Grab the Gold

I love meeting new gluten free companies! 

While at the Chicago Gluten and Allergen Free Expo, I had the chance to sit down with Danielle Ontiveros, the founder of Grab the Gold snack bars. Danielle started her business in 1990 when she was only 16 years old. A young high school student, she was prone to skipping breakfast because nothing really sounded good. So, she developed her bars for herself with ingredients she had in her cupboard. She found that others enjoyed them just as much as she did, so she decided to start selling them all the time. 

While talking with Danielle, she talked often about how supportive her mom was in this venture. Her mom was pivotal in those early days, encouraging Danielle when things may not have gone as she thought, always giving her advice, and always encouraging her to never give up. She helped Danielle build a client base, encouraging to start selling to people she knew, and helping her grow her business from there. 

And as someone knowing that she was blessed by others, her company routinely gives a portion of their profits to organizations who are helping others. St. Jude, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and The Wounded Warrior Project are just a few of the groups that Grab the Gold has made donations to. 

Danielle has such great passion and enthusiasm. She spoke about how dedication is the key to success, about the need for courage in all things that we undertake in life, and that you can't let what you DON"T have hold you back from achieving your dreams.

This ideal is where the name Grab the Gold comes from. Danielle wants to encourage everyone to succeed, to be the best you can be. These bars are packed with nutrition to help you get there. With 11 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and less than 200 calories per snack bar, it will give you the carbohydrates you need for energy, but also the protein to keep you satiated so that you can keep going throughout the day. 

These bars are made with organic non-gmo gluten free oats, natural peanut butter, and chocolate. They're free from dairy, trans fats, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup as well. 

Danielle was gracious in sending us a package of her bars before the expo. These bars were a great snack to have while we traveled through the streets of Chicago. When my husband tried them, he felt that they were a great cross between a no bake cookie and a chewy granola bar. Danielle has definitely created a winner! 

Check them out online to order their products. I highly suggest following them on Twitter, as they are always posting the same motivating statements that there company is built on. Between the nutrition of their bars and the daily encouragement, you can make it through anything!