A couple months ago, I was contacted by Kara at Extend Nutrition, who had seen one of my articles in the Free Press. She was wondering if I would try some of their products and write a review on them. I was intrigued and told her to send samples my way. Kara sent more than samples in the great package I got, including a few nutrition bars, two shake packets and a few packages of their crisps. I also got a shaker and a brochure with nutrition information and recipes.
I decided to share some of the products with my dad, as he is both Celiac and a diabetic. Extend Nutrition is supposed to be good for keeping a diabetic person’s sugars stable by limiting low blood sugar reactions.
The first item I tried was a nutrition bar, the peanut butter chocolate. The texture on the nutrition bar was good, had some crisp to it, which is a change from other bars. The flavor on the bar was OK; I thought the chocolate could have been stronger. My dad had the peanut butter bar, which he enjoyed and said he would buy. I also tried the chocolate one and liked the flavor of that one much better.
I was selfish and kept both shakes for myself. I tried the chocolate one first and was very surprised. The flavor was great, and the texture of the shake wasn’t grainy or too thick. I use water in my shakes instead of milk to keep the calories down, so it may have a different flavor or texture with milk. I also tried the vanilla shake, but found the flavor was overpowering.
The only thing left in the box was the drizzles and crisps, which I found were my favorite. I gave my dad the chocolate drizzles and kept the caramel drizzles and cinnamon crisps for myself. Dad enjoyed the chocolate drizzles and I really liked the other flavors. I also liked that these are low in calories, which is perfect for a quick snack. There were just enough in the bag to give you a little bit of sweet for a sweet tooth.
All in all, I found that the Extend Nutrition line is a good one and one that I would recommend to anyone who is gluten-free or diabetic and is looking for good nutrition items. They can be found at many drug stores like Walgreens, Rite Aid as well as grocery stores. Pick one up and try them!
GJ Free Press health columnist Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.