Want to eat a bowl of oatmeal and milk laced with tofu and salmon?
Yeah, me neither.
The nutrient density would be great, but, erm, the taste would be a little odd.
Perhaps a chia bar instead. Check out these facts on chia seeds:
“Ounce-for-ounce, chia seeds have more omega-3s than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, more plant-based protein than tofu, and more calcium than 1% milk, plus magnesium and antioxidants.” (from Health Warrior, our post sponsor)
These little chia bars from Health Warrior passed the test with every member of the family, and in fact, I actually snuck one in the middle of the day the moment they arrived because I was so curious about how they’d taste. (Yes, it was the chocolate peanut butter flavor.) My kids were playing outside; they didn’t know.
I thought it was pretty cool that when my husband and 8-year-old son ran a 5K, I happened to have bars made of chia, called “runners’ food” because it powered “the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico on their legendary 100-mile runs, and before that it fueled Aztec warriors and messengers on their cross-empire journeys.”
Chia is know as a superfood, and many are incorporating it into their diet via smoothies, egg substitutes, and even puddings, I’m a pretty boring chia user myself, mostly forgetting about my bag of chia seeds until I make a smoothies and then tossing in a few tablespoons.
Health Warrior’s chia bars are made mainly of chia seeds, and they come in 6 flavors: chocolate peanut butter, acai berry, coconut, coffee, banana nut, and apple cinnamon.
I’m a little jealous of our giveaway winners today, because I didn’t get to try the 3 brand new flavors (the last 3) and I have a feeling apple cinnamon would be right up my alley. My favorite of the 3 I did try is coconut – made with white chia seeds, it’s not only pretty but also really tasty.
There is one ingredient I’m not crazy about – agave syrup. I’ve never accepted a product review with agave before, because I’ve come down on the side of “it’s too processed.” So many health food products use agave in their products because agave has been marketed as “all natural” so well.
I don’t agree that it’s super natural, but in these bars, I decided to go for it anyway because the main sweetener is brown rice syrup, and agave is pretty far down the list, almost an afterthought. Besides, I know many KS readers disagree with my stance on it. What do you think? Would you buy a product with agave in it as a secondary sweetener?
Health Warrior’s Chia Bars are at least free of soy – tough to find in an energy bar!! They’re also vegan, which doesn’t matter to me, but matters to some, and they have 4-5 g of sugar per bar, equivalent to one teaspoon sugar.
THREE winners will receive an assortment of Health Warrior Chia Bars (two bars each of all six flavors), a $20 value.
And a COUPON for you: Use the code KS15 for 15% off purchases through www.healthwarrior.com, expires August 31st.
Last Week’s Winner
Miss Kathrine DiBello is a very happy girl today, because she won the gorgeous handcrafted wooden spoon set from Polder’s Old World Market! Don’t forget that if you mention you’re from KS in the comments, you get a free small crocus spoon (so cute, value $25!).
Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via a Rafflecopter form, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). This is actually quicker for you if you go for extra entries.
There are 10 possible entries! Here’s what you can do to win:
- *Mandatory entry: Visit the shop at healthwarrior.com and choose your favorite chia bar flavor.
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Remember, comments here DO NOT COUNT. You must use the Rafflecopter form.
I will use the Rafflecopter, powered by random.org’s integer generator, to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday August 8th and I’ll post the winners the following week.
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
Disclosure: I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to participate with sponsors in this way. See my full advertising disclosure here.
Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by Health Warrior 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.