Chia seeds are one of the key ingredients in many of Health Warrior’s superfood bars, so let’s dive into what makes these tiny seeds so powerful. They come from a plant that’s part of the mint family—salvia hispanica—native to Mexico and Guatemala, and one of their defining features is how they’re able to swell beyond their original size when added to liquid. (Hello, healthy chia pudding!) Nutritionally, chia seeds pack a punch. A 2-tablespoon serving offers 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 20 percent of your recommended daily value of calcium. Although Health Warrior has since branched out to many other superfoods, its original bar all started with chia.
The History of Health Warrior
Health Warrior was founded in 2010 by college friends Dan Gluck, Nick Morris, and Shane Emmett. Before going into business together, the trio competed as collegiate athletes and noticed that their sedentary, post-college professional life was making it challenging to stay fit. After learning about Mexico’s Tarahumara people, who are known for using chia seeds to deliver protein and energy to help fuel long runs, the friends started experimenting with superfoods in their own diets. The result of those experiments was the first Health Warrior protein bar, made with chia seeds as the star ingredient.
Health Warrior Company Mission
This superfood company believes better health builds stronger societies, which is why it taps into the power of superfoods for every product it makes. The brand is also big on making these ingredients work in your daily life, which is why it offers bars, protein powders, and mug muffins so you can easily enjoy your superfood fix, no matter what life throws at you.
Benefits of Health Warrior
Health Warrior’s products are Non-GMO Project Certified, and Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which is part of the Gluten Intolerance Group. In addition to working for a range of diets like vegetarian, vegan, keto, and paleo, an added serving of superfoods like chia, pumpkin seeds, almonds, honey, and turmeric, is one of the top reasons to love Health Warrior. Here are some of the things our Thrive Market members have said about the brand:
- Lindsay from Calif. uses the protein powder in her oatmeal smoothies, and loves that the taste isn’t too sweet.
- Anna from Utah says the chocolate bars are so good, with the perfect chewy consistency for her on-the-go snacks.
- Lauren from Ore. relies on the pumpkin and honey bars as a protein snack for work, and packs them when she travels.
Top Health Warrior Products
Pack your bags with one of these top Health Warrior products that’ll keep you fueled on the go.
Coconut Chia Bar
Chia seeds, cashew butter, unsweetened coconut, and brown rice syrup are some of the all-star ingredients inside this chewy, 100-calorie bar.
Vanilla Superfood Protein Powder & Probiotic
Each serving of this superfood protein powder offers 20g of plant-based protein, and the vanilla flavor will infuse extra flavor into your morning smoothies.
Cooking With Superfoods
If you’re ready to up your superfood intake, start with some of the best ideas from our blog.
How to Cook With Turmeric
Turmeric is known as a staple spice in Indian cooking, but you can also use it to make lattes, smoothies, rice bowls, nachos, and even … face masks! (And no, it won’t make your face orange.)
Should You Use Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds?
Two tiny but mighty seeds go head to head in this blog post that breaks down their differences. We share some of our favorite ways to use them, too.
These Healthy Brownie Bites Have a Secret Ingredient
These brownie bites are made with black beans for added protein, and coated with chia seeds for a superfood crunch. They’ll fly off the plate!