April 14, 2010

On the go? Grab a NuGo!

I usually tend to be quite the busy bee, always running from here to there. My pink Thermos water bottle never leaves my side so I’m always well hydrated. But what about fueled? I try to always have a little bag of nuts or a gluten free bar in my bag at all times. I was heartbroken when I heard that the ThinkFruit bars were discontinued (the ones in the purple wrapper – the BEST of the entire Think line!).

Luckily there are more options for gluten free snack bar lovers. The NuGo (Nutrition to Go) company recently sent me samples of their 100% natural gluten free snack bars. I had seen them in stores, but only tried the Carrot Cake bar. I wasn’t that crazy about it, but was willing to give the other flavors a go.

I’m glad I did! I couldn’t get enough of the NuGo Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Trail Mix bar. I practically devoured it and had to restrain myself from licking the REAL dark chocolate from the inside of the wrapper. That stats were impressive too – 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein, around the same as a chocolate candy bar, but healthy and kept me going all afternoon.

The other varieties I tried were the NuGo Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Crunch bar, the Carrot Cake bar, and the NuGo 10 Raw Organic Cranberry bar. Just like the Dark Chocolate Trail Mix bar, the Dark Chocolate Crunch bar was right up there in the satisfying, tasty, and healthy categories.

My second chance with the Carrot Cake bar didn’t convince me any more than the first time I tried it. It was just okay. I tend to find dessert bars (like the ThinkThin Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Lemon Meringue Pie, or Tangerine Creamsicle) a let down, definitely not as good as the real thing. If you want gluten free carrot cake, run over to Swirlz Cupcakes and grab a gluten free carrot cake cupcake…sooooo delicious. They usually have them at Whole Foods too! (Sorry all you non-Chicagoans!)

The NuGo 10 Raw Natural Energy bar came close to my beloved ThinkFruits. No waxy, fake sugar coating, just all organic and natural ingredients. Dates, figs, cranberries, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, flax seed, poppy seed, pumpkin seed, and sunflower seed are the only ingredients in the Cranberry NoGo 10 bar. That’s it. It was tasty, but the cranberries were a little overpowering for me. They also come in two other flavors, Lemon and Apple Cinnamon.

If you see Nugo Nutrition Bars in a store near you, I highly recommend their gluten free Dark Chocolate flavors. Yum!

1 comment:

Jamie Stern said...

Thanks for info on some of these gluten free bars. I actually carry many of the NuGo bars and they are great. One of their new ones is Carrot Cake...yummy!