SOYJOY gluten free bars

I recently discovered SOYJOY bars, which are not only a nutritious snack, but are also very tasty and suitable for those of us on a gluten free diet for those times when you don't feel like cooking your own gluten free snacks.

The bars contain all natural ingredients such as real fruit and whole soy, which is non-genetically modified (non GMO). Maltodextrin is listed as an ingredient but the company assured me that it is derived from corn, not wheat.

The soy beans are toasted and then ground into soy flour, which contains calcium (for healthy teeth and bones), iron, potassium, magnesium and folic acid (vital if you are pregnant) as well as fiber. The protein component is needed by your body to build and repair muscles. Nothing artificial is added to these bars!

This makes them ideal if, in addition to being gluten free, you follow a vegetarian lifestyle, although they do contain milk and eggs. In fact, did you know that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that all of us should be eating more plant based foods, even if we don't want to give up meat entirely?

Are you trying to count the calories? If so, you will be delighted to find out that each bar contains just 130-140 calories, so it won't break the diet, unlike other snack foods.

If you are keeping to a low carbohydrate eating plan, and therefore looking for low GI foods, SOYJOY bars will also fit the bill. If you are diabetic, each bar is equivalent to 1 carb unit, half a protein exchange and 1 fat exchange.

You won't be spoiled for choice either! There are seven different varieties, including my favorites - pineapple, banana, strawberry and blueberry.

I have taken to having a bar in the mornings, for breakfast, and I manage to get through till lunch before my tummy reminds me it is time to eat again. This is because the ingredients are digested slowly, providing a gradual and lasting rise in blood sugar levels rather than an enormous sugar rush that results in cravings!

I work from home, but if you have to travel they are ideal for popping in your pocket to eat on the way to, or at, the office. If you like to visit the gym they also make an idea pre, or post, workout snack.

The bars are available in stores throughout the USA or you can order Soyjoy from Amazon.


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