Jan 27

3 Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic Review + Giveaway


Is anyone else stuck at home today? If you’re like me, work (or school) was cancelled thanks to Juno, our first (and hopefully last) blizzard of 2015. So in honor of this snow day I am hosting a giveaway with four chances to win!!

 

Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic is a more complete gastrointestinal health dietary supplement that provides natural prebiotic fiber (scFOS) and the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 which work together to maintain the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut and support normal digestive function.*

The probiotic in Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal has been shown in clinical trials to help support normal inflammatory response in addition to supporting digestive health.* scFOS is a natural prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract by promoting digestive function, immune health, the growth of healthy bacteria, natural intestinal mechanical barriers, and gut integrity.* Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal combines these two ingredients to provide more complete gastrointestinal health support.* Not only does scFOS support digestive function but as a prebiotic helps L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 to support normal gastrointestinal function.

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Microbiome Plus+ GI has 600mg of PREBIOTIC scFOS (Short-chain fructo oligosaccharides) and 3.5 Billion CFU of the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242. Combined, this provides Synbiotic formulation that has been shown in clinical trials to help support normal inflammatory response in addition to supporting digestive health.

61bUgqSTuhL._SL1000_As you know, I’ve had gastrointestinal issues for years. So I wanted to try this product to see if it would help me. One GI issue I have is the inability to absorb nutrients from food the way I should. In addition to being gluten free I also don’t eat dairy. So giving up my morning Greek yogurt meant giving up my primary food source of probitoics, and this lead to even more GI issues, including an imbalance of unhealthy bacteria and yeast.

I have been taking Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal on a daily basis for a few weeks. It does not upset my stomach at all. (phew) That’s the first step. I feel that I’ve had more energy these past few weeks, most likely it’s due to me actually absorbing vitamins and other nutrients from my food, thanks to Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal. I also noticed that my bloating has gone done a little bit (thank you probioitics!), I’m hoping to see more improvements on this front.

Additional Benefits

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Safety Information
CAUTION: Do not use if pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing. Do not use if under 18 years of age and keep out of reach of children. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking medication, have nausea, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, an immune-compromised condition.

Ingredients
PROBIOTIC Capsule: Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 3.5 billion CFU. Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, vegetable capsule (hypromellose, titanium dioxide). PREBIOTIC scFOS TAblet: scFOS (Short-chain fructo oligosaccharides) 600mg. Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium and silicon dioxide.

About Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242: Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 is a probiotic bacteria of the genus and species Lactobacillus reuteri. It acts through its capacity to produce bile salt hydrolase (BSH) enzyme and reduces cholesterol levels by decreasing absorption of dietary cholesterol and increasing metabolic elimination of cholesterol from the blood. Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 has been shown to effectively reduce total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotien B 100 (ApoB-100), and non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) in human clinical trials. In addition to its cholesterol-lowering properties, the strain provides traditional probiotic benefits such as improved digestive health and immune function.

Directions
Take one of each capsule and tablet twice daily with meals or as directed by physician. STORAGE: Store in cool, dry place. Do not use if carton is opened.

Interested in trying Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic? Well, 4, yes that’s right FOUR, lucky readers will win each win a one-month supply of Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal! To enter simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This. Giveaway will end on February 8, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Legal Disclaimer
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Jan 26

Never Hungover Drink Review // The best way to prevent hangovers

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Never Hunger is the drink to drink before you drink. This innovative and exciting hangover prevention drink is set to revolutionize the category of beverages that claim to prevent or cure hangovers.

Never Hungover is a dietary supplement that is packed with B vitamins, potassium, aloe vera, milk thistle, and green tea extract. Comprised of a natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients, and minerals, it’s formula helps neutralize and process the toxins caused by alcohol in the liver and kidneys (known as acetaldehyde’s), by turning them into acetic acid which is flushed out of the body, thus drastically reducing the cause of a hangover.

Never Hungover is produced in America, and has zero carbs, calories, or sugars, therefore not ruining your diet. It is also caffeine and gluten free.

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The product is designed for you to take up to an hour before or while consuming alcohol. For optimal results, take one bottle of Never Hunger per four drinks. It can be consumed as a shot or a mixer.

Never Hungover has a great lemon-lime flavor. It tastes similar to an energy drink but with a milder and MUCH less sweetened taste. I was able to drink it like a shot. I usually do NOT like energy drinks or things to this nature, but Never Hungover is much more tolerable, less sugary, and doesn’t taste like chemicals or artificial. Taken as a shot or added as a mixer (my preferred choice, mixed with a little lemonade and vodka); either way I felt the same results. My hangover was much less than usual. Now, I am not a big drinker, so I’ve only tried this once but I do think it helped. I shared a few bottles with my friends, and I am awaiting a verdict from them too.

Never Hungover comes in two sizes, a convenient travel-sized 2oz bottle and a 750ml bottle perfect for behind the bar.

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Never Hungover is available at NeverHungover.com, Amazon, Walgreens, MGM Resorts, and GNC stores across the country.

 

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Jan 23

Prima-Source Tumeric Curcumin Review

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Turmeric has been shown to work as a great anti-inflammatory and can greatly reduce joint pain when taken daily. Studies have shown Turmeric Curcumin to reduce inflammation, helping with arthritis and joint pain throughout the body allowing you to maintain the active lifestyle you want

Some of the other benefits are:

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You will see many of the Turmeric supplements come with black pepper/piperine in them. They do this because it improves absorption of the turmeric. But Prima-Source has chosen not to include it with their supplement for two reasons.

  1. Turmeric has been shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory in very small dosages.
  2. The black pepper/piperine can have a negative impact on other medications/supplements that one takes.

If you want to improve absorption, you can take turmeric with a few peppercorns, olive oil, or daily fish oil.

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I was interested in trying a Tumeric supplement because I have been living with digestive issues for years and Turmeric is said to help relieve symptoms of IBS. According to a study published in December 2004 issue of “Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine”, involving over 200 participants who were diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and with no other medical conditions, who received a daily dose of turmeric for eight weeks, the authors found a significant improvement in abdominal discomfort and bowel movements.

Another study featured in July 2010 issue of “Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” and conducted on animal subjects further supports the idea that curcumin helps relive symptoms of IBS because it has the ability to reduce the motility of digestive tract.

Manufactured in a GMP certified Organic facility ensures only the highest quality ingredients utilized in all Prima-Source Products. Prima-Source Turmeric Curcumin is gluten free and has been sent to a 3rd party for testing. Once those results are in, the Gluten Free label will be added to the bottles.

Each bottle of Prima-Source Tumeric Curcumin contains 120 capsules, a two month supply

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Prima-Source is challenging you to take this product for 60 Days and if it’s not working for you, just return the empty bottle and they’ll give you your money back. So what do you have to lose? You can purchase Prima-Source Tumeric on Amazon for just $16.97.

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Jan 22

Crazy Cups Sumatran Tiger K-Cups Review

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Crazy Cups Sumatran Tiger coffee is USDA Organic Certified, fair trade and comes in k-cups compatible with most single serve brewers, incluing Keurig Coffee Brewers (*Note: does not work with the new Keurig 2.0).

Crazy Cups are sugar free, gluten free, lactose free, vegan, and Kosher.

Each Crazy Cups contains 13g of premium Arabica coffee. This is 30% more ground coffee than any other single serve cup in the market. This is important because the more coffee, the better the cup. More coffee means a stronger, bolder, more flavorful cup. And let me tell you, Sumatran Tiger is strong and bold.

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Sumatran Tiger is a non-flavored coffee. Bold and complex, this coffee has subtle notes of dark chocolate and pepper, and a smooth rum-raisin finish.

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Crazy Cups are also available in 14 outrageous coffee flavors:

Crazy Cups also has 3 delicious hot cocoas: Salted Caramel, Irish Crème Cheesecake, and Maple French Toast.

Not only does this coffee taste good, but it is good for Mother Nature. Crazy Cups cool, peel, recycle technology allows for a more responsible and sustainable alternative.

Crazy Cups are sold in boxes of 22, and are available to purchase online on Amazon and Groupon.

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This entry was posted in Beverage, Kosher, organic, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , , on 22 January, 2015.

Jan 21

Gluten Free Golden Girl Granola Review & Giveaway

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I was first introduced to Golden Girl Granola last February at the Boston Food and Wine Expo where they had a booth set up. I tried it and I loved it and then I never same them again; not at another event, not at the grocery store, and not at the health food stores. So when I was asked if I wanted to do a review on my site featuring Golden Girl Granola I was thrilled to try it again!

Golden Girl Granola is a family granola business based in Shirley, MA.  They make and sell loose granola in 14oz and 3oz bags, now available in stores throughout New England.

The mission at Golden Girl Granola is to provide a naturally healthful and deliciously crunchy product of the highest quality to their customers.

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They promise to provide a granola that:

Golden Girl Granola is an all-natural, whole-grain granola that is non-GMO, dairy free, cholesterol free, casein free, trans-fat free, wheat free and has no preservatives, artificial color or flavors.

– is whole-grain and healthful
– uses the finest, all-natural ingredients
– is locally-produced, with locally-sourced ingredients, whenever possible
– is wheat-free, and is produced in a gluten-free kitchen
– is dairy free, casein free, tans-fat free
– is free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.
– is non-GMO
– is hand-crafted in small, artisan batches with the utmost care
– is beyond delicious!

Flavors include:

Although all granolas are wheat and gluten free only one flavor is made with certified gluten free oats: Truly Tropical. If you are like me and do not have a problem with oats then you can eat all 8 flavors. If you can’t handle oats then stick to the Truly Tropical.

So , lets start with the Truly Tropical. Made with certified gluten free oats, honey, cashews, dried mango, sugar, coconut, non-GMO canola oil, vanilla, and sea salt, this granola is sweet and crunchy. I like the combination of buttery cashews, sweet coconut and a little saltiness.

One serving— ¼ cup— has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

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My favorite was the Pumpkin Harvest made with pumpkin seeds, raisins and pumpkin spices. I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin and this does not disappoint.

And now for the giveaway! One lucky reader is going to win 4 flavors of Golden Girl Granola!

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This giveaway will end on January 27, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Follow Golden Girl Granola on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news and product information.
Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This entry was posted in breakfast, dairy free, Giveaway, granola, Product Review and tagged , , , , on 21 January, 2015.

Jan 20

Gluten Free Brunch at Ellary’s Greens: Healthy, Organic & All Natural // West Village

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Ellary’s Greens is an exciting restaurant that offers an array of healthy, gourmet options of affordably-priced, natural, and organic foods for all.

At Ellary’s Greens they care passionately about what you put in your body. Dedicated to nourishment you can trust, quality sourced from beautiful farms, and warm service that makes you feel like you’re home, theygive you the options you need, regardless of dietary restrictions or choices, through the vehicle of taste and delight.

Ellary’s Greens every ingredient is local, organic, and/or natural. They only use high-quality, highly nutrient-rich ingredients.

Ellary’s Greens offers a variety of gluten free options. From baked goods and house-made granola, to tofu scramble at brunch, and salads and wraps at lunch and proteins, grains, and vegetables at dinner, there are over two dozen gluten free options on the menu.

I recently went for Brunch when my friend Becca was visiting. Usually when I go out to brunch I order eggs. This time I wanted to try something different; something I’ve never had before. I had the Tofu Scramble ($9), made with fresh herbs, tomatoes and swiss chard, and served with home fries (GF, vegan).

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Gluten Free Brunch Items Include:

The menu also features vegan, vegetarian and dairy free items, all labeled on the menu.

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Jan 19

Prohibition Bakery, a boozy bakery, now offers Gluten Free Rum Drops // Lower East Side, NYC

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Prohibition Bakery, a boozy bakery located on the Lower East Side, has just started offering a gluten-free product – their alcoholic gumdrops which they call Rumdrops.

Prohibition Bakery is mostly known for their boozy cupcakes but they also offer a line of boozy gum drops, based off of cocktails, called RumDrops. Prohibition Bakery just launched the first gluten free flavor of RumDrops: Bourbon Milk Punch, made with spiced bourbon and heavy cream.

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Priced at $6 a pack this might be the cheapest and most creative way to get your drink on in New York City.

Do you remember jello shots in college? Well RumDrops are a grown up, and improved, version of the vodka-socked jello shots we used to take. You can defiantly smell and taste the Bourbon but it is not overpowering and it doesn’t taste like a shot. RumDrops are such a fun and creative way to incorporate alcohol into dessert, without resorting to the old jello shots.

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Bourbon — a form of whiskey— must be made from at least 51% corn, which is a gluten free grain. However, the rest of what goes into Bourbon generally comes from wheat, barley and rye, which are, of course, not gluten free.

Due to these products being so highly processed, they have no detectable gluten even if derived from a grain that contains gluten.

So does that mean bourbon that gluten free? It depends on whom you ask. Some people with celiac and gluten intolerance can tolerate alcoholic beverages distilled from gluten grains, and others can’t. So really, it depends on what your body can—and cannot— tolerate.

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for my review, and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This entry was posted in Alcohol, Bakery, dessert, Lower East Side, New York City, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , on 19 January, 2015.

Jan 17

Detox Water recently launched online and in stores in NYC

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Detox Water is not a raw juice and it’s not another flavored water. It’s the best of both combined to create a refreshing and all natural organic aloe water.

Detox Water is refreshing and tasty. When I drink it, it feels like coconut water but has more flavor and less sugar. There are not chunks of aloe like you find in some aloe drinks, so it goes down smooth.

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The founder, Kenneth Park, has been drinking aloe since his early childhood days and it all stems from his mother. She experienced serious digestive issues and when all recommended medications failed, one doctor recommended trying aloe.

Adding aloe water to her diet not only resolved her stomach problems but also improved her immune response to these on-going stomach pains. After realizing the plethora of benefits she experienced from ingesting aloe, Ken’s mother shared her aloe smoothies with the rest of her family.

Soon after moving to college, Ken attempted to find an aloe drink that could replace his mother’s creations. However, he soon realized how difficult it was to find a legitimate aloe replacement. There were other aloe drinks in existence, but none of them actually provided the true health benefits of a raw aloe plant.

That’s when Detox Water began.

Detox Water is the most bioactive organic aloe water, combining Qmatrix ACTIValoe® infused water with the electrolytes and vitamins your body requires, bringing you the best in healing hydration. Detox Water helps cleanse your body from the inside out.

Developed and patented, ACTIValoe is the first standardized aloe vera to guarantee not less than 10% polysaccharides by weight as verified and measured by NMR and Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC/HPLC), ensuring batch-to-batch consistency and enhanced biological activity.

In fact, ACTIValoe is research-proven to retain and enhance the biological activity of native Aloe vera.
Detox Water is vegan, organic, Kosher, gluten free, non-GMO and locally grown in Texas and Mexico.

With electrolytes and only 4 grams of sugar it is a better choice for a post-workout drink. Or replace your sports/electrolyte drink during your workout with Detox Water for a satisfying and hydrating healthy alternative.

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I’ve also been using the Detox Water in my morning smoothies with celery, spinach, cucumber, carrots, beets, and lemon. Yum! I bet it would also make a great mixer for a Aloe vera martini.

Nutritional Values

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Aloe’s Health Benefits:

Organ Health & Protection

Gastrointestinal & Digestive Health

Healthy Blood & Sugar Regulation

Anti-Inflammatory & Heart Health

Immune Boost

Skin Health & Anti-Aging

Teeth & Oral Care

As of today, Detox water is sold out of Cafe Bistro on 34th between 8th & 9th, with more locations in the works! You can also purchase a case of Detox Water online.

Use promo code DETOXNY to save 15% off all online purchases until January 31, 2015.

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Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for my review and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Jan 16

Gluten Free and Grain Free JK Gourmet Granola and GG Bites

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 11.23.10 AMTo start the year off in a healthy direction, Grain-Free JK Gourmet has launched a new line of snacks called GG Bites, available in seven delicious flavors:  Original, Cranberry, Apple, Organic Raisins, Ginger & Black Pepper, Crushed Chili & Cayenne and Chocolate.  Made with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, honey and organic coconut nectar – think of them as a “better-than-sesame-snaps”…and certainly healthier!

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Grain-Free JK Gourmet, a North American producer and distributor of healthy, all natural and paleo-friendly baking flours, mixes, and snacks. And I recently got to sample Grain-Free JK Gourmet’s products.

Much like their Granola, JK Gourmet’s GG Bites will satisfy appetites and satiate cravings at any time of day (or night!), and won’t leave you feeling guilty or unwell—their products are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, paleo-friendly, kosher, and have no added fats, trans fats, refined sugars or preservatives.

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These delicious and crunchy morsels are one of my new favorite snacks for 2015. Made with a combination of almonds, sunflower and sesame seeds, juice sweetened fruit, and sweetened with honey and organic coconut nectar, are light, tasty, and irresistible.

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JK Gourmet’s gluten free granola is made from only the best ingredients and is entirely free of grains, including oats.  There’s no added fat, plus it’s filler-free and packed with seeds, dried fruit and heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Absolutely no refined sugar or fillers is a must for my granola, and JK Gourmet does not disappoint on this, or on taste. This delicious, nutritious granola is available in 7 flavors: apple spice and raisin, fig and raisin, original nuts and raisins, cranberry cashew, black cherry and apple, blueberry and black currant, and hazelnut date.

I tried the Cranberry Cashew. Made with wholesome cranberries that are sweetened with apple juice concentrate instead of sugar, which gives them a unique dark purple color and allows some of their original tartness to shine through. Large, whole cashews make for a flavor combination that is both sweet and tart.

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INGREDIENTS: Cranberries infused with unsweetened apple juice concentrate, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut, honey, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds

The granola comes in a re-sealable pouch, making it perfect for eating while you’re hiking, biking, skiing or trying to fit eating healthy into your busy schedule. You can eat our granola by the handful, on yogurt or as a cereal.

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JK Gourmet products are made in a gluten free, peanut free facility.

 

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Jan 15

PROBAR Bite Mixed Berry Review // Love at First Bite

719dvqL2UEL._SL1200_Introducing PROBAR bite™, the new organic snack bar that puts on the go and good-for-you in the same bite. The gold standard of snack bars, PROBAR bite™ is gluten free and packed with wholesome and nutritious ingredients suitable for everyone.

Quick, easy, scrumptious and packed with great tasting ingredients, this satisfying snack will energize your day. With only 190 calories PROBAR bites are a perfect snack to stave away hunger. Leave one in your desk, purse or gym bag to help fend off unhealthy snacking temptations and reward yourself with a delicious snack made from purely real food ingredients.

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In staying true to the PROBAR® mission, they’ve maintained their commitment to quality, sustainability and fantastic taste.  PROBAR bite™ comes in six scrumptious flavors: Chocolate Cherry Cashew, Coconut Almond, Mixed Berry, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Crunch and Superfruit + Greens.

Not only are PROBAR Bites gluten free, they are also organic, non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, and Kosher. With 190 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 11 grams of sugar per bar, these have become one of my new favorite snack bars.

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I’ve tried many protein bars, snack bars and granola bars. Many of them either taste terrible, have way too much sugar, or have a rather unpleasant texture. The Mixed Berry PROBAR bite™, is sure to be your go-to snack for always-in-season berries that never disappoint. It keeps your energy up and makes your taste buds dance year round. I loved the taste and the texture. The bars had a nice crunch and fresh fruit flavor; nothing artificial about it. A bit on the sweet side, I would prefer just a little less sugar, although I a like that none of the sugar comes from refined sugar.

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You can find PROBAR Bites at retail locations throughout the US, including Whole Foods Market, Fairway, Wegman’s, City Sports, REI, and other leading retailers.

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