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Food Find: Chia Bars

We received samples recently from Health Warrior, a small company founded by two athletic guys, who are spreading the love of chia seeds. And not those chia seeds (Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!), rather the edible and good for you version. Yes, there is more to do with Chia Seeds than grow a Chia Scooby Doo. They are a great source of vegan and gluten free friendly protein, fiber and even iron! I know, crazy talk and all…but consider it at least. They are quite good! And even better, Health Warrior is soon bringing out Chia Bars, a 100 calorie bar that is full of heart healthy Omega 3’s.

Each bar is 25 grams or a shy .9 of an ounce. 100 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 35 mg sodium (yay!), 3grams fiber and 3 grams protein with only 4 grams sugar (that is good!).

The bars have the scent of sesame oil oddly enough but not the flavor. The smell is pleasing, the taste is a wow moment. It is easy to think chia seeds will be weird (kind of like eating flax seed really, once you get over the weird factor it is great). The ingredients are:

“organic chia seed, organic oats, brown rice syrup, organic peanut butter, organic whole grain brown rice crisps, organic agave syrup, brown rice syrup solids, natural peanut extract, organic cocoa powder, peanut flour, organic vanilla extract, sea salt”

The bars are thin and flexible. Not sticky, those with dental work can enjoy it but do mind the seeds if you have braces. The brown rice crisps are tasty (think if you could have a good for you Crunch type bar that didn’t leave you jittery after) and the little chia seeds pop. Did I mention tasty?

There isn’t any strong flavor – which is nice, just a mellow chocolate and light nut. No fake or overly sweetened flavor. It is mellow and tasty. You don’t feel sugared out nor salted out when done. Once these get out to the market (very soon according to the companies Facebook page) these will be a great bar to add to your snack bag.

Health Warrior also carries 1 lb bags of whole chia seeds online and on Amazon (they are a Prime shipping eligible item as well) Health Warrior Premium Chia Seeds, 16-Ounce Pouch. We were sent a bag of their chia seeds to try out and I will be working on some chia seed recipes in the near future, which will be posted on my personal blog, Gazing In. (Don’t worry, I will post links on our Facebook page when I do!)

~Sarah

FTC Disclaimer: We received review samples for potential product review.

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