Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Get Some Balance

As someone on a gluten free diet, I understand how it isn't always easy to find gluten free food when you're traveling or even when you're just going to be out of the house for a long time. That is why I like to bring some sort of nutrition bar with me, just in case, I need something to eat and there is nothing around me that is gluten free.

One of my favorite bars to bring on long trips are Balance Bars. There are not may gluten free bars that are high in protein, but these are and they are a delicious and filling snack or meal substitute.

The Balance Original bar is based on the balanced ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and dietary fats. It is available in 7 gluten free flavors including Almond Brownie, Chocolate, Honey Peanut, Peanut Butter, Yogurt Honey Peanut and my 2 favorites Chocolate Raspberry Fudge and Mocha Chip. Although the company has told me that these are gluten free, the packages are not labeled gluten free so you may want to double-check with the company on your own.

However, the company makes it clear that all gluten ingredients will always be labeled clearly on the product, as well as, if an allergen is manufactured on the same machine as the product.

Balance has also recently come out with a line of bars that they are advertising as gluten free. These are called Balance Pure and are composed of real fruit and nuts and have 9 grams of protein. I haven't tried these yet, but I plan on tasting them real soon. These bars are available in 2 flavors: Cherry Pecan and Chocolate Cashew.

For more information on Balance Bars, please visit their website at www.balance.com.

Balance Original and Balance Pure are available to purchase at Ms. Celiac's Market.

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