chia bars

So I’m training for this marathon. My fourth marathon, to be precise.

And whereas during my past training seasons, I was totally anal retentive about eating something EXACTLY ONE HOUR AND NOT A MINUTE LATER (OR ELSE HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE) before I was supposed to run or workout, this time around I all too often find myself scrambling for something to fuel myself with literally minutes before I should be heading out the door.

Apparently, I’ve gotten jaded and lazy.

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And then I received a package filled with chia bars in the mail. Let’s just say my pre-workout fuel habits may never be the same again.

The package from Health Warrior was filled with four fabulous chia bar flavors – acai berry, coconut, apple cinnamon, and banana nut (and FYI, they also come in coffee and chocolate peanut butter). They are kind of like chewy flavored date bars but with crunchy bits of chia in every bite. My personal favorite was the coconut, as it really had a good dose of tropical flavor, but the banana nut and apple cinnamon were pretty spot on as well. I have no idea what acai berry is supposed to taste like, but it was quite fruity and just tasted like generic berry to me.

Each Health Warrior chia bar is between 100-110 calories, and is jam-packed with 1000 mg of Omega-3’s, 4 grams of fiber, AND 4 grams of protein. Not to mention that they’re vegan, all-natural, low in sugar, and soy-free. #Winning.

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And then…something crazy happened. These bars lifted me out of my jaded and lazy funk and gave me so much energy that I felt compelled to do something with them other than just eating them grab-and-go fashion. It was crazypants.

For example…one could cut up an apple cinnamon chia bar and toss it over a fruit of your choice and some greek yogurt. Yum.

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Or you could smear an acai berry chia bar with a serious dose of peanut butter for a makeshift PB+J!

No bread = no guilt when you make your PB smear extra big. Just saying.

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And then I may have totally turned ice cream into breakfast by adding a chia bar to the mix. #nojudgment #ilikethewayithink

In short, there are endless ways to incorporate chia bars into your life. And I highly recommend you do it.

For more info on chia bars, healthy living tips, and more fun ideas for getting chia into your life, be sure to follow Health Warrior on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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39 Responses to Ch-,Ch-,Ch-, Chia Bars!

  1. Thanks, now I will have that jingle running through my head all day!

  2. These look and sound great, Joanne. If I ever get my running shoes back on in earnest I must give them a try! Thanks for the post!

  3. Chewthefat says:

    Congrats on training for your fourth marathon! You go, girl! I average about 40-50 miles per week and usually fuel up beforehand with a small piece of cheese or nuts. I used to run on an empty stomach but I think I run much better having had some fuel beforehand.

  4. Blond Duck says:

    I just bought some of these to try- great minds think alike!

  5. Interesting ways to use up those bars!

  6. Yum! I love chia, these seem great, can’t wait to go out and grab ‘em. I love the ice cream idea especially. :)

  7. I want some or ALOT of them! Great ideas on how to use them too! Good luck in the marathon! Run a mile for me:)

  8. I love that you highlighted these guys- they have seriously eliminated my hanger in some desperate situations! Like, being stuck underground on a subway train around lunchtime with my stomach growling and blood sugar plummeting. And they’re so small and perfect to carry around! Love the idea of chia bars and ice cream, I’m absolutely trying that :)

  9. Love chia seeds! These bars look like something I would totally enjoy too.

  10. SallyBR says:

    It certainly beats those disgusting gels that I used to force myself to eat before (and during) long runs.

    Gotta check those out – I have a bag of chia seeds in the freezer – would you consider trying to make these bars from scratch at some point and sharing the recipe? (ha! how about that for making someone else do all the work? ;-)

  11. Ooooh, these look so good! Totally want to give them a try!

  12. I am DYING to try these!
    And they have coconut too!
    Another marathon for you?
    Take care of those knees girl, please.
    Use that KT Tape–it’s changed my life.

  13. Pam says:

    Thanks – now I have the chia pet song in my head!

    Congrats on training for another marathon – you rock my friend!

  14. veganmiam says:

    Wow, these chia bars are something I would love to bring with me on the flights! What a cute post title!

  15. Amy says:

    *high five* on the coconut. If I eat them, will they make me want to run a marathon? Bwahahahaha.

  16. Kate says:

    What a fun package to receive in the mail!

  17. Oooh, these look good! It’s always hard to find a good, low cal energy bar. I’ll have to be on the lookout for these babies!!

  18. I need to give these a try. I’ve been looking to incorporate more protein into my diet and this sounds like a great way to do that.

  19. these look good! i’ll check ‘em out :)

    p.s. i’m training for marathon #4 too!

  20. Megan says:

    I love how creative you got with the bars!

  21. These look amazing, how I wish I could get them here!
    And good luck with your training, girl :)

  22. These sound delicious! Must find in Canada!

  23. Kelster says:

    Ice cream for breakfast? I like the way you think too.

  24. I have never tried those bars or anything with chia as a matter of fact. But you sparked my interest!
    and love the creative ideas to making the bar useful.

  25. Tracey says:

    Haha, I love that you threw one in a bowl with ice cream! Would you believe I still haven’t tried chia seeds? I’ve gotta get on it!

  26. gloria says:

    love these bars look amazing!

  27. Looks really yummy Joanne..I love the icecream with the bar..Love all your options.

  28. Christine says:

    Running your fourth marathon, amazing! I really like your idea of crumbled chia bars on fruit and yogurt. I’ll have to hunt these down.

  29. Colynn says:

    These look awesome. Thanks! I already looked up the closest place I can get them. These are going to definitely be a staple in my home from now on. :)

    PS: That’s awesome that you’re on your 4th marathon! You’re definitely an inspiration!

  30. These sound like the perfect marathon training fuel…or just the perfect fuel ;) And how exciting about your 4th marathon – good luck with the preparations!

  31. I need a stash of these in my desk for when I NEED to eat and cannot wait for the kettle to boil :)

  32. Barbara says:

    Good luck with the marathon!
    The bars look great and I love your inventiveness.

  33. grace says:

    okay, so i still haven’t even tasted a single chia seed. what’s wrong with me?
    will you be getting one of those oval bumper stickers after you complete the race? it occurs to me that you probably don’t have a car on which to put it! :)

  34. I still need to try chia seeds! these bars sound so good, and I love the idea of eating it with fruit and yogurt!

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