QuestBar Gluten Free Protein Bar

quest-bar-1Welcome to another episode of “I ate it so you wouldn’t have to.” You’re welcome.

Okay, call me silly, but I saw cinnamon rolls on the outside of this package (cinnamon roll flavor), saw that it was 4g net carbs and 20g protein, saw that it was made with whey and milk protein instead of soy, and I thought – WINNER! Well, write this down, people: I was wrong.

The consistency is akin to an old squeeze-tube of astronaut food that’s starting to solidify. (Check out the beef and vegetables in a tube in case you were born after 1964. Smart aleck.) At least you can Continue reading

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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

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

Enjoy Life Snack Bars

enjoy-life-bars-gluten-freeWell, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Sampling the Enjoy Life S’Mores flavor soft baked bar – and I’m not really sure what I think. The presentation is quite nice – see photo. The flavor is good – not quite sure it tastes like a s’more, but I like the way it does taste. I guess what I’m confused about is the consistency. It’s not really holding together as well as it could – it has the potential to crumble when you bite into it. Sort of a sports bar, sort of a cake bar, sort of Rice Krispy bar… Can you see why I’m confused?

enjoy-life-barsAt 140 calories and 25 grams of carbs, I can personally see other things I would eat in their place. But I will say, that if you like this specific flavor, I haven’t run across anything else like it.

All that being said, it is free of the top 8 allergens which include gluten, milk, nut, and soy. Since I can’t have almond or soy as well as gluten, it’s nice to have something else in the wings that I can eat without having to worry about any of those. And it certainly didn’t taste like it was free of all that stuff – it wasn’t lacking in flavor at all.

Don’t take my confused word for it – you can try either the SunSeed crunch (baked chewy bar) or the Cherry Cobbler (soft baked bar) for free! Just leave a comment below with which flavor you’d like and we’ll hook you up. U.S. addresses only, please. I ain’t rich.

For more information, check out http://enjoylifefoods.com

Betty Lou’s Energy Balls

img_20161115_161246083-nuts-over-chocolate-energy-ballI’m becoming an enormous fan of Betty Lou’s. Her energy balls are just great. I’ve tried three different flavors so far:  Paleo Java with cacao, coffee and pumpkin seeds, Coconut Macadamia, and the Vegan Protein Plus Chocolate Hazelnut. I have also had something which now confuses me since I can’t find it in the store again; it was like an energy ball but it was filled with creamy hazelnut butter. That was TO DIE FOR. I looked for it again in the store tonight, but unfortunately couldn’t find it. The Sprouts I shop at is a little smaller than some of the others I’ve been to, where I found that absolutely delicious piece of chocolatey heaven.

Okay, enough drooling. Here is my take on the three I tried this week: 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