In 2016, our home had some major changes food wise. What used to be an exclusive wheat, dairy, egg, tree nut, peanut and soy free house has slowly opened to some of the top 8 allergens. While all tree nuts, peanuts and soy are still a NO-NO, wheat, egg and some dairy products are now welcomed once again.
Why the change? Well, some of the kids have outgrown some of their allergens and our allergist suggested to slowly add these food in their diet. Since their reactions occur upon ingestion only, the kids knew the drill and food restrictions no longer cause extreme hurt feelings, I agreed.
This change has gave way to more new brands of food coming to our home. One of the products that caught our family’s attention last year was the Heart Bars by Corazonas.
More than just a quick tasty treat, these Heart Bars are actually meant to be good for the heart as well. It’s made with nonGMO ingredients, loaded with wholesome fiber, made with whole grain rolled oats, low in sodium and contains plant sterols that help lower bad cholesterol.
My husband currently has high cholesterol. So on top of managing the children’s allergies, I also have to watch out for sugar, salt and fat intake of our family. Did I mention that we are a foodies too?
Anyway, after my husband, Child#1 (she outgrown all her allergies) and I tried these Heart Bars, we all agreed that these bars are one of the best tasting ones we’ve had.
The texture is similar to a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie. It is also moist and not overpoweringly sweet. When heated in the microwave for about 10 seconds, it tastes like something fresh out of the oven. I enjoy paring it with my morning coffee for breakfast or tea for an afternoon snack. Because it is loaded with fiber, a bar helps me stay full for hours.
While the Heart Bars are made primarily of oats and do not have any gluten containing ingredients, it is NOT gluten free. Why? It was not certified (a requirement by the FDA to use the “gluten free” in the labels remember?). Also, according to their website, their facility also manufactures products that contain wheat, barley, rye, peanuts and tree nuts.
Also, the Heart Bars contain egg whites, whey protein (dairy) and soy lecithin. Two flavors also contain walnuts and macadamia nuts.
I know. If they only they took the extra effort to make it gluten free, the Heart Bar could have been perfect. (That’s a big hint!)
Normally, I don’t host a giveaway if a product isn’t free of all the ingredients my children are allergic too. But this time, I’m making an exception. I found out that many you my readers also do not have food restrictions like me. We are the caretakers of the children with allergies.
Since this 2017 is the Year of Me, I’m dedicating this giveaway to all you hardworking moms. After all, you all need a healthy treat too.
Just do the steps below to get entries for a Sampler Pack of Heart Bars. Open to all US residents, 18 years old and up. Hurry giveaway ends on Feb. 1, 2017 11:59 pm EST.
(Note: This is a sponsored post. See my full disclosure here.)
It is good to move around and exercise, with a good diet, for heart disease control.
I like to run and eat better, all the time, to avoid problems with my heart.
I watch what I eat and walk everyday to keep heart disease at bay.
I control heart disease with a good diet and exercise.
Heart disease is a problem; so, I get tested regularly, eat right and get around everyday.
I exercise and watch my diet.
I eat homemade foods.
My son has a heart transplant so we try to eat right for good health and put limits on items that are not so great
Im eating better and drink lots of water. I take aspirin 81mg daily.I have mobility problems but I still walk to to get my mail three times a wk. Im always looking for snacks that are heart healthy.Thank you for the chance
I try to exercise and eat right!
I try walking a lot
I try to eat healthy.
We eat very little meat, drink lots of water, stay active and laugh a lot:)
I try to always bake my food and avoid frying food to protect my family’s hearts. I am also making an effort to walk more and more for my heart.
I’m a vegetarian and I exercise frequently (plus just try to walk throughout the day, use the stairs, etc.)
I exercise to keep my heart healthy.
I am trying to drink more water to stay hydrated and keep from drinking sodas.
I eat healthy and exercise five days a week!
I watch what I eat and exercise (although not as much as I should)
I exercise to make my heart healthy.
I take a low dose aspirin everyday, also take good and bad cholesterol medications.
Try to eat healthy foods, most of the time.
I try to eat healthy and exercise.
I walk. Need to do so more often though!
I do yoga and some HIIT to keep my heart healthy.
Go for a long walk daily
Exercise every other day
That sounds fun. What’s your favorite exercise?
We eat lots of healthy fruits and vegetables.
I try to eat healthy and exercise 4-5 days a week.
I eat 5 salads per week
I exercise and eat a healthy diet.
I prepare all my own meals and exercise at least a few times a week.
I limit my saturated fat intake.
I walk and try to eat a healthy diet
I make my heart healthy by trying to eat properly and getting exercise.
I eat nuts and drink lots of water.
I love nuts too. The protein makes me full longer. Too bad, I can’t have it at home due to the kids’ allergies. What’s your favorite nut?
I try to avoid trans fats as much as I can.
One way I make my heart healthy is to cook with olive oil.
I walk daily, drink lots of water, and eat plenty of veggies.
I do water aerobics 4 to 5 days a week this gets me moving.
Wow! I haven’t tried water aerobics but I’ve seen some do it. It looks so fun.
i run around with my kids in my classroom, then they can know its important to stay active too
That’s so much fun. I bet you’re the best teacher ever.
I try to excercise a few times a week to keep my heart healthy and avoid fatty fried foods