Review: NuGo Stronger Protein Bars

I am a big fan of NuGo protein bars, so when I heard they debuted a new bar, I was excited to try it. The new bar, NuGo Stronger, is a higher protein bar with no soy ingredients.


The NuGo Stronger bars come in four different varieties:

More about the bars:

  • Hormone-free whey protein
  • 25-27g of quality protein
  • No soy protein
  • Lower sugar (no maltitol)
  • Non-GMO
  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • High fiber (12g)

Of course I quickly fell in love with these bars.  The Caramel Pretzel is my favorite…the perfect combination of sweet and salty. What a perfect way to refuel after a tough workout!  NuGo Nutrition products can be purchased online or in stores across the US and Canada.  Look for NuGO STRONGER to hit stores in early Spring 2014.   More about NuGo Nutrition:

Our mission at NuGo is pretty simple:

To help people make better snack choices without compromising on flavor. We never use hydrogenated oils or trans fats in our products and, unlike our competitors, we never use waxy vegetable fat compounds in place of real, delicious chocolate. We use only all natural, top quality ingredients like real milk chocolate and antioxidant-rich real dark chocolate to make our bars the best tasting, healthiest options available.

NuGo is an independent food company dedicated to producing the finest, healthiest, most delicious products.  NuGo is the fastest growing Lifestyle Brand in the Natural Foods category.

Today NuGo makes 7 different kinds of bars. We continually respond to our customers’ requests for new and improved nutritional products with exceptional flavor and taste. Healthier choices from the nutrition-conscious folks at NuGo will be at a store near you soon with more products debuting each year.

Our headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA with additional offices in San Francisco and New York.

Have you tried the new NuGo Stronger bars?  What about any of the other NuGo Nutrition bars?

*The products mentioned in this blog post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Ian’s Review & Giveaway

Ian’s Natural Foods is one brand I know that we can count on to bring us quality gluten-free products. Not only do they offer gluten-free products, but those products are also often free of many of the other top allergens. In addition to offering a wide variety of foods in mainstream grocery stores, Ian’s also has a product line that meets all nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program.

We recently had the opportunity to sample some of the newer products in the Ian’s line-up.

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Ian’s Pancrepes are a unique breakfast idea sure to put a smile on your face.  It’s won’t be hard to be a morning person after you try these!  My heart lies with the Blueberry Pancrepes, while Jon prefers the Sausage Pancrepes.  In addition to being gluten-free the Pancrepes are also free of milk/casein, nuts and soy.

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Ian’s Parmesan Garlic Panko Breadcrumbs are free of gluten, eggs and nuts.  They are great for adding a great crunch to chicken fingers without frying, making them a much healthier option!

Ian’s products can be found in grocery stores across the US.

Have you tried these new products from Ian’s?  Do you have a favorite Ian’s product?  Leave a comment below and I’ll pick one lucky reader to receive a free product coupon from Ian’s Natural Foods.  *Comments will be open until 12:01 AM EST on December 17, 2013. 

*The products mentioned in this post and free product were supplied courtesy of Ian’s Natural Foods for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Weekly Menu Plan–December 9, 2013

Welcome to the second week of December! Our weather has been more like January with snow and ice storms.  Kids had their first snow day last Friday and mom got to run on the snowy trail early Saturday with some friends. 

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What a great day for a run!!

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What is that saying?  “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

Weekly Menu:

Monday – Take-out <—-Stellar way to start the week, huh?

Tuesday – Turkey tacos, black beans, corn and salad

Wednesday – Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad and gluten-free garlic bread

Thursday – Pot roast, potatoes, carrots and salad

Friday – Make your own pizza and salad

Saturday – Leftovers or take-out after hockey

Weekly Recap:

Last day to enter the Soy Protein Giveaway

Review: Pretzel Perfection Peppermint Clusters <—Great gift idea!

Gluten-free Chow Mein Noodles

The CeliAction Study – Take Action Against Celiac Disease

Have you finished Christmas shopping?  Not me.  I am a slacker!

Have a great week!


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Soy Protein Review & Giveaway

Since it is December, there is no better time for a giveaway, right?  ‘Tis the season!  Today I am thrilled to share my thoughts about a couple of great soy protein products:

The NoGii Kids bars are great for packing for school snacks or a quick snack before heading to a sports game or practice.


More about the NoGii Kids bars:

“KIDS LOVE THESE BARS! Packed with nutrition and loaded with great taste-NoGii Kids is the ultimate healthy snack for our kids with premium protein, quality carbohydrates, fiber, and Omega 3’s. You can feel certain that this bar is ALL-NATURAL with NO GLUTEN, NO NUTS, and NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. NoGii Kids-The Smart Choice for a Smart Snack.”

INGREDIENTS: Soy Protein Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch), Marshmallow Creme (Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup, Crystalline Fructose, Invert Sugar, Water, Egg Albumen, Agar, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavor), Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Crisps (Organic Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), Rice Syrup Solids, Maize Dextrin (Dietary Fiber), Organic Canola Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Whey Protein Isolate, Organic Palm Oil, Vanilla Yogurt Drizzle (Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk Powder, Cultured Whey, Soy Lecithin [emulsifier], Vanilla), Vegetable Glycerine, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Purified Stevia Extract, Lo Han Extract.

A3 bars also make great snacks and are made with Manuka honey!


More about A3 bars:

When you’re standing on the verge of something spectacular, you need to make sure your body is fueled for success. The last thing you want is to crash or hit the wall, nutritionally speaking. A3 will help you over that wall and get you ready to push it to the edge. When your sport is demanding, you should demand top fuel for your body. A3 Action Snax are formulated to shock the taste buds and give you uncompromised critical nutrition, when you need it and where you need it. Ingredient list.

I really enjoyed both bars and this super-cool insulated cooler I received:

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A little more about soy protein:

· Soy protein is a high‐quality, plant‐based protein derived from soybeans

· Soy protein supports healthy growth and development

· Because of its ability to impact satiety, soy protein can help in managing a healthy weight in children

· Soy protein is a healthy alternative for children with milk, egg or peanut allergies

· Incorporating high-quality proteins, such as soy protein, into children’s diets supports immune health

DuPont Nutrition and Health has graciously offered to provide one lucky reader with a gift pack that includes one A3 Honey Graham S’mores bar, one Nogii Kids Chocolate Chip bar, and one “Soy Satisfying” Lunch Cooler.  There will also be a coupon for a Morningstar Farms product, but they are NOT gluten-free, so feel free to pass along to a friend.  All you have to do to enter to win is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below.  Good luck! Continue reading

Glutino’s New Online Store

If you used to shop at for your Glutino products, they can now be purchased in the Glutino online store. The new store is stocked with your favorite Glutino products.  The products may cost a bit more online than they do in they grocery store, but remember, you are paying for convenience.  Sure I can run down to my local grocery store and probably find what I am looking for, but there are times when they are out of stock or aren’t carrying a product that is newer to the line-up.  We are blessed to have so many gluten-free shopping options in Columbus.  I know that there are many that struggle to find the products they want, so maybe this will help simplify things for those people. 

Some of our favorite gluten-free Glutino products include:

Glutino is offering 10% off your first order through 11:59 PM PT today. Orders over $59.00 will ship free. 

Simply fill your cart with the Glutino snacks, pastas, cereals, baking mixes, and desserts of your choice, and enter the offer code NEWSTORE at checkout to receive your discount.

What is your favorite Glutino product?  Do you shop online for your gluten-free specialty items?

Weekly Menu Plan–December 1, 2013

Welcome to December!  It really seems like we lost a week with Thanksgiving being so late this year, didn’t it?  Christmas is 3 weeks from Wednesday, which means I better get on the ball.  I still have Christmas cards to design, print and mail, not to mention the shopping list I have to complete! 

I did some of that shopping on Black Friday with my mom and Hannah, though I may have purchased more for myself than for Christmas gifts.  We did enjoy our time together which included an early lunch at California Pizza Kitchen and some amazing gluten-free pizza.

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So good! 

Monday – Rotisserie chicken, brown rice fettuccine with Alfredo and salad

Tuesday – Soft turkey tacos, corn and salad

Wednesday – Take-out

Thursday – Burgers, sweet potato fries and salad

Friday –Make your own pizza and salad

Saturday – Breakfast for dinner

Weekly Recap

Red Apple Lipstick News – Mascara is delayed, but new eye liner debuts

Recipe: Toffee Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Review: Glutenfreeda Instant Oatmeal Cups

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint adds more choices to gluten-free menu

Have a great week!


Weekly Menu Plan–Thanksgiving Week 2013

Busy week ahead.  The kids are only in school for two days, snow is on the way and my mom arrives tomorrow!  Getting ready for the holiday isn’t just about cooking and/or baking, it involves cleaning.  The quickest way to plow through chores is to divide and conquer.  I wanted to make it fair, so I used my empty Glutino Instant Baking Mix container to hold folded up slips of paper with different chores written on them.

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It’s the luck of the draw!

Monday – Spaghetti with marinara and salad

Tuesday – Pot roast, potatoes, carrots and salad

Wednesday – Leftovers or take-out

Thursday – Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and carrot cake

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – Turkey pasta Alfredo and salad

Weekly Recap

Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash Pie

Review: Sam Mill’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

New Holiday products from Glutino & Dr. Lucy’s

Have a great week!


Product Review: PR Bars

Refueling on-the-go is a way of life these days.  In a perfect world we would be able prepare a meal to refuel after every hard workout, but we all know the world is far from perfect.  The next best thing is a bar you can eat on-the-go that is packed full of the important nutrients your body needs.  PR Bars are a tasty, easy way to get those nutrients.


More about PR Bars:

•Provide endurance (optimal energy)
•Perfect ratio of protein, carbs and fat
•Stabilizes blood sugars
•Excellent taste
•Eight different flavors
•The official bar of Team USA

PR Bar is the Official Performance Nutrition Bar Licensee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team. PR Bars are an all-natural, gluten-free product formulated to sustain energy. Each bar has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, protein and fat which optimizes performance by controlling blood sugars and using body fat for fuel. Whether you are training for your first Olympic Games or training for your first 5k, let PR Bar help fuel your dreams!

The eight different flavors of PR Bar are:

  • Yogurt Berry
  • Chocolate Peanut
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Iced Brownie
  • Peanut Butter Granola
  • Granola Oatmeal Raisin
  • Apple Pie
  • Double Chocolate

I had the opportunity to taste the Yogurt Berry and Chocolate Peanut PR Bars and really liked them both.  One of the best things about PR Bars is they don’t contain any sugar alcohols!  They taste awesome and have a great texture, too!  The bars do a great job refueling me after my workouts and keeping me full until I can get a full meal. 

PR Bar has generously offered to give Gluten-Free is Life readers a discount on their orders placed on or before November 30, 2013Simply visit the website and enter code: GLUTENFREEISLIFE to receive 15% off of your order. 

*PR Bar provided a free sample of their product for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own.

Review: Bake Me Happy Gluten-Free Bakery

First, welcome to Hump Day and post #1500 on Gluten-Free is Life!  I would never have imagined when I started writing my blog 5 years ago that I would still be writing today.  Thank you for reading daily, weekly or whenever I get around to posting.

When I was growing up I always thought I would move out of Columbus, Ohio and move to someplace more exciting.  I am not sure where I thought that might be, just that I knew that place wouldn’t be Columbus.  Well, here I am twenty-eight years after first moving to Columbus in 1985.  I did move to Dayton with my mom for a few months, but other than that, I’ve been here. You know what?  I can’t think of any other place I would rather be.  Sure I complain about the cold, but I am sure I would complain about something wherever I was.

Columbus, the capital and largest city in Ohio, has a lot to offer:

In addition to all of those great things, Columbus has some pretty fantastic places to shop and eat gluten-free.  Sure, there are the typical chain stores and restaurants, but it is the local shops that really stand out.

One of those places is Bake Me Happy Gluten-Free Bakery.  On top of a super-cute name, the baked goods are first class.


Bake me Happy offers a wide variety of gluten-free baked goods, including some that you may not have had since going gluten-free.

  • Twinkies <—Yes, I said “Twinkies”
  • Slow Burner Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Gigantic Oatmeal Crème Pies
  • Ham, Cheese & Chive Scones
  • Blueberry Goat Cheese Scones
  • Coconut Almond Mini Chocolate Chip Scones
  • Sugar Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Sour Cream Apple Pie
  • Double Crusted Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (Seasonal)

I had the opportunity a few weeks back to meet owner, Wendy Miller Pugh, tour the dedicated gluten-free kitchen and take home some samples.  I am very impressed with the facility and each and every product I tried.

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Sweet & Spicy!

Bake Me Happy products can be found in the following places in Columbus:

They can also be picked up on Thursdays and Fridays at the Bake Me Happy kitchen location at 250 W. Dodridge St., Columbus, Ohio 43202 (and by special appointment).  Please allow 7 days notice for pie ordersEmail Bake Me Happy for more information.

If you live in the Columbus area or happen to be visiting, make sure to add Bake Me Happy to your “must try” list.  Wendy is just as sweet as her baked goods and I think you will quickly fall in love, just as I did.

*The products mentioned in this post were given to me free of charge for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Weekly Menu Plan–November 11, 2013

Before I get started with the menu plan I want to take a moment to thank all who are currently serving and have previously served our country.  I am not only sending thanks to those veterans, but to their families, too. 


Thank you!

Monday – Burgers, baked steak fries and salad

Tuesday – Easy enchilada bake and salad

Wednesday – Take-out

Thursday – Grilled chicken salads

Friday – Make your own pizza and salad

Saturday – Breakfast for dinner or take-out

Weekly Recap

Don’t forget to enter to win a stuffing prize package from Rudi’s Gluten-Free…only 3 more days to enter!

Canyon Bakehouse products now in Target Stores

University of Chicago offering free Celiac Disease screening

NFCA Webinar: Holiday Special: Gluten-Free Baking

Udi’s introduces pumpkin muffins

Have a great week!


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