Betty Lou’s “Just Great Stuff” Bars

just-great-stuff-1These Betty Lou’s “Just Great Stuff” antioxidant, organic, gluten-free, vegan bars contain lots of servings of fruits and/or vegetables. Fruits? Sure, yum, right? But vegetables? I see some of you making faces out there. Okay, maybe it was just me.

I have to say, the thought of eating the Fruit + Veggie bar, which contains antioxidants equivalent to 11 servings of spinach, carrots, and dates, seemed mildly horrifying to me. And that first, soft bite was filled with spinach flavor. I wasn’t certain this was going to happen for me. But then, I realized it was mostly the consistency that I had an issue with, so I put the bar in the refrigerator. BAM! SO much better, and for some reason, I tasted more dates (and a hint of banana) than I did the first time. I could still taste the spinach, but it blended in nicely with the other flavors. And I enjoyed it! Shush! Please, please don’t tell my mother I actually ate my vegetables. Continue reading

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Betty Lou’s Gluten Free Fruit Bars

betty-lous-fruit-blueberry-barsOn the front of the Betty Lou’s Fruit Bar packaging, it says “Tastes Like a Piece of Pie!”  Yes, that is indeed true. I have tried (months ago) both the Blueberry and the Apple flavors, and they are just bursting with flavor. They look more like a Fig Newton on steroids (see photo), but don’t taste like them.

On the back of the packaging they refer to the crust as flaky – I’m not really getting that, but it’s okay. The crust is hearty and does not overpower the filling. It’s a great balance.

Here are the stats (based on the blueberry): Calories 190; Total Carbs 41. But the flavor is worth it, especially whereas it contains none of the 8 major allergens defined by the FDA, which includes gluten, soy, and nuts, and these guys are both Non-GMO and vegan. Honestly, I’d never have known the latter if I hadn’t read it.betty-lous-fruit-blueberry

If you are on the road or even at home and you want something quick and delicious to eat, go for one of these. I’ve got an Apple Cinnamon and a Strawberry up for grabs, as well as two PB&J Bars: Strawberry and Blueberry. Just leave a comment below letting me know which kind and flavor you’d like and we’ll get you hooked up. Remember, US residents only, please. Shipping ain’t cheap!

You can learn more about these at http://bettylousinc.com

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Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Smackers

smackers-betty-lou-gluten-free-biteWell, I was not expecting this. After the amazing and knock-your-socks-off Angell bars, I was expecting Smackers to really wow me. They did not.

I was given two samples – one Caramel Peanut flavor, and one Peanut Butter which is a milk chocolate-covered peanut butter patty. I elected to try the first.

The consistency was more like a sports protein bar than a candy bar, which surprised me. Also, the amazing chocolate flavor of the Angell bar did not happen here. I couldn’t really taste the chocolate or the caramel, and the peanut nougat flavor was very, very mild.

Compared to a candy bar, this was disappointing. Compared to a sports nutrition bar, this was pleasant. I’m really not certain which Betty Lou’s is going for here, so it’s hard to make a determination. Continue reading

Betty Lou’s Gluten-Free Angell Candy Bars

img_20161113_193642355-betty-lous-angell-barsBetty Lou’s…. Mmm mmm mmm! So much deliciousness, so little time!

At this year’s Gluten-Free Expo in Glendale, Arizona, I was introduced to a new line of candy bars from Betty Lou’s: the Angell bar. They are non-GMO, vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic. So, they probably can’t taste good, can they? OH YES THEY CAN.

These candy bars are perfect for me because the only soy is in the lecithin, and two of them don’t contain almonds. I really had to pace myself with these – do you have any idea how hard it was NOT to eat them all at once? Wow, willpower!

The three bars I’ve tried are: Continue reading