Healthier in ’17: Low-FODMAP Happy Bars #Giveaway

Millions of Americans suffer from digestive issues and IBS. An apple a day does not keep the doctor away for them, but gives them bloating and digestive problems. Fortunately, there’s hope. Studies show that 70 to 80 percent of people can improve or eliminate their IBS symptoms by following a low-FODMAP diet.

What’s a FODMAP? FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates that many people have trouble digesting, which can lead to digestive problems. See the acronym and its components HERE.

Low-FODMAP Foods via Rachel Pauls Food

Dr. Rachel Pauls, a board-certified surgeon follows a low-FODMAP food plan to eliminate her IBS symptoms. She started making healthy FODMAP bars when she could not find convenient and tasty FODMAP foods for on the go. She calls them Happy Bars and they carry her FODMAP seal of approval!

Happy Bars come in four flavors. They are Peanut Chocolate Euphoria, Peanut Maple Pleasure, Chocolate Chip Delight and Orange Chocolate Ecstasy.

When I received some to try, I posted about them on Instagram. My friend Kristen follows a low FODMAP diet and asked if they were good. I offered her one of each flavor to try in exchange for her feedback.

Here’s what she said:

Thanks again for the samples of Happy Bars. I’m always excited to find new FODMAP-friendly treats! I finally got around to trying all four flavors and put them to the test in different ways. Here’s a short synopsis.

All-in-all, I will be buying Happy Bars! I had high hopes and they did not disappoint.

The first flavor I tried was the one I had the highest expectations for, but it ended up being my least favorite! The Peanut Maple Pleasure was pretty dry and not very flavorful. It didn’t cause me any issues on my run (I had it for a pre-workout breakfast). But it didn’t wow me. Onto the next flavor.

The Peanut Chocolate Euphoria was a clear winner! I had it workouts and it satisfied my hunger and gave me energy for a brick run pat-bike. It was the best consistency of all of them – moist, flavorful and filling.

I wasn’t sure about the orange chocolate flavor. The first bite was a little strange, but I ended up really liking its unique flavor. I’ve never had an energy bar with orange and chocolate in it before, but I’d definitely get it again. I had this bar as a midday snack and it kept me full through my afternoon workout. I was very surprised by that. And, still no GI issues with any of the bars.

The last bar I tried was the Chocolate Chip Delight. This bar had a good consistency and flavor. I had it about an hour before an afternoon bike  ride. I did have some GI issues, but I’m guessing the bar wasn’t to blame. I blame the blueberry muffin I ate at work!

My favorite thing about the bars is that all of the flavors are fair game for FODMAPers! It’s so frustrating having to scour labels at the grocery store and pick apart every item because different flavors of a product you like have different ingredients. I trust this company and their commitment to being FODMAP-free! If even buy the one I didn’t like again because I know it won’t cause me issues.

I tried several flavors and I found that they were not as flavorful as some of my usual energy bar faves. That said, as Kristen said, they are great for people with digestive issues who follow a low FODMAP diet. There is no guessing or testing needed to know that these bars will work. The bars sat well in my stomach and are filling.

Want to try low-FODMAP Happy Bars? I’ll send 3 winners each a sampler of all four flavors. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years of age or older and is void where prohibited. The giveaway runs through February 16. A winner will be selected and notified on February 17.

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In the mean time, you can get Happy Bars at Rachel Pauls Food online. Sign up for their newsletter to get 20% off of your first order. You can also keep up with Rachel Pauls Food on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

Please note: I was provided with this product at no cost in exchange for an honest review and giveaway. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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53 Comments

  1. Christopher Sorel says:

    peanut maple sounds good and not heard of fodmap much. Good idea to restrict sugars though

  2. sheila ressel says:

    I would most like to try the Peanut Chocolate Euphoria. Fortunately, I don’t have to avoid any FODMAP foods.

  3. Renata says:

    I’d like to try the classic chocolate chip delight and I don’t have any particular FODMAP foods.

  4. Georgette Coan says:

    I would try the Peanut Butter Euphoria bar first. I do not follow any FODMAP guidelines, but I love healthy nutritional bars and these sound great.

  5. sarah n says:

    I want to try the orange chocolate ecstasy.

  6. Orange Chocolate Ecstasy sounds like it would be my favorite flavor!

  7. Amy Scott says:

    I’d try the Peanut Butter Euphoria bar- these sound really delicious!

  8. Annmarie says:

    Oooh these look delicious! I would love to give the Chocolate Chip Delight a try!

  9. suzie says:

    peanut chocolate!

  10. Mandi says:

    Chocolate Chip Delight sounds Wonderful! I am currently living a WHole30/Paleo lifestyle while reintroducing certain foods so this would fit perfectly into that diet.

  11. latanya says:

    the orange chocolate ecstasy

  12. paige c says:

    i would try the chocolate chip delight flavor first

  13. Lisa S. says:

    I would try the Peanut Chocolate Euphoria first. You can’t go wrong that combination!

  14. I think Peanut Chocolate Euphoria would be my fave! I don’t avoid any FODMAP foods currently but now I’m thinking I should!

  15. brooke says:

    Sounds yummy. I’ve never heard of these would Love to try the peanut butter pleasure

  16. steph says:

    I probably sound like a broken record, but….maple all the time!

  17. Dee Johnson says:

    The Peanut Maple Pleasure flavor sounds yummy.

  18. Nik says:

    i would try the chocolate chip delight flavor first. I can’t follow any different diet except mine

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  19. Kris I. says:

    I would like to try Chocolate Chip Delight; I try to avoid high fructose corn syrup.

  20. Deb E says:

    The Chocolate Chip Delight flavor sounds like a winner to me. I avoid sugar and currently am listening to the 9 CD set from Gary Taubes: The Case Against Sugar, so I can preach it to others, lol.

  21. Peanut butter chocolate is my middle name! 😀

  22. Becca Z says:

    mmm, Peanut Maple Pleasure first! I avoid onions and garlic, both are FODMAP no no’s.

  23. Stephanie G. says:

    I avoid a lot of foods on the High FodMap list.

    All the Happy Bar flavors sound delicious! I’m sure I’d love them all. This giveaway would be a blessing to win.🤞🏼

  24. Susan P. says:

    The Peanut Chocolate Euphoria sounds like it would be my favorite.

  25. Maryann D. says:

    I would love to try the Peanut Maple Pleasure flavor. I probably do not avoid any FODMAP foods, but I do limit some of them.

  26. Amanda C. says:

    I’m intrigued by the chocolate orange! I have heard of FODMAP but have not tried to follow (or really think about). Maybe something I should be somewhat mindful of when long distance training!

  27. Caroline says:

    Peanut maple?! That sounds like a great combo to me!

  28. Christine says:

    Peanut butter ecstasy! Yum

  29. Amber Ludwig says:

    So funny!! I was diagnosed with IBS last july after a colonoscopy to check for other problems and I was told to do a low fodmap diet…. its so hard though lol!! Gah!! I like so much that Im not supposed to have. So I usually either end up miserable or just skipping meals all together. These bars would be great to try!! The Peanut Chocolate Euphoria sounds like a great first try!!

  30. Steph says:

    I have such a sensitive stomach

  31. wen budro says:

    The chocolate chip delight sounds good. So does the chocolate and orange flavor. I have to be careful with bread and sugar.

  32. Jennifer H. says:

    I would like the Peanut Maple Pleasure. I try to watch what I eat.

  33. Jeanna Massman says:

    The Classic Chocolate Chip Delight sounds delicious!

  34. Laura O. says:

    Chocolate Chip Delight. I do not avoid any FODMAP foods.

  35. Mary says:

    Chocolate chip delight.

  36. Raymond says:

    Chocolate Chip Delight sounds delightful!

  37. Noreen says:

    Chocolate chip delight first, I avoid almost all the sweeteners listed though I can tolerate a little honey

  38. Edye says:

    I’d like peanut chocolate euphoria! I don’t like buttermilk, so I try and avoid that 🙂

  39. Georgiana says:

    Peanut Butter Euphoria sounds lovey. I don’t really follow FODMAP guidelines.

  40. liz l says:

    i would try chocolate chip delight

  41. Lauren says:

    I want to try Orange Chocolate Ecstasy.

  42. rachel jenkins says:

    Peanut maple sounds so amazing and delicious so i would love to try that!

  43. sarah s says:

    I’m most intrigued to try the Orange Chocolate Ecstasy bar first.

  44. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Peanut Chocolate Euphoria sounds so good my son eats gf he has celiacs so he would love them. My daughter who had lymphoma avoids high FODMAP foods now

  45. Arlinda says:

    I am curious about the orange chocolate

  46. Nickie says:

    I would like to try the chocolate chip

  47. Heather says:

    peanut butter euphoria! i don’t follow a low food map diet but i do love the ingredients on these!

  48. Julie G says:

    the orange chocolate sounds good. I don’t really follow a fodmap diet intentionally but after looking at the chart I follow it more than I knew

  49. Fiona N says:

    I am most excited to try the Orange Chocolate Ecstasy first 🙂
    Thank You

  50. Jennifer says:

    Peanut chocolate euphoria is the one I’m MOST excited to try because I know I can’t go wrong with this flavor; however, my interest is peaked for the orange! The chart was very informative and I can’t wait to send it to my brother and sister who have IBS issues. They would love this.

  51. John H. says:

    I’d pick the Peanut Maple Pleasure. I look at the labels.

  52. Danielle says:

    I would love to try the Chocolate chip delight. I avoid beans and milk.

  53. amy guillaume linderman says:

    never heard of FODMAP foods til now. i would love to try the peanut butter euphoria flavor!

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