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Jan 28 2015

Review: NuGo Dark Chocolate Coconut & Spicy Chocolate Bars

I recently received a couple of samples of the new NuGo Dark Bars to try and review for you guys. NuGo Nutrition has a nice variety of gluten-free bars that are great for refueling after a tough workout or snacking on between meals. I especially like the NuGo Dark bars because NuGo uses only real dark chocolate, not the fake chocolate found in some protein bars.

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There are two new varieties joining the NuGo Dark line. Those varieties are:

Chocolate Coconut - Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter), Non-GMO Soy Crisp (non-GMO soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, and salt), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Syrup, Coconut (coconut, cane sugar, dextrose), Non-GMO Brown Crisp Rice, Toasted Coconut, Almonds, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Gum Acacia, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Salt.

Spicy Dark – Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter), Non-GMO Soy Crisp (non-GMO soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, and salt), Tapioca Syrup, Agave Syrup, Non-GMO Brown Crisp Rice, Almonds, Cocoa Powder, Gum Acacia, Natural Flavors, Cayenne Pepper, Ancho Chili, Chipotle Chili, Cinnamon, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin, Salt.

I love the combination of chocolate and coconut, so I knew this bar would be a hit with me. I was not disappointed! There is a prefect balance of chocolate and coconut throughout this bar. I passed the Spicy Chocolate Bar along to a gluten-free friend who quickly fell in love with it! She is also a huge fan of the Chocolate Pretzel Bar, as am I.

NuGo Dark Bars can be found online or in many local grocery and health food stores across the US. Do you have a favorite NuGo Dark Bar? Have you tried either of the new varieties?

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

Jan 26 2015

Review: Aldi Live Gfree Pancakes

Aldi has come a long way in the past year when it comes to gluten-free specialty products. Their store brand, Live Gfree, has become a permanent fixture in the stores with a diverse product line. When I ran into Aldi last week to pick up a loaf of the Live Gfree White Bread, I spotted the Live Gfree Pancakes for the first time. I picked up a box of the Homestyle and Blueberry varieties.

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The pancakes can be found in the frozen aisle close to the other breakfast food items. Each box contains 12 pancakes (4 servings).

Homestyle Ingredients: Water, white rice flour, soy flour, sugar, vegetable oil (soybean), tapioca starch, yellow corn flour, dextrose, salt, baking powder (sodium acid and pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch and mono calcium phosphate), soy lecithin.

Blueberry Ingredients: Water, white rice flour, soy flour, sugar, vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola), tapioca starch, yellow corn flour, dextrose, salt, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch and monocalcium phosphate), blueberries, soy lecithin, fructose, fruit juices (elderberry, watermelon and huito), natural flavor.

I was excited to have pancakes after my run on Saturday and even more excited that they took only 1-2 minutes to heat up and serve. I topped mine with fresh blueberries and maple syrup and then dug in. I thoroughly enjoyed these pancakes. The taste and texture is very close to homemade, but a lot easier. These pancakes cost under $4/box, though I am having a problem remembering for sure if they are $2.99 or $3.99. Jon agreed that these pancakes are amazing and wants me to make sure we are stocked with them all of the time. I reminded him he has a car and is able to go to Aldi whenever he pleases.

Aldi has a number of other products that are naturally gluten-free. To see where the closest Aldi to you is, check the store locator on the website. Have you tried the Live Gfree Pancakes? What do you think?

Jan 23 2015

Review: Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs

I am always on the lookout for new, quick breakfast ideas and snacks for Jon. I heard there was a new gluten-free cereal from Cascadian Farm Organic, so I kept my eyes open for it when I went to the grocery store last weekend. I was surprised that I found it the first time I looked for it, so I picked up a box.

Cascadian Farm Organic Berry Vanilla Puffs are corn puffs that are whole grain, gluten-free and non-GMO.

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Ingredients: Whole Grain Purple Corn*, Yellow Corn Meal*, Sugar*, Whole Grain Yellow Corn Meal*, Tapioca Syrup*, Sunflower Oil*, Sea Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Vanilla Extract*, Natural Flavor*, Vitamin E Added to Preserve FreshnessMAY CONTAIN SOY AND SESAME INGREDIENTS.*Organic

Each serving contains only 7 grams of sugar, 100 calories, 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. Both Jon and I really enjoyed this cereal. I like to eat it with vanilla almond milk, while Jon prefers cow’s milk.

This is the first gluten-free cereal from Cascadian Farm Organic, though they have many other gluten-free products that are naturally gluten-free. These products include frozen fruit, frozen vegetables, frozen potatoes, fruit spreads, juice concentrates and relish. Look for Cascadian Farm Organic products in your local grocery store.

Have you tried the new Berry Vanilla Puffs? What did you think? 

Jan 21 2015

Review: Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs

Last fall I shared some exciting information about Udi’s Gluten-Free adding some new frozen meals to their impressive product line-up. Recently I have spotted some of these new products in our local grocery stores and purchased a couple to try them out. Today I am going to review the Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs that I found last week at Walmart when I ran in to look for school supplies and waterproof boots. I just can’t help wandering around to look for fun, new gluten-free food items.

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The Ziti & Meatballs is a frozen, DIY meal that serves two average people or one hungry teenager. Each portion contains 18 grams of protein and goes perfectly with an Italian salad and gluten-free garlic bread (use Udi’s French Baguettes).

I can’t believe how quickly this meal cooked and how good it tasted! The aroma in the kitchen smelled like we had been cooking all day long! Jon fell in love and even though he proclaimed the meatballs to be a little too round, he asked me to buy it again. I like meals like this to help him learn to prepare his own food. The price was roughly $8.00, which isn’t bad considering it serves 2

Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs can be found in the gluten-free freezer section of your local grocery store. If you are looking for something specific, check with your store manager.

Have you tried Udi’s Gluten-Free Ziti & Meatballs? What did you think?

Jan 19 2015

Coors Goes Gluten-Free

Next month Coors Brewing Company, located in Golden, Colorado, will introduce its very first gluten-free beer. The new gluten-free beer, called Coors Peak Copper Lager, debuts in Seattle and Portland.

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Coors Peak Copper Lager, made separately from gluten-containing beers, will be made with brown rice, malted brown rice and protein from peas. There are 170 calories per bottle (12 ounces). It appears that for the time being this beer will only be sold in Seattle and Portland. Let’s hope that changes and it soon becomes available across the country. 

Coors Peak Coppery Lager joins Anheuser-Busch’s Redbridge, New Grist, Bard’s, New Planet and Green’s in the gluten-free beer market. There are others that are technically considered gluten-free, but are actually “gluten-removed”. They check-in at under 20ppm gluten, but this girl steers clear of them.