LUNA Protein Bars {Review}

Last month I was contacted by LUNA Bars and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new Protein Bars which are all gluten-free.  I am always on the lookout for delicious, gluten-free snacks that I can throw in either my purse, backpack, and/or camera bag so I said yes.

These little bars are delicious.  The come in five different flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Chocolate Cookie Dough, Chocolate Cherry Almond, and Mint Chocolate Chip.  Hands down the chocolate peanut butter is my favorite!  Bryan loved the mint chocolate chip (I didn’t get a bite of that one). I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter anyway but LUNA did it so well. I don’t know about you but some times when I eat protein bars they tend to leave a chalky feeling/taste in my mouth but these didn’t.The bars are soft and chewy.

Here is a little bit of information from their website regarding the new LUNA Protein Bars:

LUNA Protein is the first high protein bar for women that provides satiation with natural and organic ingredients. In under 200 calories, LUNA Protein offers 12 grams of soy and whey protein and 3 grams of fiber to satisfy hunger. It contains no artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or trans fats, and no ingredients sourced from genetically modified organisms.

Each 1.6 oz (45g) LUNA Protein bar has around 180-190 calories with 12g protein and 3g fiber, along with essential nutrients women need. It is high in calcium and folic acid, and is a good source of vitamin D, iron, fiber and antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E). Each bar has 6-9g fat and 13-15g sugar depending on the flavor.

LUNA Protein is not a meal replacement bar or a diet bar. LUNA Protein is a delicious, nutritious and convenient snack that satisfies and curbs hunger between meals, helping to prevent high calorie/high fat snack cravings such as potato chips or candy bars.

LUNA Protein is entirely natural. It contains no artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or trans-fats, and no ingredients sourced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). LUNA Protein also contains 35% organic ingredients.

LUNA Protein bars are considered a “low glycemic” food due to the balance of carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, and portion size. Glycemic Index (GI) can be a great tool for fine-tuning the carbohydrate choices in your meal plan, but it shouldn’t be your exclusive consideration for whether or not to include certain foods in your daily meal plans.

At the beginning of 2011 we started to transition all LUNA Protein flavors to be gluten free. To do this, Clif Bar & Company has looked at all aspects of making our bars. Our ingredient suppliers have confirmed that all ingredients are gluten free, so they contain no gluten from wheat, rye or barley. The location where we make our food is capable of making a gluten free food and we test our finished products to confirm that they are gluten free.

Our newest flavors, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate, are all labeled gluten free.

As of March 2011, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough, and Chocolate Cherry Almond transitioned to be gluten free, as well. You can tell if your LUNA Protein bar is gluten free by looking at the packaging.

You can find LUNA Protein bars at many Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, REI, Albertsons, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Frys, Raleys, Smiths, Ralphs, A&P, Pathmark, Walmart, Wegmens, Publix, Safeway, drugstore.com, amazon.com and your local Natural/Specialty food store.

I would definitely buy these again, especially to keep in my backpack during next semester!

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