Sunday Funday – February 19th, 2012


NuGo, gluten free protein bar, weight loss protein bar

Another weekend almost gone… which means another Sunday Funday! Last night I filled a dutch oven with $60 worth of ingredients and high hopes to win my friends’ chili cook-off today. Wish me luck! Perhaps you’ll hear good news next Sunday.

In the meantime, have you heard of NuGo nutrition bars? It can be really hard to find just the right nutrition bar. First of all, it’s got to have ingredients you can tolerate. Secondly, it should have the right nutritional balance to fuel your body’s needs. Lastly, it should taste good. Nope, scratch that. It should taste GREAT. Fortunately, NuGo offers a wide variety of products so there’s bound to be one for you!

NuGo Family bars are all natural (because your loved ones deserve the very best!) and high in protein (hey, studies show that kids function better on higher protein breakfasts too.) They contain nourishing ingredients like yogurt, whole oats, and brown rice.

NuGo Organic bars are vegan and kosher, and enrobed in rich, organic (duh!) antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, while NuGo FREE bars give anyone with sensitivities to gluten, dairy, or soy the freedom to snack well.

And that’s just a few of many that are sure to please. Recently, I got the chance to try the three new flavors of NuGo Slim.

Nugo Raspberry Trufflle, Roasted Peanut, Brownie Crunch

Unlike many other low-sugar, high-protein nutrition bars on the market, NuGo Slim bars are free of artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, and have almost as much fiber as they do protein. And on top of all that, they are gluten-free too. Check out the stats for yourself!

NuGo Slim bars are offered in Brownie Crunch, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Raspberry Truffle. Each one is robed in real dark chocolate. See?

Normally I’m not a fan of fingers and half-eaten food in photos (to be quite blunt, those things make me cringe) but when it comes to protein bars, the inside matters and I felt wrong not sharing it with you. Whenever I bight into a new protein bar (especially one hidden by a layer of chocolate!) I wonder what I’m getting into. Will it be like a chewy granola bar, smooth like fudge, or crisp like a wafer? NuGo bars have a filling somewhere between crisp and smooth, and rich and chocolatey – just what I was hoping for. Unexpectedly, the chocolate raspberry has been my favorite (I usually prefer chocolate-nut or pure chocolate flavors) which was a nice surprise!

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Are you still looking for the perfect protein bar? Do you think you’ll be trying any of the NuGo varieties?

I don’t have a NuGo giveaway for you this week, but if you’re in the mood for winning, don’t forget about my Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites giveaway, still going on. Trust me, this is a goodie!

In other news, semi-related to protein bars (this might be a stretch, but just go with it) fellow Fitfluential Ambassador Tara Burner recently featured me in your Fitspo Friday series. I had a lot of fun answering the questions, and I’m pretty sure you’ll learn at least one new thing about me that I haven’t discussed here. So go ahead, check it out! And let me know if you indeed did learn something new ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you like my Oatmeal Cookie Dip from the other day? How much? Enough to vote for it? I entered it into RecipeLion’s BlogHop Dessert Contest, and I hope you’ll vote for it by heading on over and clicking “Like” on #30! There’s a prize involved for the winner, and I just might share it with you ๐Ÿ™‚

And lastly but perhaps most importantly….

By now I hope you’ve heard me talk about Nourished, the upcoming food blogger conference where I’ll be presenting on food photography for beginners. Sure, Nourished is billed as a “special diet” blogger conference, but what exactly does that mean and how do you know if you should go?

Nourished is *not* only for gluten-free bloggers. Nourished *is* for specialty bloggers of all types: clean eating, allergen-friendly, dairy-free, grain-free, low carb, vegan, vegetarian, raw foods, whole foods, paleo, Autism diet, etc.

What makes me a specialty blogger? I am not on a strictly gluten-free diet. I don’t eat only vegan food or low-carb food. I don’t have any food allergies, and neither does anyone in my family. But truthfully? I care about those who do, AND I enjoy all kinds of food. I like learning about and nourishing myself with a variety of healthy, wholesome foods and I think it’s pretty cool that plenty of people on those kinds of diets – and those who aren’t – come to my blog for all kinds of good food. That’s why I’m supporting Nourished.

But we’re not only talking about food. Nourished is a conference for bloggers. Join us if you want to:

  • enhance your blog, brand or internet presence
  • engage your audience through captivating food writing
  • improve your food photography and recipe quality
  • get inspired and take your blog to the next level
  • network with other food bloggers for ideas, support and friendship
  • build the best blog possible!

What sets Nourished apart from other food blogging conferences? For those with allergies and sensitivities, attending any event be it a conference, wedding, work luncheon, etc can be a challenge. Imagine a place where you won’t have to worry! All of the food at Nourished will be gluten-free and carefully labeled for other allergens. And of course, beyond general blogging education, there will be specific sessions geared towards developing your brand within your specialty niche and the opportunity to network with others in your community. Check out the agenda for more details.

What else do you want to know? ASK.

Ready to sign up? BUY YOUR TICKET.

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6 Responses to “Sunday Funday – February 19th, 2012”

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    janet @ the taste space — February 19, 2012 @ 10:09 am Reply

    Wow – a $60 chili?? Gosh, I hope that mainly from your meat!!
    Rob made delicious (so I here) pulled pork for his birthday and the meat alone was $21 for 3 lb of beef. I can’t think of a veggie that is $7/lb, thank goodness! OK, truffles and the like… and sprouts.. but now I grow my own so they are peanuts.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyways, good luck with your chili contest!

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      Cara — February 19, 2012 @ 10:14 am

      Yup, it was about that same price for 3lbs of boneless lamb! Other than that, I’m not sure how it got so high… bottle of (cheap) shiraz, dried chilis, a couple butternut squash, and I do splurge on “better” canned beans and boxed tomatoes. And bell peppers can be a little pricey too. I think it’s gonna be really good though!

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    Shannon — February 19, 2012 @ 2:56 pm Reply

    those protein bars do sound pretty good! although i haven’t felt the need for bars recently… they’re always nice to have in my drawer at work just in case ๐Ÿ˜‰ would love to attend nourished, i just don’t know if it’s in the cards ๐Ÿ™

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    Katrina — February 19, 2012 @ 9:37 pm Reply

    Keep us posted on your chili cook-off!

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    Kate — February 20, 2012 @ 6:29 am Reply

    Good luck in the chili cookoff!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — February 22, 2012 @ 10:28 pm Reply

    Those bars sound fantastic! I feel like I’ve heard of them but I don’t know where from ๐Ÿ™‚ The stats look great and I love that they are all natural (a requirement for me).

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