Health Warrior Chia BarsI read about Health Warrior Chia Bars in a newsletter and noted it so I could watch for it when I go shopping at the specialty store. Who can pass it up when the website says, “We started eating Chia every day, on everything. Suddenly we were working out harder, lifting heavier, feeling stronger, and running farther, faster.” The main ingredient in the Health Warrior Chia Bars is … you guessed it … chia.

According to the company’s website, its name means “runner’s food” because the Tarhumara Indians ate it before going on long-distance runs. The small chia bar contains 1000 mg of omega-3, 4g of fiber and 4g of protein.

The chia seeds provides whole-food plant-based protein, which is supposedly easier to digest. It also has amino acids, magnesium, potassium and five antioxidants (Caffeic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid, Myricetin, Quercetin, and Kaempferol). What language are we speaking here? The bar is gluten, dairy and soy free. 100 percent vegan. 100 percent natural.

The company’s website says that eating a chia bar will sustain energy, increase fullness, improve digestion and increase focus.

First pick was the chocolate peanut butter as I love chocolate and peanut butter together in all kinds of things. The soft bar fills your mouth with deep chocolate flavor and your teeth with chia seeds (like having sesame seeds). It’s a good clean bar, but it won’t quench your cravings for sweets. Maybe for chocolate. Notice I haven’t mentioned the peanut butter? That’s because I can’t taste any.

I ate the bar after a workout, so I was hungry and my palate clean. While the bar satisfied the taste buds, it didn’t erase the hunger or give me a boost. I’m not even going to bother with other flavors of the Health Warrior Chia Bars. (Acai Berry, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Coconut and Coffee.) The bars are too small for 100 calories and don’t satisfy.

Word is the chia craze is dying down … so who knows if these will be around longer.

Nutrition: 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 45mg sodium, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugar and 4g protein.