As I've mentioned before, chia seeds have been around for centuries and grow primarily in Central and South America. They became popular in the running community through the book Born to Run as the chia seed was described as the dietary staple of the members of the Tarahumara Indian tribe, providing long-lasting nutrition and the source of the tribe's everlasting stamina.
But you don't have to be a superhuman Tarahumara Indian to get the benefits of these little beauties. They can help with weight loss, regulation of blood sugar levels, gastrointestinal issues, as well as aid in hydration and nutrition for endurance athletes. Chia seeds are loaded with heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and so much more. They are easier to digest than flax seeds, so you can eat them whole. When added to water, they absorb the liquid to create a gel. When eaten, this gel helps control body fluid levels, helping to prevent dehydration. It also helps slow the metabolism of carbohydrates, which means the carbs you eat will fuel you longer. This also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing that horrendous sugar crash.
Now, if you're like me, eating while on the go has become a mainstay in your lifestyle. While it's not ideal, with our busy schedules, it's become a way of life to grab a snack like a portable energy bar. But most bars on the market are high in processed ingredients, fillers, preservatives and other yucky stuff that just aren't good for you and certainly not worth the cost. That is, unless it's a bar from Health Warrior. Health Warrior has an awesome array of healthy chia seed bars that can fuel you when you need it. At 100 calories a bar, you're getting all the benefits of chia seeds in a small, portable package. The bars are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, 100% vegan and 100% delicious. With flavors such as apple cinnamon, acai berry, mango, chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate berry, there's a yummy flavor to suit anyone's palate. Grab one of these bars as part of your breakfast, a good post-run snack or for just a quick bite to eat while on the go.
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