Hi, I'm Kim

Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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AllerEnergy Nutrition Bars: allergy free energy bar (gluten free, vegan, peanut free, tree nut free, corn free, dairy free, egg free, soy free)

Wow, a refined sugar free, corn free, soy free, egg free, dairy free, shellfish free, gluten free, sesame free, peanut free, pumpkin seed free, tree nut free, energy bar actually exists that is relatively low in sugar, doesn't contain a ton of fruit, and is something that I can eat!

Enter AllerEnergy! It is made of puffed crisped rice, puffed millet, puffed amaranth, brown rice syrup, flax seeds, and, depending on the variety, dried fruit or soy-free chocolate bits. I ordered some to have as emergency snacks for my upcoming weekend in Orlando with my family. We'll be on the go a lot, and I decided I wanted something prepackaged and easy. I can't eat most energy/nutrition bars because of my variety of restrictions and allergies. Soy or dairy protein bases don't work, my mild and moderate variety of nut allergies provide some issues, and I'm still avoiding high doses of sugar and fruit, especially dried fruit, while I'm in recovery from the Candida overgrowth. That makes finding a prepackaged, easy quick energy bar pretty much impossible.

While there are some options, like the LaraBar Cashew Cookie, or GoMacro's Cashew Bar, or some of the other raw almond/date bars, I don't feel my body is ready to dive into that kind of sugar concentration yet. Many of those bars pack around 20 or 25 grams of sugar per bar.. Sure, it may be sugar from dates and not cane sugar, but sugar is sugar is sugar. So, I was ELATED to find the AllerEnergy bar online - it is relatively low in sugar - only 7 grams - and still has 3 grams of protein and only about 30 carbs per bar. It contains dried fruit, but not very much, and brown rice syrup is a fairly low glycemic sweetener, so I decided to go for it. Plus, there are absolutely no ingredients that I'm allergic too! Hurrah!

I ordered from Peanut Free Planet, a website that specializes in peanut-free products. I have been peanut free for years, but this was the first time I'd ever been to their site. In addition to being peanut free, many of the items on this website are also free of other common allergens and gluten. I am totally impressed with their service - my order shipped the same day and arrived two days later! I ordered the blueberry and cherry flavors, passing on the chocolate since it contains cane sugar and the apple cinnamon because it contains cinnamon (but both sound delicious!). I also ordered a box of Andean Dream Quinoa-Rice Pasta Fusilli, which I'm excited to try. As a bonus, they sent a cute little single-serving size sample of sunflower seed butter with the order. Nice!

So, how it is? I tried a little bite of the dried cherry flavor and it was chewy, crispy, and had a very good flavor. It looks like bird seed has been pressed into a bar, which made me giggle. My sugar deprived taste buds have become much more sensitive to sweetener than they used to be, so the combination of brown rice syrup and dried cherries tasted very sweet, but very delicious. This bar is a hit!


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