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Rise and Shine With These Gluten-Free Nutrition Bars

Now that my mom has gone gluten-free (and to be honest, I tend to feel better when I avoid gluten, too), I’m much more on the lookout for foods with the GF label on them. And there seem to be more and more of them—thankfully—these days. Recent case in point, Rise Bar, a whole new line of gluten-free and all-natural nutrition bars.

When the company asked if we wanted to try a few of them, I eagerly accepted, thinking we’d get a handful of bars to review (which is usually standard procedure when we review something) and hopefully a new type of protein bar to suggest to my mom for snacks on the go. Well, unlike most protein bars that have just a few flavors, Rise Bar has like 50 flavors. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but there are a lot, and they all have something special about them. There’s Rise Breakfast, Rise Energy+ and Rise Protein+, all of which are vegetarian, Kosher, gluten-free, and do not contain GMOs, preservatives, peanuts or soy. Many of them are also certified organic, vegan and dairy-free options, but you have to check out each one’s label to be sure. So it pretty much took us almost a month to nosh on all of these. You know, someone has to do it…

rise breakfast barRise Breakfast Bar

The Rise Breakfast Bar was previously called Boomi Bar and is made with hearty chunks of fruits and nuts. It kind of reminds me of a Larabar, just with bigger chunks. The breakfast bars contain no trans fat and are 100 percent all-natural and dairy-free. They’re also available in: Crunchy Cashew Almond, Crunchy Cranberry Apple, Crunchy Honey Walnut, Crunchy Macadamia Pineapple and Crunchy Perfect Pumpkin. Of the bunch, my favorites were Crunchy Macadamia Pineapple, which is like a vacation for your mouth, and Crunchy Perfect Pumpkin, which was just like munching on a bunch of pumpkin seeds (if you like that kind of thing—like I do!).

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