I’ve been searching for a high-protein bar for my oldest son that he can eat daily. He has one of those metabolisms that seem to be in constant overdrive, and he has trouble gaining weight.

I decided that we should add some extra calories to his diet every day, and the easiest way to do that would be to find a high-protein bar that he likes. We’ve tried several different bars from various organic and natural food companies, and he usually has trouble eating more than half a bar. He likes the taste at first, but it becomes a bit much for him after a while.

I’ve finally found one that he likes and doesn’t have trouble finishing: Clif Mojo. Mojo bars are a combination of sweet and salty ingredients and come in six different flavor combinations. It's trail mix in a handy bar.

My son’s favorite is the Peanut Butter Pretzel bar. I really like the Mixed Nuts flavor (it reminds me a bit of the Planters Peanut Bars I liked as a kid, but less sweet). Here’s the list of ingredients from the Peanut Butter Pretzel bar from Clif’s website.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Peanuts, Soy Rice Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels (Enriched Wheat Flour [Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Peanut Butter, Salt, Baking Soda), Peanut Butter Chips (Dried Cane Syrup, Palm Kernel Oil, Peanut Flour, Soy Lecithin), Organic Pretzels (Organic Wheat Flour, Salt, Organic Canola Oil, Organic Malt), Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Oat Syrup Solids, Vegetable Glycerin, Peanut Flour, Organic Sunflower Oil, Roasted Peanut Extract, Sea Salt, Organic Gum Arabic, Natural Vitamin E (antioxidant).
While it’s always best to make food for my family from scratch, I'm comfortable with these ingredients in a packaged food.

These are also great bars for me to give my younger son as a snack right before sports practice. The protein (8 or 9 grams in each bar) will give him energy that won’t have him crashing an hour after he eats it.

One thing to watch out for in these bars is the fat content. Since they are full of ingredients like nuts, peanut butter and chocolate chunks, they range between nine and 12 grams of fat per bar, but they are low in saturated fats and contain no trans-fats. For my son who needs to gain weight, the fat content is not a problem. For me, these would need to be a once-in-a-while snack, maybe something to take for munching on a long car ride.

Have you tried the Mojo bars?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Clif Mojo bars pass the kid and mom test
These high-protein, 70 percent organic bars offer great nutrition and an energy boost for kids — but watch the fat content.