Get outside with your g-free kids and LÄRABAR (giveaway, too!)

IMG_5470Get outside?  No one needs to tell us that — we get outside every chance we get —especially in Autumn, our favorite time of year, which doesn’t last nearly long enough…

Did you know that Monday, November 17th is National Take a Hike Day?  If it were up to me, I would dub every Saturday just that. Unfortunately, life and bad weather get in the way far too much, and we end up having to carve out time for exploring new nature trails and hiking areas much less often than we would like to. Our family bond is at its strongest when we are out in the woods together, having left behind all thoughts of homework, upcoming irish dance competitions, electronics, housework, to-do lists, and other distractions.

IMG_5408My dog is usually pulling my husband off ahead, while my daughters and I take our time, usually stopping just about every minute to get a closer look at mushrooms, fungi, acorns, tiny saplings, tree bark patterns, leaves of every shape, size and color, and seemingly every other bit of nature we pass by.

IMG_5518If we hike near any sort of creek or pond, my daughters can’t resist lifting up every rock, in search of crayfish, salamanders, frogs, minnows, dragonfly nymph or whatever creature they can find and manage to hold for a few seconds…

4creaturesOur hikes aren’t the long, arduous ones my husband and I used to take back in Colorado or New Hampshire pre-kids, but our current hikes allow our girls the downtime they need to get their hands dirty, feet muddy and wet, and to just be out in nature and enjoying God’s creations without having to rush.

Knowing we’re going to be outside for hours on end, we have learned to come prepared with plenty of water and g-free snacks. When LÄRABAR recently contacted me to see if I would like to try some samples of their bars and new grain-free granola, it seemed like the perfect chance for our family to sample the rainbow of flavors they offer.

IMG_5325As you may or may not know, I have been grain-free for the past 6 weeks and have never felt better. I have left behind all of the nausea I’d been feeling for months, the accompanying stomach distress, and as a bonus: about 10 pounds as well! I’ve never felt healthier — along with less bloated, much less gassy and so much cleaner in my diet.  The “old me” would have packed up a few Diet Dr. Peppers, juice boxes and bags of Cheetos & Doritos for a roadtrip (no lie) but the “new me” only craves healthy, whole foods & clean eating. Since I’m the one packing this stuff, the rest of my family benefits as well.

IMG_5332LÄRABAR is the absolute perfect fit with my new healthier lifestyle, as their products are made from quality stuff and the best ingredients we can put into our bodies. Although these bars seem like they are a modest size, they really pack a punch when you consider how filling they are, and how much protein, vitamins and long-lasting energy they provide. Perfect for that extra fuel my family and I often need on our hikes.

IMG_5339Each LÄRABAR contains 1/4 cup of fruit or more, and they’re made from whole foods which makes them perfect for g-free snacking on the go. Check out all of the many different flavors on their product page. So far our favorites in the following order are: Banana Bread, Key Lime Pie, Cherry Pie and Blueberry Muffin, but we have a bunch left to try still. Previously I had only tried LÄRABAR a few times years ago, back before I was thinking about what I was eating and too cheap to pay for the good stuff. But, thankfully, I have matured and learned to care much more about my diet, and prefer to buy minimally processed foods with the shortest ingredient lists nowadays. Take our favorite LÄRABAR flavor for instance, made from just bananas, almonds and dates:

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And as it turns out, LÄRABAR’s founder, Lara Merriken, came up with “a mountain of an idea back in 2000: to combine wholesome ingredients such as fruits and nuts to create a food product that’s tasty, healthy and convenient.” All of LARABAR’s products are made from 100% real and wholesome ingredients. Everything they offer is g-free, non-GMO and Kosher, with most everything being soy-free, dairy-free, and vegan as well.

IMG_5348Besides being able to sample all of these bars, you can imagine how psyched I was (yes, there is still an 80’s girl inside of me) when I discovered that they also have a new grain-free granola called RENOLA. It comes in 3 flavors – Berry, Cinnamon Nut and Cocoa Coconut — and is a tasty mix of fruits, nuts and seeds.

IMG_5345After trying our samples, we were hooked — especially me, since I’m not eating grains right now, including g-free grains. I love all three flavors and really appreciate how small the pieces are, so I don’t feel like I’m going to break a tooth like I do with other g-free granolas. I also love the individual serving size bags, which contain the perfect amount of RENOLA to give that long-lasting energy needed for dance, sports, or a hike. You can bet that RENOLA will be on my grocery list over and over again, no doubt…

IMG_5358I was really impressed by all of these products, and LÄRABAR has definitely become my go-to brand for g-free snacking on the go. They are so easy to take on family hikes, or to just toss in my bag in case I get hungry when I’m out and about so I can stay on my grain-free diet and keep feeling good 24/7.


As a special offer for you (on top of this awesome giveaway) LÄRABAR is giving gfreekid.com readers $0.50 off the purchase of any LÄRABAR. Get your coupon here. don’t know where to get em? find out here.


Remember: Monday, November 17th is National Take a Hike Day. Join me and LÄRABAR by getting outside with your g-free kids and enjoying the gorgeous fall weather in your neck of the woods. Trust me: you and your kids will be glad you did.  You can join in on the conversation by hashtaggin’ #getoutside and #eatclean.

IMG_5380Want to win a LÄRABAR Prize Pack?

Is all this talk about LÄRABARs, RENOLA and hiking making you hungry?

Here’s your chance to win an awesome prize pack from LÄRABAR, including a variety pack of 16 assorted LÄRABARs and all three flavors of RENOLA.  All you have to do is answer the following 2 questions and comment below with your answers…(anyone failing to do the following will not qualify to win.)

(1) Leave a comment on this post with the LÄRABAR flavor and RENOLA flavor you’re most interested in trying (take a quick look at the product page before you answer) and (2) how we have inspired you to #getoutside and #eatclean with your g-free kid and LÄRABAR!  Couldn’t be easier to enter!  🙂

Open to 18+ year old U.S. residents only. Randomly chosen winner will be picked Monday, Nov. 10th at midnight & will be given 24 hours to respond before being replaced by another winner.

Thanks to LÄRABAR for sponsoring this post and giveaway, and for fueling this hike and many in the future. HONEST opinions are completely from me and my family. 

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23 thoughts on “Get outside with your g-free kids and LÄRABAR (giveaway, too!)

  1. I would really like to try Blueberry Muffin Larabars and Cocoa Renola! Both look delicious. You have inspired me to #getoutside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Often times I get caught up in my schedule, but it is important to get out and enjoy nature. Thanks!

  2. I have never seen the banana bread larabar! I am so excited to try it. I would also like to try the cocoa renola. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. I would love to try the banana bread bar. Haven’t seen the granolas yet. Will definitely keep my eyes out for them!

    Love individually wrapped snacks! Perfect for outings of all kinds. Your pictures make me want to find a mountain to hike. It was 85 degrees here today. (Sigh)

  4. I would love to try the lemon bar and cocoa renola. These looks great!! You have made me want to get out there and run in the beautiful weather and through the leaves!

  5. I would love to try the Cinnamon Nut Renola and the Cherry Larabar. It’s always a good reminder to take time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather with a nature walk. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I want to try Pumpkin Pie, since my current favorite is Snickerdoodle. I also want to try Peanut Butter and Chocolate since it is made from my two favorite ingredients of all time!It inspires to be healthy because there is not a better raw and gluten free snack food!

  7. I would love to try the Banana Bread and the Cinnamon Nut Renola! You have inspired me to go out and play in the leaves with my gfree son!

  8. 1. We have never tried a Larabar or Renola bar before but after reading this I definitely want to give them a try for my family! I’m interested in trying the Banana bread Larabar and the Berry Renola bar. My daughter who is celiac loves banana bread and berry flavor so these two would be perfect to try.
    2. After reading your post you inspired me to want to get my G free kid outside more with me to get exercise that she (and I) so desperately can use and really need. Especially in this time of year, which is my favorite, it’s the perfect chance to take in the beautiful fall weather and nature. I need to let her get her little hands dirty in the beauty of nature!

    • Tracy, you’re our randomly drawn winner. Please check your email and get back to me ASAP w/ your mailing address within 24 hours so I don’t have to pick someone else. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. I would have to pick the banana bread flavor because my kids love baking( and eating) banana bread and the cocoa granola. The post inspired me to simply slow down! Get outside and enjoy the little things!!

  10. I would love to try the cinnamon nut Renola & as of the bars….yum, soooo many to choose from I think I’d start with carrot cake.
    You have inspired me to eat more clean, trying to eat grain free also. We love the autumn weather for trail walking…so many colors.

  11. I would love to try the Apple Pie flavor and the Pumpkin Pie Larabar sounds delicious! Looking at the girls enjoying nature has inspired me to go out hiking and looking at nature too!

  12. Pumpkin pie Lara bars, from the seasonal selection, which our local grocer has sold out of, are amazing. And I would choose the cinnamon nut Renola. Yum!

  13. Peanutbutter chocolate chip & Cocoa Coconut
    I love following you and your girls. I have 3 boys, the oldest (and pickiest) was diagnosed with celiac almost 4 years ago and I love getting recipes and pointers from another mom that are child friendly & good for you. Your posts inspire me to just sit back and take a break from our busy lives; ride bikes with the kids, take a walk, decorate our entire driveway with chalk; anything. Family time is more important than our crazy schedules. Thanks again for all you do.

  14. I want to try the key lime bar and coconut granola. Your fall looks so pretty that I want to go out in it. If it stops raining here I just might 😊

  15. The banana bread bar sounds amazing. I love hikes in the fall as long as it’s not raining and cold like it is today.

  16. My kids love the chocolate chip cookie dough bars and I’m sure they would love the cocoa coconut renola bars. They love to go hiking too. So thanks for reminding me that we need to be sure we do that this fall.

  17. I love Coconut Cream Pie but would love to try Key Lime Pie next. Larabar inspires me to go hiking because of the option to fuel myself with nourishing foods on the go 🙂

  18. Ok, I would like to try the Banana Bread and Snickerdoodle Larabar and maybe the Cashew Cookie one too. I also want to go hiking after seeing those awesome fungis and creatures! Nice Blog….cute kids!!!

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