Review: NuGo Nutrition Bars
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Jun 7 2010

Review: NuGo Nutrition Bars

I came across some bars I hadn’t seen before while surfing the internet a week or so ago. NuGo – nutrition to go – makes a wide variety of nutrition bars, many of which are gluten-free. They had sample packs available to order on their site, so I chose 3 gluten-free flavors & placed my order. The sample packs cost $5.00 and that includes shipping.

NuGo makes seven different kinds of bars. NuGo Free, NuGo 10 and Crispy Cat Candy Bars are all gluten and dairy-free. The NuGo 10 bars are also soy-free.

Our mission at NuGo is pretty simple:

To help people make better snack choices without compromising on flavor. We never use hydrogenated oils or trans fats in our products and, unlike our competitors, we never use waxy vegetable fat compounds in place of real, delicious chocolate. We use only all natural, top quality ingredients like real milk chocolate and antioxidant-rich real dark chocolate to make our bars the best tasting, healthiest options available.

NuGo is an independent food company dedicated to producing the finest, healthiest, most delicious products. NuGo is the fastest growing Lifestyle Brand in the Natural Foods category.

Today NuGo, makes 7 different kinds of bars. We continually respond to our customers’ requests for new and improved nutritional products with exceptional flavor and taste. Healthier choices from the nutrition-conscious folks at NuGo will be at a store near you soon with more products debuting each year.

Our headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA with additional offices in San Francisco and New York.

I ordered the NuGo Free bars in carrot cake, dark chocolate crunch & dark chocolate trail mix.

Carrot Cake:160 calories, 3g fat, 3g fiber, 9g protein. INGREDIENTS: RICE PROTEIN CRISP (RICE PROTEIN CONCENTRATE AND RICE FLOUR), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR), CRYSTALLINE FRUCTOSE, TAPIOCA SYRUP, WALNUTS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, ORGANIC AGAVE SYRUP, CHICORY ROOT FIBER, ICING (SUGAR, INVERT SUGAR, TAPIOCA SYRUP, WATER, FLAXSEED OIL, SALT, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE), RAISINS, RICE PROTEIN, WATER, DRIED CARROTS, ORGANIC ACACIA GUM, CINNAMON, NATURAL FLAVORS, BAKING SODA, SALT, ALMONDS. This bar was pretty good. I could definitely taste the cinnamon & carrot. Healthier than carrot cake! There are other bars on the market that I like better, but this has decent protein for a gluten-free bar.

Dark Chocolate Crunch: 150 calories, 3g fat, 5g fiber, 9g protein. INGREDIENTS: RICE PROTEIN CRISP (RICE PROTEIN CONCENTRATE AND RICE FLOUR), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR), SEMI SWEET DARK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER), CRYSTALLINE FRUCTOSE, TAPIOCA SYRUP, BROWN RICE SYRUP, COCOA POWDER, ORGANIC AGAVE SYRUP, CHICORY ROOT FIBER, RICE PROTEIN, WATER, DATE PASTE, ORGANIC ACACIA GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS, BAKING SODA (SODIUM BICARBONATE), SALT. This bar was my favorite of the 3 that I tried. NuGo uses real dark chocolate, not hydrogenated oils or trains fats in their bars. Jon wasn’t crazy about this bar, he claimed he could taste the “fruit”, which is actually date paste.

Dark Chocolate Trail Mix: 160 calories, 5g fat, 4 grams fiber, 9 grams protein. INGREDIENTS: RICE PROTEIN CRISP (RICE PROTEIN CONCENTRATE AND RICE FLOUR), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR), SEMI SWEET DARK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER), CRYSTALLINE FRUCTOSE, ALMONDS, TAPIOCA SYRUP, BROWN RICE SYRUP, ORGANIC AGAVE SYRUP, CHICORY ROOT FIBER, CRANBERRIES (SUGAR), RICE PROTEIN, PUMPKIN SEEDS, FLAXSEED, WATER, ORGANIC ACACIA GUM, FLAXSEED OIL, NATURAL FLAVORS, BAKING SODA (SODIUM BICARBONATE), SALT, WALNUTS. The trail mix really makes this bar stand out. I love dried fruit & chocolate, so this was right up my alley with the cranberries in the bar.

NuGo bars are a nice option to have available for active people. Keep them in your purse or backpack for emergencies or snacks to hold you over until your next meal. NuGo Free bars are certified gluten-free, which is really important, especially in light of some gluten-free grains testing positive for gluten. You can read more about that in Tiffany’s article.

Looking to purchase NuGo bars? Enter your zip code here to find a store near you or order online here.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Kimberly,
    We are so glad you tried our protein bars. We pride ourselves on making delicious healthy snacks for every lifestyle including Gluten Free lifestyles. You also realized we use REAL Dark Chocolate in our products. Did you know we are the only protein bar company that enrobes in REAL Dark Chocolate? Good luck with you running, healthy lifestyle and gluten free eating!

  2. Cara says:

    I love NUGO! :)

  3. Shelly says:

    Tried the site. Looks great, but you do not get to pick which bars to try in the sample pack. Currently it looks only to be the 3 NuGo 10 bars….cranberry, apple cinnamon, and lemon. I am disappointed because I would like to pick. Kim, did you get to pick or was that the “sample pack” they were offering at the time?

  4. Kim,
    We are launching an exciting line of unique certified gluten-free bars in September. We also started a gluten-free blog http://www.nugonutrition.com/category/gluten-free/
    and a NuGo Gluten Free Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/NuGoGlutenFree

    For help with ordering the sample pack, your readers can call our office at 1-888-421-2032.

    Please email us at glutenfree@nugonutrition.com if you would like to write a guest blog post or review the new bars.

    Healthy Regards,
    NuGo Gluten Free

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