I had the pleasure of trying the new Chia on a Date bar from the Runivore group last month and it’s been on my mind ever since. Chewy, fruity, crunchy, delicious! I’ve attempted to make something similar before in my own kitchen but have never reached the consistency, taste or convenience of this. It also has a variety of natural ingredients that would be a larger effort for me to procure than I am willing to commit.
When I first tried this bar it was in sample form. When I inquired about the ingredients of this delicious health bar for this review they sent me a couple more to try. I opened one this morning, took a bite and couldn’t stop. I’m not going on a run today, just the opposite, as it’s day 1 of race recovery for me. One bite became two, three, four, I had to pause to take some pictures for this article, but even that was difficult. No artificial flavors, it’s a tasty energy bar that I felt good about eating. Besides Monday mornings, where would it fit in my regular running diet? I dug a little further to find out..
The bar is packed with nutritional powerfoods for athletes. The 193 calorie combination of dates, oats, almonds, cranberries, raisins, coconut and, of course, chia, provides a steady output of energy. The Omega 3’s reduce inflammation while the protein assists in quick recovery. Anti-oxidants such as the ones in this bar have been found to reduce the risk of falling sick during times of high oxidative stress such as intense training, or marathon and ultra-marathon recovery. The bar does not contain the quick releasing sugars notorious in energy gels, but rather provides the stamina required by endurance athletes, and Mondays. I’ll be adding it to my pre and post long-run foods as well as to my ultra-trail backpack.