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Think Bars Hit the Spot

June 4th, 2008 by Brooke

For years, Brandi has said it best: DC girls are “gals on the go” and need big purses to carry all their gear. For a long time, before I adopted a gluten-free lifestyle, when I needed a meal in my purse, I grabbed an Odwalla bar or a ZonePerfect bar. Now, I find or fear that most bars contain malted something or straight-up wheat flour so I avoid them whenever possible. Occasionally, still, I will eat a Peanut Butter Crunch ZonePerfect bar which is a risky little thing to do because the ingredients are hard to decipher. What’s more, ZonePerfect bars and PowerBars tend to be expensive. Adrian just paid upwards of $2 EACH for PowerBars at Harris Teeter this week.

Enter my new favorite Wegman’s find: Think bars. These meal and snack bars are made of organic ingredients and actually labeled “gluten free” right on the cute little wrapper. They have low sugar and absolutely no trans fat. What’s more, they are usually under $1.75/each, depending on which variety you choose. So far I have tried three:

The first was the fruit and nut snack bars called Think Organic (blue wrappers). I like these mid-morning or crumbled into my vanilla yogurt for a breakfast.

Second was Think Green bars (green wrappers) that contain “superfood” or greens like broccoli and alfalfa – they have unexpected twists like chocolate chips so you can eat one for a late afternoon snack with a coffee and trick yourself into candy-bar satiation.

And, on my quest to find Adrian a high-protein alternative to his $2 PowerBars this week, I discovered Think Thin (khaki wrappers) for 1.39 at Trader Joes. This is a 20g of protein bar that is under 240 calories and has a mere 150mg of sodium. I had one for lunch today and it wasn’t as tasty as the others I’ve tried but it was JUST as tasty as a $2 PowerBar.

As of the time of post, on the Think Products web site, if you order 6 boxes, you get two free.

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