Running Food Chia Charge Bar

Category: Running Bars
Recommended for: a snack before running (at least half an hour before the run), during a long run (if the run is longer than one hour, 1 flapjack per hour) or after the run (within  half an hour immediately after the run).

Pros

  • Natural / wholefood ingredients which are easy to digest and organic
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High in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals
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Light and a reasonable size to pack into small pockets for your longer run
  • Does not contain gluten, preservatives or artificial colourings
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Natural source of electrolytes: sea salt

Cons

  • Crumbly, not as easy to carry and eat on the go as gels

Flavour

It's not too sweet and it has an interesting mix of flavours within the layers. Sea salt flakes in the bar give it a salty taste which is nicely balanced with the rest of the flavours, like a subtle sweet taste of the demerara sugar and a nice wholesome taste of oats.


Verdict

This bar was a seriously great discovery for me as I have to be very careful with what I eat. My system is very sensitive to additives and anything which is not a natural ingredient. It's especially hard for me to hold something in my stomach during a long run so I end up making my own snacks, which can be time-consuming. Chia Charge passed the test however, so its Happy Days for me :-)

Super-food chia seeds are the protein powerhouse ingredient in this bar, and many of its other wholefood, plant-based ingredients are organic. It has 10g of protein, 5g of fibre and an omega 3 boost you’ll get from the chia. This energy bar is made from a recipe that enables a fast energy boost to be backed up with slow burn of carbohydrates, so there is no post-gel crash in energy and you can keep going with some wholefoods in your system.

I prefer the original flavour one to the one with banana because I like salty snacks and I try to have as many electrolytes in my diet as possible, but the banana one is really nice, especially if you like sweeter flavours or banana.

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