Monday, September 27, 2010

Hittin' the bars of Bora Bora

I must say I feel a bit guilty. Right now you're thinking "Wow! There are gluten-free bars in Bora Bora?!" Well no. Or rather I don't know, I've never been. What I have experienced are the Bora Bora fruit and nut bars and as usual I am addicted. The gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, no refined sugar, vegan, kosher and organic nutrition bars are divided into three categories: antioxidant, superfood and energy. May I recommend the Exotic Coconut Almond, Wild Pomegranate Pecan, and Paradise Walnut Pistachio as the first of ten flavors to try? I first tried one that I found at a boat dealership in New Jersey. Seriously. A gluten-free organic nutrition bar being sold at a boat dealership. How cool is that? Imagine how excited I was to find them at the Harris Teeter when I got home!  WooHoo! However, the Harris Teeter is missing some important flavors (Volcanic Chocolate Banana and Tiki Blueberry Flax for starters) and I'm going to have to talk them into getting them.

Being gluten-free can be hard when you're on the road, running errands or out and about late night. Nutrition, protein and snack bars make great car, and even bar (the go hang out and have a few cocktails kind) food and I like to have them on hand always.  Larabar is another favorite of mine. With umpteen flavors, it's hard to get sick of them and they always offer a healthy, raw, gluten and dairy free snack.  May I recommend Coconut Cream Pie (seems like I push a lot of coconut things on you guys doesn't it?), Cashew Cookie, Peanut Butter Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (unbelievable how much it tastes like it), Peanut Butter and Jelly (who needs a sandwich with all those extra carbs?) and Key Lime Pie. I encourage you NOT to get Tropical Tart (recently tried and the only flavor I would never buy again). I desperately want to try Carrot Cake but I haven't seen it at the store recently.

Natural, healthy, organic, kosher and gluten-free Pure bars are a more recent discovery for me. The Wild Blueberry is reminiscent of a blueberry Pop Tart and I LOVED blueberry Pop Tarts. I cannot get enough of this delicious, though a bit pricier, bar and I must admit......I haven't tried any of their other flavors because I'm pretty sure it will not compare. Blueberry is my all time favorite fruit and Pure bar nailed it on the head.

A newer addition to the Shaklee catalog this year is the gluten-free, dairy-free Chewy Apple Cinnamon Fiber bar. With a whopping 8 grams of fiber, at only 120 calories and 1.5 grams of fiber, this bar packs a filling punch.  And let's face it, we're all lacking in the fiber intake department.  Order from a local Shaklee distributor, online or if you're in the Wilmington, NC area through KB Organic Skin Care (a shameless plug for my other business I know, but why not?)

Bars. Leave 'em in your car, pack 'em in your purse, or stick 'em in your desk at work and save yourself the stress of the drive-through, the convenience store or the temptation of the late night pizza joint after a night of inhibition reducing drinking. You'll be happy you did.

Until we eat again,

Eat bars, Drink and Be Gluten-Free

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I wish you could tip the airlines on these. Every time I fly I have to remember to bring my own snack. The flights I have been on had nuts, but the nuts had wheat in the ingredients. All of their other offerings where made with wheat too. These would be great for this purpose.