lifestyle. We sell Clif bars in our local stores.

  24. Echo says:

    These look like a great snack! I am always looking for healthier and better snack options. I will keep these in mind!

  25. Jennifer L says:

    Oh I’ve heard of these before. My friends who are parents love bringing these for their kids on beach outings and road trips.

  26. Lisa Favre says:

    I keep on forgetting that there are Clif bars for kids! I love Clif bars for myself so this is something I’d give to my little ones. Your beach trip looked like so much fun!

  27. I love the beach in the summer! We just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast (where it’s not so great to swim in the water, but otherwise…great!) My daughter LOVES the chocolate mint Clif bars, but we’ll have to check these filled ones out.

  28. Dandi D says:

    These look really yummy and I bet my children would enjoy them!

  29. Janet W. says:

    These look like a delicious snack that my grandsons would enjoy! They would love the chocolate and peanut butter variety!

  30. Laurajj says:

    Oh those look so good. I have never tried them for our family. I think our little one would really enjoy them!

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