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Hello all, I just joined.

I consider myself to be a fit and very health conscious little celiac lady :)

I've been a fan of NoGii bars to fuel my workouts, but am starting to get sort of sick of them...

Can anyone suggest another brand or type of gluten-free power snack I can try?

Thanks in advance!

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Hello all, I just joined.

I consider myself to be a fit and very health conscious little celiac lady :)

I've been a fan of NoGii bars to fuel my workouts, but am starting to get sort of sick of them...

Can anyone suggest another brand or type of gluten-free power snack I can try?

Thanks in advance!

I like Organic Food Bar, the protein one. It's not the BEST tasting one ever, but it's pretty good.

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Not sure how much protein you want but Nugo Bars and Kind Bars very good.

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I love Larabars. Also most of the Tiger's Milk bars have no gluten ingredients. Last time I looked, the cruch flavor was the only one with gluten.

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There's a great company called You Bar ( youbars.com ) in which you can order your own custom bars. This is AWESOME news for anyone with specific nutrition needs--you can choose type of protein, add fiber if you want, pick which fruits or sweeteners or, well, the possiblilities are endless! There's even an option to click on where they tell you if the bar you've chosen will be tasty or not. Very cool. You have to order a whole box, of course, and they're a little pricey (about $3/bar) but well worth it in my book.

Another I really like is the Simply Bar, available on (can't say the name, but it rhymes with cramazon.com ). These are high protein, low cal, easy on the stomach and very durable (they don't melt in your backpack). They are very mild tasting--not thrilling, but not objectionable tasting either. But if I want a more delicious bar, I go for a Larabar or a Kind Bar.

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I love Lara Bars, but if you look on the label they don't have very much protein. :( Too bad, otherwise I'd eat them more.

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There's a really good protien bar called Quest protien bar. Google it.

They use all natural ingredients. It has 20 grams of protien per bar...they use whey powder to get the protien. They are really chewy it's like caramel. They also have tons of fiber (78% of the fiber you need for the day) and they are gluten free. So try em. They are great!

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I love Lara bars and Kind bars, both are all natural and have lots of protein, obviously varies with the type you choose. The LaraBar nut rolls are pretty good too, well worth a try! 😄

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there's a brand call Zing bars. they have gluten-free/DF bars as well as bars with whey protein. i get their DF/gluten-free bar and they are AMAZING! here is a link to get more info about them. i buy them at sprouts market and whole foods. http://zingbars.com/flavors-and-types/

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I agree all the bars mentioned in prior posts are very good.. But I have one that I think as many others is tops...... Its called "comfort bar" comes in three flavors the only drawback is you have to order via the mail unless you are in the western states...

Flavors are white chic cherry chip ( favorite) Italian choc orange, & choc almond.... 8 large bare for 21.20 lots of protein... Just amazing....

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Not sure how much protein you want but Nugo Bars and Kind Bars very good.

beware: depending on your sensitivity, these bars probably contain gluten at some level http://www.nugonutrition.com/about/faq/

How does NuGo ensure our products are Gluten-Free?

The current proposed FDA standard for labeling a product gluten-free is testing to ensure it contains less than 20ppm of gluten. At NuGo, all bars that say gluten-free on the label have been batch tested to below 10ppm, a stronger standard than the FDA recommends. We manage allergens strictly during manufacturing, and all shared equipment is heat treated and cleaned before use with our gluten-free products in order for us to maintain the highest standard to ensure the products test below 10ppm.

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Not sure how much protein you want but Nugo Bars and Kind Bars very good.

Kind bars look good although i was a little confused by their answer from their FAQ:

5. Are KIND Healthy Snacks gluten-free?

Our products are tested for gluten and meet FDA’s proposed requirement of 20ppm (0.002%) of gluten. Our manufacturing plant is dedicated gluten free and has a strict allergen control program.

if your plant is dedicated gluten-free, would you even need to test? maybe they're just being very thorough.

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There's a great company called You Bar ( youbars.com ) in which you can order your own custom bars. This is AWESOME news for anyone with specific nutrition needs--you can choose type of protein, add fiber if you want, pick which fruits or sweeteners or, well, the possiblilities are endless!

a warning for the sensitive, the You bars are made in a facility with gluten: http://www.youbars.com/faqs

I have allergies; can you guarantee that what I order will not contain certain ingredients?

  • You may select the ingredients in your bar, however, your bar may contain traces of soy, wheat, eggs, milk, tree nuts & peanuts because our kitchen also processes items with those ingredients.

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There's a really good protien bar called Quest protien bar. Google it.

They use all natural ingredients. It has 20 grams of protien per bar...they use whey powder to get the protien. They are really chewy it's like caramel. They also have tons of fiber (78% of the fiber you need for the day) and they are gluten free. So try em. They are great!

for Quest, i talked to an online customer service agent. i asked them if their bars were processed in a gluten-free facility and they said "our bars are gluten-free". when i reiterated my question, they said "we do not use gluten-containing ingredients in our bars". so Quest is ok i guess?

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Another I really like is the Simply Bar, available on (can't say the name, but it rhymes with cramazon.com ). These are high protein, low cal, easy on the stomach and very durable (they don't melt in your backpack). They are very mild tasting--not thrilling, but not objectionable tasting either. But if I want a more delicious bar, I go for a Larabar or a Kind Bar.

here is the info from the simply bar website: http://www.thesimplybar.com/faq

  • Is The Simply Bar certified gluten-free?

    • Yes. The Simply Bar is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) and is manufactured in a gluten-free environment to prevent cross-contamination. We follow strict manufacturing practices and screen all our products using R5-Elisa. At ‹5ppm of gluten, our delicious protein packed bars are both safe for our celiac consumers, as well as an excellent snack option. View our gluten free certification.

    [*]Is The Simply Bar facility Gluten-Free?


    • Yes. The Simply Bar facility is maintained within a gluten-free environment. It should be noted that our facility also manufactures oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free. However, there is some concern whether the oats are grown in a field that at some point grew other gluten containing grains. Rest assured, our oats are tested for gluten before and after each usage. View our gluten free certification

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i'm not here to be a party-pooper, i just want to save some time for us sensitive folks.

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Quest protein powder and bars are both gluten free, and low carb!

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Bar wise Julian bakery has some gluten-free and Dairy free low carb protein bars, really hit and miss some are terrible. But no gut issue from them. As for protein I  use a few on rotation, Post workout and meals I use Nutrakey V-Pro, MRM Veggie Elite, Oragain Vegan, Jarrow Optimal  in combination with Jarrow Rice, Jarrow Hemp, Pumpkin Seed Protein, Sancha Inchi Powder.   I use Growing Naturals plain in cooking sometimes.

Meal Replacements I use MRM Meal replacement and recently started using Pioneer Labs Celiac Support.

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Has anyone tried this product (Whole Foods carries it in the PNW)? http://www.omeganutrition.com/pumpkin-protein-powder-21-oz-epppp021

Its only ingredient is pumpkin seeds, which is appealing to me as I am allergic to soy/pea protein on top of celiac. The company says it's gluten-free and elsewhere states that all of their products are gluten-free/produced in a dedicated facility. Based on their other products, this seems to check out.

My only hesitation is that there is some flakiness on the website - the founder claims to be some sort of messiah (not joking) and they also claim to test their products for "longevity." Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but I'm a bit leery about trusting a company with something serious if that's their MO so to speak. Thoughts/experiences?

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3 hours ago, apprehensiveengineer said:

Has anyone tried this product (Whole Foods carries it in the PNW)? http://www.omeganutrition.com/pumpkin-protein-powder-21-oz-epppp021

Its only ingredient is pumpkin seeds, which is appealing to me as I am allergic to soy/pea protein on top of celiac. The company says it's gluten-free and elsewhere states that all of their products are gluten-free/produced in a dedicated facility. Based on their other products, this seems to check out.

My only hesitation is that there is some flakiness on the website - the founder claims to be some sort of messiah (not joking) and they also claim to test their products for "longevity." Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but I'm a bit leery about trusting a company with something serious if that's their MO so to speak. Thoughts/experiences?

That is the brand I use, screw all the other stuff he says. The fact is the pure pumpkin powder protein is really high in zinc, magnesium, and several key amino acids, fats, and various other nutrients. But it on amazon btw. the double or the 5lb are the best deals. It is one of the few proteins that help me to put on weight. Also a few tsp before bed makes you sleep quite deep when taken with a bit of almond milk.      You might also look into Hemp Protein, NOTE Jarrow is the only one that still makes gluten-free hemp protein. Everyone else says they might have blow over contamination from wheat. Oh if you need bars and also have issues with whey like I do Julian Makes some paleo bars. Flavor/texture can take some getting used to. Oh and if your alright with rice protein Nutrabiotic makes a full spectrum version enhanced with sprulina.

If you need links to places on where to find these at the best price message me I will see if I can track down some deals.

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Thanks Ennis_TX! That's what I was hoping to hear :)

I've never been a big protein powder user even pre-diagnosis despite being a fairly high level endurance athlete, so my awareness of what's out there is low. I've always preferred "real food," however, I was trying to find a protein powder because I have some extended job-related travel coming up, and wanted a shelf-stable, safe protein source. I like that this one only has no flavouring agents/nutritional additives and sunflower seeds are an inherently nutritious real food.  The price for this powder is actually pretty good in my area as the company is based in Vancouver/Bellingham, which is where I live.

I don't much care if the taste or texture is horrible as long as it doesn't make me sick!  Just wanted to make sure that this was the case. Thanks for the hemp protein suggestion as well.

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GFB bar- dedicated gluten-free factory 

i like pb and cranberry almond 

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13 hours ago, apprehensiveengineer said:

Thanks Ennis_TX! That's what I was hoping to hear :)

I've never been a big protein powder user even pre-diagnosis despite being a fairly high level endurance athlete, so my awareness of what's out there is low. I've always preferred "real food," however, I was trying to find a protein powder because I have some extended job-related travel coming up, and wanted a shelf-stable, safe protein source. I like that this one only has no flavouring agents/nutritional additives and sunflower seeds are an inherently nutritious real food.  The price for this powder is actually pretty good in my area as the company is based in Vancouver/Bellingham, which is where I live.

I don't much care if the taste or texture is horrible as long as it doesn't make me sick!  Just wanted to make sure that this was the case. Thanks for the hemp protein suggestion as well.

What kind of prices you get on the 5lb bags, and top it off with shipping how much would you charge me lol. I get about 4months out of a 5lb bag for $95-$98 total.   PS Julian bakery has recently come out with a beef protein isolate bar that is gluten, soy, dairy, and Pea protein free. Bar is Paleo so no legumes, grains, etc. Also they have Pegan bars or something like that that use pumpkin seed protein. Not tried either yet myself, I know the egg white protein bars they had were hardly palatable but I used them for a few years when I had a pea/legume intolerance my first year or so gluten-free.   -_- the peanut issues still lingers from that.   I have cases of these bars still in the freezer emergency/apocalypse type thing.

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On 2017-03-25 at 6:59 AM, Ennis_TX said:

What kind of prices you get on the 5lb bags, and top it off with shipping how much would you charge me lol. I get about 4months out of a 5lb bag for $95-$98 total.   PS Julian bakery has recently come out with a beef protein isolate bar that is gluten, soy, dairy, and Pea protein free. Bar is Paleo so no legumes, grains, etc. Also they have Pegan bars or something like that that use pumpkin seed protein. Not tried either yet myself, I know the egg white protein bars they had were hardly palatable but I used them for a few years when I had a pea/legume intolerance my first year or so gluten-free.   -_- the peanut issues still lingers from that.   I have cases of these bars still in the freezer emergency/apocalypse type thing.

I believe it is ~$20-25 CAD for the standard jar (600g) at Whole Foods here, so more expensive. This is however, a bargain compared to most other protein powders I see (upwards of $50 for similar amounts!). Packaged food, animal products and alcohol in Canada are stupid expensive, especially if you're off the "main line" (ie. Great Lakes/St Lawrence corridor) as I am. I'm probably a little less affected by this as I never did purchase much packaged food even pre-diagnosis... and now I buy almost none. Luckily in-season veggies are super cheap in most of Canada except the far north, where veggies don't really grow haha.

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    • I have Ulcerative Colitis, it flares after my celiac to gluten also, and dairy exposures, along with soy, spices, and if I over do it on stuff like onion/garlic. It also in my case hates fructose/glucose, rare but some people have that also as a trigger.

      I like you enjoyed a "not so restrictive" diet on my Rx for the disease, I could have spices, garlic, onion, mexican food, without flares....but since  not being able to afford the $600+ a month Rx I found alternative treatments. These will help benefit yours also as the method of coating and soothing the intestinal walls is the same do read here on what I found worked. Also go on a bland diet, avoid legumes, grains if you can, I found nut meal porridge (high in calories and fats) to be great, starches, carbs, sugars, flared mine (you might be backwards and find with rice porridge but not nuts, we are all a bit different). You can find all kinds of recipes for it. Roasted meats/crock pot meats made super soft and easy to digest like a shredded slow cooker roast/chicken. Baked avocado with eggs inside, Scrambled eggs, I found made extra moist with a bit of almond milk/coconut milk whipped in before cooking and using a microwave omelette maker to prevent the "hard edges". I stew in greens into these like canned spinach to get my greens and have spoons of  nut butters for desserts like almond butter (avoid peanut butter it is a legume). Avocado is also quite gentle on the guts for most people and chock full of healthy fats and calories.

      Greens need to be cooked to mush so the tough fibers do not irritate your gut....hate to say it but you should be able to "swish" the food in your mouth before you swallow so eating will take a bit longer.
      AS you heal you will be able to eat a bit more like grain free breads, soups, stews, roast, sheet pan meals, stir fry, egg dishes, etc.

      If you having issue with diarrhea try a higher potassium diet or taking some, it helps dry out your stools. I found using 2tbsp of coconut flour in my eggs to make them set up added fiber and potassium. I have various grain free flat breads on this base also,

      Keep a food diary and find your triggers going to a base super simple diet,
      https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-a-Food-Diary


      Taking BCAAs or bit of protein powder/protein bars between meals can help with preventing weight loss, I just Julian bakery bars, or protein powders like Jarrow Pumpkin, and my own blends....you can probably get by with blends like I used to from Nutra-key V-pro and MRM Veggie Elite.
    • Hi Bree, You need to avoid wheat, rye, and barley, including malt.  It is best to avoid oats and dairy for a few months at the start of the gluten-free diet.  Personally I would avoid soy also. The best thing though is to just stop eating processed foods for a few months at least.  And don't eat in restaurants and also cook your own meals.  A simpler diet is best for healing.  Plus if you are getting sick from a food ingredient it is simple to figure out.  Eating processed foods (like gluten-free pizza) etc you could take in 100 more ingredients in a day.  That means you have to figure out which of those 100 ingredients is making you sick.  Not an easy task.  So I suggest you simplify your diet and learn the easy/fast  way.  Eating out at restaurants will slow your healing/learning down. It is better to take some food with you if you are going out.  Nuts, fruit, hard boiled eggs are easy to carry around.
    • Please don't waste your money on Enterolab.  They have never submitted any proof for peer review verification.  They are glad to take your cash though. I am not familiar with the MC diet.  But many celiacs avoid additional foods beyond just gluten.  I don't eat dairy, soy, nightshades, carrots, celery, oats.  Probably a few I am forgetting.  Many others here avoid other foods too.  There is still plenty to eat though.  Meats and veggies, nuts, eggs etc.  There is almond milk and coconut milk in the stores.  What is helpful on starting the gluten-free diet is to avoid all processed foods and stick with whole foods.  Do all your own cooking and don't eat at restaurants for 6 months.  In celiac, even a small crumb can kick off the immune system reaction.  So we have to avoid cross-contamination of foods.  So no shared condiments jars like mayo, peanut butter, etc.  There is a very short list of ingredients on whole foods. Simplifying your diet is a good thing.  The fewer foods you eat the easier it is to identify a problem food.  Sometimes an elimination diet is helpful to find problem foods. We have a member ennis-tx who has ulcerative colitis.  Ennis eats a keto/paleo/gluten-free/df diet.  Maybe his experience would be helpful to you.  He also has lots of recipes because he is a chef. I'll try and point him to this thread.
    • Those food sensitivity tests on Enterolab are not accepted by actual Celiac doctors.  This sites probably gets a percentage of everyone they send to get the bogus tests.     And I am going to guess that 11 days will not be enough to heal the colitis.  Why not try a restrictive diet for a month or two and see if it helps?  I am surprised that your doctor knew enough to biopsy you for microscopic colitis but didn't advise any diet changes.  Did he say how bad or wide spread it was? 
    • There you go.  The gluten-free diet has helped you.  You might not need,that official diagnosis.   After all, the bottom line is achieving good health.   P.S.  Those Romans went everywhere!  I think now, northern  India (where they grown wheat and not rice) has an even higher rate of celiac disease than Europe.  
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