Gone are the days when there were no breakfast/protein/nutrition/snack/energy bars available for those who had to eat gluten-free (and good riddance to those days, too!). When I first went gf, I could often be found munching on a Snickers bar because there wasn’t much I could take on the run. Now, however, we have lots of options!
Innova Nutrition sent me some of their DiabetEze bars to sample. These are high protein energy bars with 5 grams of fiber (in the chocolate peanut butter, 6 in the chocolate mint) and are low glycemic. They are formulated for diabetics and are also gluten-free.
I’ve been eating these before heading to the gym lately. One bar has 9 grams of fat, 170 or 180 calories, and 18 grams of carbs. I’ve found that they help me get going and really get through my workouts, without adding that heaviness that I feel when I actually eat a real breakfast (I prefer a nutrition/energy bar in the mornings). However, the time I ate one 4 hours before Zumba, that was not a great morning. Burning 800 calories that far after eating 170? Well, the math isn’t promising. :O
These bars have a chewy inside with crispies (made of whey protein), wrapped in a nice layer of chocolate (because chocolate is good for the soul, or something like that 🙂 ).
So how do they taste? They’re actually really good! There’s not a yucky aftertaste like you find with some nutrition bars. They almost taste like candy. In fact, Martin described the chocolate mint one as tasting like a chewy Thin Mint cookie. The chocolate peanut butter is like a low-key version of a peanut butter cup, like something Mom would make to give you the flavor without killing you with sugar. I <heart> the chocolate mint.
They are currently named DiabetEZE, but are going through a re-branding to the name Stabilyze. You can find them at Costco (yay!). Check them out on facebook and learn more about them!