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Health Warrior Chia Bars Giveaway + North Coast Fun!

Posted Feb 20 2013 2:14am

It is always so hard getting back into the swing of things after a nice long weekend away. We had a relaxing weekend on the north coast celebrating my husband’s birthday and Valentine’s Day, while Keenan stayed with my in-laws. It was weird to be away from Keenan for so long (our first time leaving him for more than 2 nights), but it was good to have some much needed adult time with my husband and be able to sleep-in. I still can’t believe we slept in past 9:30 a.m. everyday! Drew’s best friend, Peter, also joined us for part of the weekend and it was fun to catch up with him, since we hadn’t seen him in a long time. In looking back at the weekend, we really didn’t do too much, not even a workout (which was nice!); we sat on the porch that looks out to the ocean and read, watched movies (Finally seeing, “Iron Lady!”) and cooked. We enjoyed lots of good food (too much, rather!) including grilled turkey, roasted bell pepper and brie paninis, roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts, panzanella, and guacamole and chips.  We also enjoyed  Cafe Bon  every morning, as well as lots of popcorn and chocolate! Oh, I can’t forget, we did make our traditional visit to  Franny’s Cup and Saucer  for some tasty treats (sorry, we devoured everything before I could take a picture).

Our big bowl of homemade guacamole! It was SO good!

Our big bowl of homemade guacamole; it was SO good!

Keenan had a wonderful time with Grandpa and Grandma. Though the transition was a little rough when we picked him up yesterday (he was happy to see us, but he started crying and saying he didn’t want to leave and then he did, etc,), he certainly enjoyed himself. On our drive home after picking him up, we asked about his weekend and all of the things that he did. He told us about all of the tractors he saw with Grandpa (including naming all of them i.e. John Deere, Case and Caterpillar), feeding the neighbor’s horses, picking oranges, doing art with Grandma, eating pancakes and visiting with my in-law’s  friends. All, in all, he had a fun-filled weekend that left him pretty tried (in a good way). He was SO tired going down for his nap today!

Now, onto Health Warrior Chia Bars !

Health Warrior Chia Bar Boxes

Since I love Chia seeds and eat them everyday in my breakfast, I was very intrigued when I read about Health Warrior. I decided to contact them, and they gladly sent me a generous package with a variety of their bars to try. If you aren’t familiar with  Chia seeds , they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart healthy (protects against heart disease), full of fiber and also help to reduce inflammation.

The cute package I received from Health Warrior!

The cute package I received from Health Warrior, as well as tasting the coconut flavor!

Heath Warrior was founded by two former NCAA Division 1 Athletes, Dan Gluck and Nick Morris, who discovered Chia seeds and the wonderful health benefits they have, after learning about the Tarahumara Indians in the book, “Born to Run.” The Tarahumara Indians consumed great amounts of Chia seeds in their diet on a daily basis and would run up to a hundred miles barefoot. Dan and Nick, both very interested, did further research on Chia seeds and developed an easy way to consume them by creating a 100-calorie super nutritious bar that comes in three flavors: Coconut, Acai Berry and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Each bar is gluten-free and contains all natural ingredients, including agave syrup for sweetness, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Chia Bar Acai Berry I’m not much of a “snack bar” fan, as I would rather snack on whole foods such as nuts or fruit and most of the bars that I have tried,  don’t taste that great. When I first tried Health Warrior’s bar, tasting the chocolate peanut butter flavor first, I was pleasantly surprised! Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t exactly taste like a real scoop of peanut butter with a piece of chocolate, but it did come close! The bar had “hints” of chocolate and peanut butter. In addition, I liked the grainy texture and chewiness of the bar (something that other bars lack). I prefer soft and chewy bars (if I’m going to have one) and Health Warrior’s bars are definitely that! The acai berry flavor is also good, with a nice hint of berry, but to he honest, I’m not a fan of the coconut. The coconut bar contained too much coconut for my taste.

Overall, I liked the bars and they are a great, healthy snack for when you are on the go. I like that they only cost you 100 calories, so they won’t break the “calorie bank,” if you are watching your calories. They are also a perfect snack for kids, as Keenan loved them! His favorite flavor is chocolate peanut butter. You can find the bars at Whole Foods , or you can buy them directly from Health Warrior .

Since Health Warrior was so generous, they offered to send one lucky reader a box of their bars, too!

Here is how to enter

*Disclaimer: I received all samples for free and all opinions are my own.

 

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