The Allergy Free Wife’s Top Five Favorite Protein Bars
When dealing with a food allergy or restriction, it’s always critical to have a protein bar stashed away in your bag in the event that you’re out and not able to find something safe to eat. I get very hungry, very quickly and having a protein bar on hand has saved me from many hangry (hungry + angry)Â moments!
During my search for a protein bar, I needed to find one that was not just gluten free, but also nut free (aka impossible). Although I can eat nuts, because of my husband’s allergy I try to steer clear when possible to ensure the risk of Â transferring any nut proteins (who knew a kiss could be so deadly!).Â Below are my top five favorite allergy free protein bars, many are also free of the top eight allergens as well.
InBar: With 140 calories, 10 grams of protein, and only 7 grams of net carbs, InBar offers a substantial nutritious punch while not being overloaded with sugar. The bars are also free from wheat, gluten, soy, eggs, dairy, nuts, and sweeteners. Currently there are six flavors, my favorite are the chocolate cherry and chocolate butter crunch. The worst flavors? Cinnamon swirl and chocolate mint which were way too sweet for my liking.
SimplyWhey:Â Canadian Based Simply Protein offers three types of Whey bars which are free from gluten,Â nuts, soy, and are low in sugar. With 150 calories, 15 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber these are perfect for a quick snack and leave me feeling pretty full for a few hours. Their line of SimplyProtein bars (using soy protein instead of whey) are gluten free, however contain nuts.
SmartBar: These are my favorite snack when I want something sweet, but also need a boost of protein. With just 130 calories and 10g of protein, these taste almost like you’re eating a cookie. All SmartBar flavors are gluten free, and there are two flavors which don’t contain nuts (apple cinnamon and blueberry). If you’re sensitive to dairy, these aren’t recommended as they contain whey protein and a greek style yogurt drizzle. Pro tip: heat these up in the microwave for 15 seconds for a real treat.
Founded by a mother with a son who has a serious allergy to nuts, the bars contain rolled oats, toasted sunflower kernels, flax seed, dried fruit, whey protein, and honey.
Avalanche: Founded by a mother with a son who has a serious allergy to nuts, the bars contain rolled oats, toasted sunflower kernels, flax seed, dried fruit, whey protein, and honey. Each bar has about 300 calories and 10-11 grams of protein depending on the flavor. Speaking of flavor, six different varieties are offered: blueberry vanilla, cherry chocolate, cinnamon raisin, cranberry pineapple, caramel espresso, and apple cinnamon. Delicious and safe for those with a nut allergy or gluten allergy/intolerance.
Go Raw:Â The Go Raw bars have the least amount of protein in comparison to other bars in this list (1-2g), however I love to keep these around in case I’m in a bind and want a light snack. The banana bread flax flavor is my favorite. Added bonus? All Go Raw products are gluten free, soy free, nut free, and vegan.
Do you have any recommendations I should try?