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One of my weight loss secrets this week

February 11th, 2011 · 54 Comments · dessert, product reviews, snacks

I have a giant sweet tooth and diet or not, I have to have something chocolaty every day, preferably a baked good. The only problem is that I actually can’t have any in the house because well, I love them too much (I know some of you can relate!).

The other day I found a chocolate brownie zbar all in the way in the back of my desk drawer. I used to love them but then somehow forgot about their existence. Well, it was a bit stale but I still LOVED it! 


So I instantly went on Amazon and purchased an 18 pack. They came to less than 75 cents each and I’ve been eating one every day for dessert for the past week.


These are chewy, chocolaty (love the chocolate chips – my favorite!), a really good size and only 3 Points Plus. That’s an amazing bargain! They don’t taste exactly like their indulgent counterparts, but they really satisfied my sweet tooth and I truly believe had a lot to do with me being able to stick to my points plus allowance this week (of course having Adam’s support and plenty of exercise helped too)!! [Btw, I lost 2lbs. Wheeeeeee Smile ]


Have you ever tried these? Are there any other commercially available products that you love and think would fit my (sweet tooth’s) bill?

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54 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    I love the chocolate chip Z-bars! I have to be careful because they are almost too good, though:-) Last night I had a sugar free pudding mixed with a tablespoon of naturally more for 4 points and it was amazing… next time I’ll add sliced banana!

    • #2 - Elina

      For me, it’s the perfect balance of being very delicious but not SO addictive that I can’t control myself around them (I admit – sometimes I want a second one but I’ve had no problems so far with convincing myself that I don’t need it).

  • #3 - KellyB

    Congrats on the weight loss. Great work. I like that you’re now putting the PP values you stuff.

    I know you must read a ton of blogs, but have you ever read B*tch Cakes, its a really great and motivating WW blog. She has totally transformed herself in the past 4 years.

    • #4 - Elina

      Ooh, can’t wait to check it out. I think one of my friends follows her. Thanks for the link! :)
      Also, glad you like the notes on points. If I calculate it, I’m happy to share! 😀

  • #5 - Kelly

    I love Z bars and all of the Clif bars for that matter. I also really like Odwalla, Luna, and Larabars, but they’re a little more calorie dense.

  • #6 - Jenna

    Z-bars are great! You get a lot of bang for your calorie buck. I forgot about them, thanks for the reminder and keep up the great work!

  • #7 - Lauren

    Check out the caramel Oikos – they are definitely dessert-worthy! The chocolate is okay… but I think a better chocolate fix would be a small handful of semi-sweet (or, even better, grain-sweetened) chocolate chips stirred into the caramel yogurt.

    • #8 - Elina

      I actually have the chocolate kind in my fridge. I like them a lot but nothing beats a baked good!

  • #9 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    In general, all those bars (Clif, Larabar, Luna, etc) are good at taming my sweet tooth. I find the best thing for me is hard candies (Sees makes chocolate lollies)… it tires my mouth and satisfies my sweet cravings for a while. I’m sure this Z-bar is better nutritionally, though.

  • #11 - eliza

    uggh Elina, I just ate 4 mini hershey kisses plus a big hot chocolate! Hate days like this…

    • #12 - Elina

      It’s OKAY! First of all, this is not much “damage” at all. Not trying to undermine how you feel, but instead I’ll like to make you realize that there is really nothing to freak out over. Put it in perspective – you just satisfied your sweet tooth with a few chocolates – now you can move on to other things (I know sometimes my sweet tooth won’t let me do work until I eat something!!). Take a deep breath. You gave your body what it wanted. All good :)

  • #13 - eliza

    and I meant mini reeses cups!

  • #14 - Hope

    Congrats on the two pounds!

    I keep a box of luna minis in the office. I eat one if I need something quick and easy to satisfy me. And they’re less than a hundred calories!

    • #15 - Elina

      I need to try these! Do they taste like something “real” or like a nutrition bar? Does that even make sense, lol?

      • #16 - Hope

        Makes sense to me. You’re asking if they taste like cardboard. :p

        They’re somewhere between real and nutrition bar. They’re low-glycemic, so they tend to leave me feeling pretty full.

  • #18 - Lindsey @Textbooks and Cookbooks

    I’ve never tried those bars, but now I will! A “healthy” chocolate fix for me is sometimes a chocolate flavored luna or larabar. Luna bars just came out with a luna protein bar which is really good! I’ve tried the chocolate peanut butter :) I will say that chocolate bars with the added protein taste more artificial, so they may not give you the true chocolate flavor you want!

    • #19 - Elina

      I agree about the artificial taste of the protein powders but sometimes it’s still satisfying enough. I’ll give the pb kind a try :)

  • #20 - Katie D.

    Congrats on the weight loss, Elina! I’ve never tried the ClifZ bars, but just ordered some from Amazon. A quick tip – if you order them through the “Subscribe and Save” option, you get free shipping and 15% off with no obligation. That brought them down to $0.63 each! Quite a bargain. I can’t wait to try them and see if my kids like them as a substitute for their typical granola bars.

    • #21 - Elina

      Ooh, good tip. Thanks! :) [And hope you like them… although I don’t know why you wouldn’t 😉 ]

  • #22 - cara

    I haven’t tried those, thanks for the rec! And congrats on your loss!

  • #24 - Fallon

    Those are actually quite delicious and have good chocolate flavor! I should pick some up for when my chocolate craving occurs. I must eat something chocolate daily as well. 😉

  • #25 - J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    I love Zbars! They’re actually the only Clif bars I eat anymore because they don’t contain soy protein isolate.

  • #26 - Melissa @ TryingToHeal

    oh i’ve totally tried those and used them for the exact same reason! i recently went vegan and didn’t know if they were, but discovered they are! so exciting!

  • #27 - Tracy

    I have such a sweet tooth! Ijust bought a package of the Weight Watchers chocolate candies — dark chocolate with a mint filling. I saw that each candy was one point and was excited … until I realized it was NOT the points plus value! Now one is 2 points plus but 2 are 3 … 3 are 5. They were VERY good but they may be TOO good.

    I also love the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches with the mint filling — 4 points plus, but they are big so you feel like you’ve had a lot.

    • #28 - Elina

      Hehe, I know what you mean about some things being too good. What’s the point of buying something smaller if you won’t be able to stop at just 1 or 2, right? :)

  • #30 - MelissaNibbles

    I’ve tried these but didn’t like them. I love Balance Bar Caramel Nut Blast. Tastes like Snickers!

  • #32 - kitchenbelle

    I think you would LOVE chocolate Vita Tops! They are great straight from the freezer or toasted!

  • #35 - Nicci (NiftyEats)

    I like the sound of chocolate and 3 Points Plus. I’ve been drinking Organic Chocolate Soy milk to curb my sweet tooth at night. I think it’s time for a grocer trip to find these!

  • #36 - D

    I second what someone else said about mini luna bars! Or, mini clif bars or lara bars.

    Also, I’ve yet to make these (going to get the ingredients tomorrow!) but on the Dr Oz show he was making these 100calorie black bean brownies. I’m sure they don’t taste like amazing, fudgy brownies, but I’ve heard they’re really good!

    • #37 - Elina

      The black bean brownies I made from the Now Eat This! cookbook were 3 points each (with using real sugar!) and I really liked them… although it definitely took a lot of will power to stop at just 1!

  • #38 - Jess

    great solution! i keep bars in my office too so i avoid the vending machine, cvs, bakeries, i.e., basically everything that is tempting.
    glad it’s working out for you.

    • #39 - Elina

      Oh yeah, I have a whole drawer full of stuff – for all sorts of moods :)

      • #40 - Jess

        i had a whole slew of brand new bars i bought over the weekend and still met the cupcake truck about an hour ago for a chocolate cupcake. it was delicious and worth every calorie. tomorrow is another day!

  • #42 - Lee

    I like vitatops. And also, I found a new flavor of Luna bar called Chocolate Chunk that’s really good.

  • #43 - Shannon

    i prefer the z-bars to luna mini’s, but i also love chocolate vita-tops!

  • #44 - Kerstin

    Congrats on the 2 pounds – yay!!! You’re doing awesome! I’ll have to try these – I’m pretty bad about having something sweet every day after lunch and this would be a better option than cookies!

  • #46 - A Teenage Gourmet

    Z-bars are fantastic! The Honey Graham flavor is probably my favorite, but I enjoy them all . . . My least favorite is the Spooky S’mores. Now that I think about it, I might not recommend that one.

  • #47 - Katie @ The Aspiring RD

    Check out the Kashi TLC Dark Mocha Almond bars – really good!!

  • #51 - Bridget

    So awesome about the weight loss!! I totally agree with the chocolate brownie Z-bars!! That is the only flavor I really love and it totally can take care of a chocolate/baked good craving!! I’ve heard they are also really good if you pop it in the microwave for like 10 seconds :)

    • #52 - Elina

      I’m usually too impatient for that… but I will try it. Sounds promising! 😉

  • #53 - Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect

    Yay for your weight loss! Great job!! I haven’t had Z-Bars in a while. I don’t know what made me stop buying them. I just might have to add it to the grocery list this week.

    I too have a sweet tooth. I found that when I added a little more fat in my diet (I used to be fat phobic. No oil. No peanut butter. GASP!!) the cravings went away a bit. I keep some chocolate vitabrownies in my freezer for nights I need a lil somethin’ somethin’. I also make a chocolate protein “cake” out of my protein powder and top with some peanut or almond butter as the “frosting”. Fat free hot chocolate is another go to for me.

  • #54 - Kate

    I love Zbars! They have a good S’mores version as well, and they taste even better if you put it in the microwave for 15 seconds or so and dunk them in milk:) Congrats on the weight loss!!