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Freedom Foods recently launched new cereal flavors & muesli bars this fall

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Freedom Foods, an Australian company, makes allergen-free cereals and granola bars. Freedom Foods’ core line of breakfast cereals and oat bars are available in a wide range of flavors that offer not only allergen-free safety, but, better nutrition and taste. More importantly, they use clean and recognizable ingredients so you won’t feel guilty eating as you nosh.

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Freedom Foods has been around since 1990 but is relatively new to the United States. They set a high standard for themselves and aim to create delicious food that is free from the “stuff” that your body doesn’t need— gluten, nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, fructose, soy, yeast, GMO’s, and artificial flavors. Yes you read that right; this cereal is truly allergen friendly.

Freedom Foods is launching new cereals this fall including Fruity Rainbow Rocks, All Around gOodness, and All Around gOodness maple flavored, and I had the chance to try all three earlier this month at The Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo

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While I was not a fan of the Fruity Rainbow Rocks (similar to Fruit Pebbles), as they were just way too sweet, I did like both All Around gOodness cereals.

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In addition to the new cereal flavors, the latest from Freedom is their new line of Oat Bars. These chewy oat bars are made with gluten free oats and are a great pocket-sized snack free from gluten, almonds, hazelnuts walnuts, dairy, soy and eggs. The oat bars are available in three varieties:

  • Cranberries & mixed Seeds
  • Apple & Cinnamon and Apricot
  • Coconut and Chia
I love that these bars are low in sugar; just 6 grams per bar, but still have a slightly sweet and chewy texture.

Freedom foods tests every batch of raw ingredients and finished products every single time using some of the latest technologies to ensure their products do not contain Gluten found in Wheat, Rye, Barley & Triticale. They have a dedicated allergen free facility and have been around for 20 years caring for families with food allergies. With Freedom foods you can be confident to know when they say gluten free, they mean it.

You can use Freedom Foods new Facebook store locator to find a retail location nearest you. You can also purchase Freedom Foods cereal on Amazon

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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Skinny Kosher Creations Gluten Free Weight Loss/Energy Bars

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Women, in general, are continually wearing many hats a day. Working, parenting, helping family, being a wife or Girlfriend, planning….They try to do it all. Throughout these busy moments on the go we either grab something easy (often junky) or go to the protein bar isle of the store feeling confident that we are choosing a healthier option. The problem is that many of these bars are either rice crispy bars with some flavoring therefore airy and empty or they are chocolate bars remarketed as a protein bar, loaded with unwanted calories, fat, sugar or carbs. 

Skinny Kosher Creations offers something different; a low calories bar, made with healthy ingredients, and addresses allergies and dietary restrictions. Skinny Kosher Creations is based out of Woodstock, New York. Owner Brenda and her team have over 12 years of senior management experience within the weight loss industry, combined with their entrepreneurial skills, energy and focus, you have an awesome foundation! Striving to become game-changes in the weight loss/energy bars industry, they have not only made the bars Kosher and gluten free, but also peanut free, dairy free, and lactose free, all wrapped in a mere 130 calories!

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The first product they have launched are delicious Energy Bars. The bars are available in three flavors; Choco Chip Coco’Tini, Choco Chip Mint’Tini, and Choco Chip Orange’Tini.  

The bar looks dense and therefore most people, including myself, think it is chocolate. The base of the bars are actually dates, which makes the bars higher in fiber and excellent for digestion.

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I was impressed with the lightness (aka not dense) of the bars and the subtle flavors. I was weary of the orange flavor, because I do not like anything orange-flavored, but to my surprise there was only a faint orange taste, and I really enjoyed the bar. The same can be said with the mint bar, which Jeremy, who hates mint, could actually tolerate the flavor.

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WHY Skinny Kosher Creations BARS?

  • Low Calorie
  • Excellent source of fiber 
  • Good source of protein 
  • Natural & Healthy Ingredients
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Lactose Free
  • GMO Free
  • Vegan
  • Delicious

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SKC bars…

  • Help you meet your energy needs
  • Are portable, convenient and pre-packaged
  • Help keep you out of tempting areas such as vending machines or fast food drive-thrus
  • Help ward off binge eating if you become excessively hungry
  • Have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration

The bars are not meant to be meal replacements however they are meant to help fight hunger and because of the high fiber content and its date paste base, they are very satisfying and an easy “go to”. With a sensible diet and two bars a day, they are a wonderful addition for weight loss or weight maintenance as well.

You can purchase Skinny Kosher Creations Bars online.

They are cooking up many ideas that will bring about many new flavors and shelf stable Mediterranean inspired all natural vegetarian meals with zero chemicals or additives.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 


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Gluten Free non-GMO Vegetarian Energy Bars: Nutraplex® Pineapple coconut & Megaberry Bar Review

Nutraplex® Bars lead the pack in flavor and nutrition profiles. Each bar delivers off-the-charts nutritional values and energy for the long haul. The combination of great taste and good nutrition make this a great, healthy choice.  

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Each bar packs plenty of flavor and is chock-full of nutrients. A balance macronutrient ratio, with omega’3’s protein and fiber are derived from nutrient-rich chia and sunflower seeds, fruits and nuts. Nutraplex bars are a healthy and tasty snack bar that I can take to work, the gym and even on the road when I travel.

Nutraplex® bars are available in 4 flavors:

  • Megaberry
  • Pineapple coconut
  • Pomegranate Cherry
  • Mango Strawberry

Nutraplex® Pros:

  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Kosher
  • A Natural source of Energy
  • No preservatives
  • Loaded with Omega 3’s, antioxidants, and fiber

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Pineapple Coconut Bar

 

I recently had the opportunity to try the Megaberry and Pineapple Coconut, and I give them both a thumbs up. The Pineapple Coconut Bar has a subtle tropical flavor. I can taste a slight sweetness from the pineapple, and the coconut gives it a smooth texture, while the chia gives a little crunch. I was expecting this bar to be much sweeter than it actually is from the dates, pineapple and honey, and I am VERY happy that it is not as sweet as I though. I do not like anything too sweet. Naturally sweetened with honey, this chewy blend of almonds cashews and chia seeds is packed with protein and fiber.

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Pineapple Coconut Nutritional Info

 

The Nutraplex Megaberry Bar has is definitely sweeter and has stronger flavor profile bursting with berry goodness – seeds and all! Tart flavors of acai berries, cranberries and raspberries combined with luscious fresh strawberries and a chewy blend of blueberries make for a delicious combination. I could barely taste the chia seeds like I could in the pineapple coconut bar. I couldn’t eat this for breakfast (too sweet) but it makes for a great afternoon or post-gym snack. 

 

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Megaberry Nutritional Information

The one thing I don’t like about Nutraplex® bars is that the sugar content is way too high. Each bar has 16-21 grams of sugar per serving. Granted there is zero refined sugar, but it is still more than I like to consume in one day. 

You can purchase Nutraplex® bars on their website or on Amazon. It is actually much cheaper to purchase on Amazon and it includes FREE shipping. :) 

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KIND® EXPANDS KIND HEALTHY GRAINS® BARS LINE by adding 5 new flavors

Last month KIND Healthy Snacks announced the expansion of its popular KIND Healthy Grains® Bars line with the addition of two new sub-ranges and a new flavor offering: KIND Healthy Grains Popped bars, KIND Healthy Grains Bars – made with coffee, and KIND Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Berry bars. As with the original five flavors, all have a foundation of super grains that provide a perfectly chewy and crunchy texture.

All KIND Healthy Grains bars are made with the highest quality ingredients, including a foundation of five super grains –gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat –which provide at least 18g of whole grains per bar.

Popped Bars

Adding to the line’s original foundation of five super grains, KIND Healthy Grains Popped bars now include a sixth super grain, sorghum, which is popped to toasty perfection. This new line offers a super grain twist on two popcorn favorites with Popped Salted Caramel and Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt.

KHGBar_Box+Bars_Popped_PortfolioKIND Healthy Grains Popped bars have a very unique taste and texture reminiscent of fresh popcorn, thanks to the addition of popped sorghum. Combined with sweet and salty flavors, this is wholesome snack that you won’t feel guilty about craving. It is low in sodium and contains 19g of whole grains per bar! 

KIND Healthy Grains Popped Salted Caramel bars have a foundation of six super grains, baked with caramel chunks and sea salt to deliver a classic popcorn taste.

KIND Healthy Grains Popped Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bars a whole grain snack, baked with dark chocolate chunks and sea salt to satisfy salty and sweet cravings.

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KIND Healthy Grains Popped bars will roll out in tandem with two other expansions of the KIND Healthy Grains Bars line, including a super grain twist on classic coffeehouse and PB&J flavors. These will join the original five flavors (Dark Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut, Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt and Vanilla Blueberry) on kindsnacks.com beginning May 1, 2015.

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There are two new flavors made with coffee – Caramel Macchiato and Dark Chocolate Mocha. These new flavors combine five super grains with authentically rich coffee, creating an indulgent, perfectly chewy and crunchy snack.

These new flavors are the answer for coffee lovers, offering an indulgent coffee flavors while at the same time offering a wholesome foundation of super grains.

KIND Healthy Grains Caramel Macchiato bars are made with an indulgent blend of rich coffee and sweet caramel chunks for the perfect super grain snack. US_KHGBar-Wrapper_CaramelMacchiato_LargeKIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Mocha bars are made with the perfect combination of indulgent dark chocolate chunks and rich coffee.

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Peanut Butter Berry

Inspired by your childhood PB&J, this blend of peanut butter, raspberries and cranberries, makes for a delectable treat that is a super grain twist on the classic PB&J.

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KIND snacks are made from delicious, wholesome ingredients and are gluten free and non GMO. KIND currently offers six different snack lines including: KIND® Fruit & Nut bars and KIND® PLUS bars, two lines of delicious whole nut & fruit bars; KIND® Nuts & Spices bars, a line of whole nut & spice bars that naturally have only 5g of sugar or less; KIND Healthy Grains® Clusters made from five super grains; KIND Healthy Grains® Bars, a line of crunchy and chewy granola bars; and STRONG & KIND® Bars, a line of savory-flavored bars featuring 10g of protein.

Suggested retail price is $3.99 per box of five bars in single flavors.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

50% off 1st Love With Food Gluten Free Box

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LÄRABAR and Renola Granola // Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, and non-GMO

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LÄRABAR, the Original Fruit & Nut Bar™, is a delicious gluten free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Made from whole food, each indulgent flavor contains no more than nine ingredients – minimally processed, and as close to their natural state as possible.

Everything LÄRABAR makes is gluten free. From the bars to Renola™, LÄRABAR products have no gluten-containing ingredients, and they have manufacturing controls in place to assure there are no cross-contact concerns. They also periodically verify their practices using Gliadin gluten testing. Not only are all LÄRABAR flavors gluten free, they are also dairy free, soy free, vegan (Chocolate Chip varieties are not actually made with dairy or soy, but due to cross contamination they may contain trace amounts of each), and Kosher.

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LÄRABARs are available in 22 flavors:

  • Apple Pie
  • Banana Bread
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Cappuccino
  • Carrot Cake
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Brownie
  • Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Chocolate Coconut Chew
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Gingerbread
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Snickerdoodle

Almost all the bars have 9 or fewer natural ingredients and are free of sulfites, preservatives, fillers, or colorings. Calories range from 190 to 230 and each bar contains 23-32 grams of carbohydrates.

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All the bars were moist and chewy (they break well, leaving no crumbs or mess). The ones with nuts had a very slight crunch. The flavors were anything but subtle. I find the bars to be a little on the sweeter side, and would prefer a little less sugar per bar.

I was also sent Renola Granola, which I had never heard of prior to today. For those of you, who like me, are not familiar with Renola, the name means “Reinventing Granola.”

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Most granola on the market contain oats or other grains, but Renola is a gluten free, grain-free blend of non-GMO nuts, fruits, seeds, and spices. It tastes so good that anyone can enjoy it, but especially appeals to those actively seeking to avoid grains. It’s packed full of nutrition, without any fillers!

Not only is it gluten free but, like LÄRABAR, Renola is also dairy free, soy free, vegan, and Kosher.

Renola is available in 3 flavors:

  • Berry
  • Cinnamon Nut
  • Cocoa Coconut

Renola come in convenient individual sized bags great for when you are on the go.

Renola can be enjoyed a variety of ways: in a bowl with milk, mixed into yogurt, sprinkled on ice cream, shaken on a salad, or by itself. It’s deliciously versatile!

Finding LÄRABAR and Renola is a piece of cake! So many retailers nationwide carry both products, including Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Food Emporium and so many more. Click here for a complete list of retail locations. You can also purchase both products on Amazon.

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Clif Bar offers 26 gluten free options

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Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® Bar energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and snacks for adventure, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet.

While the traditional Clif bars are not gluten free, Clif does offers 26 gluten free options including CLIF® Mojo, CLIF® Kid Zfruit, Kit’s Organic, and Luna Bars.

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CLIF® MOJO combines simple and organic ingredients that are good for both our bodies and the planet. A delicious way to energize your day, CLIF® Mojo is available in 5 flavors:

  • Cranberry Almond
  • Wild Blueberry Almond
  • Coconut Almond Peanut
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond

In April CLIF® Kit’s Organic™ introduced Kit’s Organic™ Fruit + Seed, a nutritious snack bar made with all organic fruit and seeds.

“Kit’s Organic Fruit + Seed joins Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nut™ to round out a portfolio of nutritious and organic snack bars. Full of flavor and texture, CLIF Kit’s Organic bars are perfect accompaniments to meals or convenient snacks.” The entire line is USDA-certified organic, gluten-free, soy free, dairy free and contains 200 calories or less.

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Apricot + Sesame Seed Nutritional Information

As with all bars from the CLIF® Kitchen, Kit’s Organic Fruit + Seed contains zero grams trans fat, and does not contain partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, synthetic preservatives or GMO’s.

The Fruit + Seed bars combines fruits and seeds to create new and exciting flavors such as Apricot + Sesame Seeds, Cherry + Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut + Sesame Seeds, and Lemon Vanilla + Chia Seeds.

The CLIF® Kids ZFRUIT offers a tangy twisted fruit and veggie rope that is perfect for a snack or in the lunchbox. Made with real fruits and vegetables, each rope equals one full serving of fruit.

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Many  CLIF® products are also free of nuts, eggs, soy, and dairy. Click here to view the complete allergen reference table contains the most up-to-date information for all products.

CLIF® products are sold at almost all major grocery stores throughout the country and can be found at sporting good stores, target and dozens of other locations. To find a retail location nearest you click here.

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Celebrating Pamela’s 26 Years in Gluten Free // GIVEAWAY

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This year, Pamela’s is proud to celebrate 26 years in gluten free. With the #1 selling Baking & Pancake Mix and top-selling Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pamela’s products have proven that gluten-free can be delicious. Pamela’s entire line of baking mixes, cookies, fig bars, and snack bars are power-sellers, extending beyond the allergy-free marketplace.

Pamela’s recently sent me their All-Purpose Artisan Flour Blend, which is a gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, nut free, corn free, and soy free flour blend that works as a cup for cup flour replacement in most recipes.

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I also tried the new Figgies & Jammies, which are Pamela’s gluten free, wheat free, and egg free version of traditional fig bar cookies. Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies are the first nationally launched gluten free fig bar cookies on the market! Figgies & Jammies are similar to Fig Newtons and are available in four flavors: Blueberry & Fig, Mission Fig, Raspberry & Fig, and Strawberry & Fig.

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If you liked Fig Newton’s then you MUST try Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies. I think these are even BETTER than the traditional ones. The strawberry flavor was my favorite; even Jeremy enjoyed them so much that I had to hide the rest from him!

One of Pamela’s top sellers are their Whenever Bars, a gluten free, non-dairy snack bar made with gluten free oats, chia seeds, and lightly sweetened with agave and sugar, Whenever Bars offer a healthy, great tasting snack whenever you want one. The only downside is 8-10g of sugar per bar, I try to stick to 6g or less per serving. But, this is much better than most bars out there on the market with 15 grams or more of sugar per serving.

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Whenever bars come in four flavors: Oat Blueberry Lemon, Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut, Oat Cranberry Almond, and Oat Raisin Walnut Spice.

The Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut was delicious and is not overly sweet, so it can be enjoyed in the morning, afternoon, or evening.IMG_9063

Pamela uses only premium ingredients, locally sourced when possible. She personally develops all product recipes and chooses the ingredients carefully, ensuring that her products are free of artificial additives, high fructose corn syrup, and free of hydrogenated oils and trans fats. They have statements from all their suppliers that to the best of their knowledge, their ingredient is free of GMOs, and Pamela’s randomly performs 3rd party testing on products to ensure they are GMO-free. They have also officially joined the Non-GMO Project where several of their products are undergoing the extensive verification process.IMG_9060

Pamela’s Products are sold at Whole Foods and health food stores. To find a retail location nearest you, check out their Store Finder.

The folks over at Pamela’s were kind enough to offer one of my lucky readers a chance to win a tote bag, recipe booklet and Pamela’s products! To enter the giveaway simply click on the rafflecopter below!
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This giveaway ends on September 1, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

 

Allergy Information

  • All of Pamela’s Products are wheat and gluten-free.
  • Cookies and bars are produced on equipment that also makes products containing peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut, eggs, soy and milk.
  • Baking mixes are produced on equipment that also makes products containing tree nuts, soy, eggs, and milk.
  • Biscotti are produced on equipment that also makes products containing peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs and soy.

For complete list of products and allergen information click here.

 

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KIND Healthy Snacks newest Nuts & Spices flavors – Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt

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I eat a lot of KIND bars, especially the ones that are low in sugar. Since I am supposed to stick with foods with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving, KIND is one of the few companies that make healthy bars that meet my needs.
KIND has added two new flavors to their Nut & Spices line: Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond. These seemingly indulgent flavors expand the line to include eight flavors containing only 5g of sugar (or less) – and nothing artificial.

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KIND’s newest flavors are further proof that you can naturally lower the sugar in a snack while still maintaining a sweet and indulgent taste. Each bar is also crafted from whole almonds, which recent studies have shown have life-extending properties, and not peanuts which I do not care for very much.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt is made with a seemingly indulgent blend of savory sea-salt and sweet caramel drizzled over crunchy almonds. This bar is a delightfully low-sugar healthy snack that only tastes like dessert. It is not as sweet as I was expecting, and this pleasantly surprised me. I was expecting the caramel to have a strong flavor, but it was subtle and enjoyable.

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Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond is made with dark roast coffee and whole almonds blended with honey and drizzled in dark chocolate to form a bar that, with just 5g of sugar, only tastes indulgent. It is worth noting that this bar does have coffee, for those of you who can’t have caffeine.

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Both flavors contain 7g fiber, 6g protein, and 5g sugar.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Nutritional Information
Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Nutritional Information

KIND bars are a great way to refuel after a tough workout or long run. I also keep them in my desk drawer and eat them for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up, and I always have one in my purse when I’m on the go.

Like all the other KIND products, the new bars are gluten free, all natural, and non-GMO.

You can find the new KIND bars and other KIND products using the store locator to see the closest location to you. You can also purchase KIND products online through Amazon.

KIND recently came out with two other items— Healthy Clusters and Strong Bars, with 10g of protein, which I am dying to try!

 

 

 

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Product Review: SOYJOY® // Gluten free, all-natural real fruit and whole soy bars

When I first started my gluten free diet in 2009 I was eating SOYJOY® bars all the time. When I traveled to Asia that fall, SOYJOY® bars were my go to snack, and lucky for me they were everywhere in Asia! I haven’t been eating SOYJOY® bars as regularly as I used to but I do still enjoy them so I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to try all 7 flavors—I’d only tried 4 or 5 in the past.

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SOYJOY® bars are naturally gluten free ‘energy’ bars made with all natural REAL ingredients like real fruit and whole soy. Each bar has only 130-140 calories, are low GI, and have 0g trans fat. Additionally SOYJOY® bars are made without artificial colors, flavors, or hydrogenated oils.

Flavors:

  • Dark Chocolate Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Banana
  • Berry
  • Blueberry
  • Mango Coconut
  • Strawberry

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What I like about SOYJOY®:

  • Made with read fruit bursting with flavors— and nutrients.
  • 100% natural, real food ingredients
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Certified gluten free
  • 2-3 grams of fiber and 4-5 grams of protein per bar

What I don’t like about SOYJOY®:

  • 11-12 grams of sugar per bar
  • size (wish it was just a little bit bigger so I could enjoy it longer)

Every SOYJOY® bar is baked with high-quality, non-genetically modified ground (non-GMO) whole soy—retaining all of soy’s naturally-occurring nutrients. SOYJOY® is made from ground whole soybeans to take full advantage of all of the nutritional benefits of whole soybeans. SOYJOY® does NOT contain soy protein concentrates, isolated soy protein, or any other highly processed soy ingredients. Each bar contains 8 grams of whole soy.

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SOYJOY® bars are a nice change of pace from the candy-like or granola-type snack bars that are so prevalent in the snack bar market.  If you are looking for something that is a little different and also a low calorie treat, this is a pretty good option. With 11-12 grams of sugar, more than I am accustomed to in my diet, SOYJOY® bars make a great dessert replacement or afternoon snack.

You can find SOYJOY® bars at retail locations throughout the US including Stop & Shop and Kmart’s in the Boston area. Or you can purchase SOYJOY® bars on Amazon for as little as $0.98 per bar!

 

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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KIND Bars & Granola Gluten Free Review

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Since starting my low sugar diet in January, I had given up KIND bars; the ones I was eating had way too much sugar. It wasn’t until recently that I learned about their Nut & Spice line which offers flavors with 5 grams or less of sugar per bar!

KIND began in 2004 with just 8 varieties and has grown to over 22 bars and 6 healthy grains snackable clusters.IMG_4223

All KIND snacks are made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits, and whole grains. There is no refined sugar or anything artificial in any of their products. KIND believes that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body, and I agree with them 100%.

KIND offers three lines of whole nut and fruit bars—KIND Fruit & Nut, KIND PLUS, and KIND Nuts & Spices.

Although they are a little low in protein, KIND bars are a clean and quick on-the-go choice with healthy fats, fiber, and a low sugar content. Although the amount of sugar in some of the fruit and nut bars is rather high for me – 9 to 16 grams– many of the bars do contain fewer than 6 grams per serving.photo

All KIND products are dairy free (except the yogurt bars), cholesterol free, and gluten free. Every product is tested for gluten, and meets the FDA’s requirement of 20ppm. KIND’s manufacturing plant is dedicated gluten free, and has a strict allergen control program. Moreover, their products are non-GMO, low in sodium, and have zero trans fat.

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What I look for when choosing a bar is a sugar content of less than 6 grams per serving, at least 4 grams of fiber, low sodium, and less than 3 grams of saturated fat. The bars highlighted below are the bars I love and buy all the time.

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Note: This is not a complete list; it is a partial list for comparison.

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KIND healthy grain clusters (aka granola) contain healthy, unique 100% whole grains like amaranth and quinoa; superfoods like blueberries and chia; and delicious ingredients like dark chocolate and maple syrup.

My favorite is the Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia and Quinoa, and with only 6g of sugar per serving it’s not too high for me! I love the healthy blend of chia, quinoa, amaranth, oats, milte and buckwheat, with the sweet touch of maple syrup. Each serving contains 300mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and provide 17g of whole grains!

KIND products can be purchased in local grocery and health stores. They can also be purchased online.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.