Usually I reserve protein bars for refueling after a hard workout or run, but I always keep one in my purse for emergency hunger attacks. Sunday I took Hannah and her friend to see The Avengers, good movie, but a little too long (2 hours 22 minutes to be exact). We all know that typical movie theater fare is unhealthy, expensive and probably not gluten-free. Since I usually smuggle in snacks in my bottom-less purse, I try to make them a little healthier. This particular time we went just around noon, so I brought The Gluten Free Bar as my snack of choice.
There are three varieties of The Gluten Free Bar:
Cranberry toasted almond – California grown almonds, dried cranberries, organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, dates, organic agave nectar, rice protein, soy protein, whole golden flax seeds, pure vanilla extract, pure almond extract, sea salt.
Peanut butter – organic dry roasted peanuts, organic brown rice syrup, rice protein, dates, organic agave nectar, soy protein, organic brown rice, whole flax seeds, vanilla, sea salt.
Peanut butter chocolate – organic dry roasted peanuts, organic brown rice syrup, rice protein, dates, organic agave nectar, soy protein, semi-sweet chocolate chips, organic brown rice, whole flax seeds, vanilla, sea salt.
Can you figure out which one was my favorite? While they were all good, my heart belongs to the peanut butter chocolate bar. That is the one that I took with me to the movies and while it is no Reese’s Cup, it tastes a lot like it and is much better for me! Each bar has between 11 – 13 grams of protein, 235-240 calories and 9.5 – 10 grams of fat. This bar kept me full for a few hours until I was able to get home and eat a real lunch, and much longer than a candy bar or jelly beans would have kept me full.
The best thing about these bars is no artificial sweeteners are added; My stomach has not been tolerating any type of artificial sweeteners lately, from xylitol to stevia to sucralose. These bars do have added organic brown rice syrup and organic agave nectar, both of which are low-glycemic ingredients. For more information or questions about ingredients, make sure to visit the FAQ page. I do want to share what I found on the gluten-free status, though:
How do you ensure that GFB’s are gluten-free?
GFB’s are made of only gluten-free ingredients and are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility; no gluten containing ingredients are allowed on-site.
The Gluten Free Bar is now a proud sponsor of golfer, Christian Blanchet, who is gluten intolerant. If you haven’t tried The Gluten Free Bar yet, you can order a sample pack for only $8.00. They will include a coupon for $5.00 off of a future order. The bars can be purchased online or in stores across the US. I found them recently at our Meijer grocery store. They retail for $2.30/bar when you purchase per box (of 12) online. Order 2 boxes and your shipping is free.
Have you tried any of The Gluten Free Bars yet? What did you think?
***These bars were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.
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