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Health Warrior Chia Bars

I was recently sent a box of Health Warrior Chia Bars to try out.  With each bar containing 1000mg of omega 3s, less than 5 grams of sugar and 110 calories or less, I was definitely intrigued.

health warrior chia barsHealth Warrior was founded by Dan Gluck and Nick Morris; two Division 1 athletes who learned about the amazing power of chia seeds after reading Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run.  Born to Run follows the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico who run up to 100 miles with no shoes and sustained by chia seeds.  After learning about the benefits of chia, the duo created “warrior” bars using the mighty seed.

I’m pretty selective when it comes to these kind of snack bars, but I absolutely loved the Health Warrior Chia Bars.  The bars were flavorful without being too sweet, and I liked that they were lower in fat than some of the other bars on the market.

health warrior chia bar lineupI also loved all of the Health Warrior Chia Bar flavors that I tried, but the coconut and acai were definitely my favorites.  I love all things coconut, and this chia bar was no exception.

All of the bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.  As someone who suffers from a soy allergy, I was happy to see that the Health Warrior Chia Bars were free of any soy protein (they use a plant-based protein instead).

health warrior chia bar openedSince these bars aren’t quite as “dense” as other all-natural snack bars, I found them to be a nice afternoon pick me up during a busy day at work, or a quick snack after a tough workout (I basically inhaled one of these bars after a tough crossfit class).  With 3g of protein and 4g of fiber, these bars are an excellent snack to incorporate into your diet.

Big thanks to Health Warrior for sending me these bars to try!  I’ll definitely be ordering more of these soon.  If you want to check out these bars for yourself, be sure to visit your local Whole Foods or Sprouts Market.

 

Back to Basics at True Food Kitchen

I’ve had my eye on True Food Kitchen since it opened last year, and with a beautiful spring day on the horizon and nothing else on the agenda, I knew it was time for True Food Kitchen and I to formally meet.

True Food Kitchen is an all-green, organic restaurant that uses simple, fresh ingredients in all of their dishes.  Most items on the menu have anywhere from 3-7 ingredients TOTAL and complement each other quite nicely.  The menu is inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid (which you can see here), and proves once and for all that eating healthy does not mean sacrificing flavor.

One of the things I loved most about True Food Kitchen was the bright and airy space.  There’s an outdoor patio that is partially covered/uncovered, a large bar area, a private dining room, and plenty of seating within the restaurant.  Since it was a beautiful day out, I opted to sit on the patio.

True Food Kitchen Patio - LOVED the green chairs

Now let’s talk about the good stuff.  The Food.  As a food allergy sufferer, these types of restaurants with simple basic ingredients are my mecca.  I know exactly what I’m ingesting and don’t have to worry about any allergy after-effects.  I started my meal off with a drink called “The Natural,”  made with agave, ginger, and soda water.

The Natural aka my newest obsession

I normally don’t rave much about drinks (well not nonalcoholic ones anyway), but this drink was superb.  Light, fizzy, refreshing, with that added ginger zing.  It’s the perfect drink on a warm day and I couldn’t get enough.  I even tried to re-create the drink later that weekend at home but it was more of a Ginger Drink FAIL than anything.  I think I need to work on my ginger to soda water ratio…

I wasn’t starving when I arrived at True Food Kitchen, so I kept it simple with the hummus and fresh pita and the turkey burger.  The hummus had some herbs in it which gave it nice flavor, and the pita was warm and delicious (and whole wheat!)

Who doesn't love delicious pita and hummus?

The turkey burger came with provolone cheese, avocado, tomato and a site of sweet potato hash and kale salad.  While the burger was perfectly cooked it seemed to be missing something.  Maybe some herbs or a little spice?  I was still drooling over the hummus when the burger arrived so perhaps I was already slightly biased.  I do think I’d like to try a few other things on the menu before venturing back to the turkey burger, but it is a good choice for someone who doesn’t want a lot of spice with their food.

The turkey burger is blocking the amazingness that is the kale salad

The Kale salad however was pretty epic, and the simplest ingredients ever!  Just kale, lemon, breadcrumbs.  I don’t know what they did to this salad but I gobbled it down.  The sweet potato hash was also pretty decent, but then again I’ll eat anything  involving sweet potatoes.

Overall I was very impressed with True Food Kitchen.  I’m definitely planning on coming back and trying more of the menu (and of course getting another “Natural” drink).  It’s the perfect spot for when you are looking for something that is delicious and nutritious, and equally satisfying.  Oh and it’s just minutes away from the beach – can’t beat that.

True Food Kitchen

451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
P: 949.644.2400