Raising the Bar: 3 New Bars and 1 Big GIVEAWAY

by Lauren on October 27, 2012

Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken up quite a collection of bars.  A few new and trusted companies have been so kind to send me some of their latest products to sample and review so I figured I would put them all together in one convenient post to share my thoughts with you all.

I sort of have a love/hate relationship with energy and granola bars.  I’m either really into them or not really interested.  It always seems to work out that when I do have bars in my house, I have an abundance of them but I usually wouldn’t think to eat a granola bar for a snack if I’m just lying around the house.  With that said, I do heavily rely on bars for travel and on-the-go and I always always have at least one stashed in every bag I own for emergencies.

First up…

Health Warrior Chia Bars 

Sara reached out to me a few weeks ago with the opportunity to try these new bars from Health Warrior. This start-up health food company is based in Richmond, VA and sells chia seeds and a line of chia seed bars that come in three flavors, chocolate peanut butter, acai berry, and coconut.

These bars are only 100 calories each and are fully loaded with omega-3’s and antioxidants. I wasn’t sure if the chia seeds would be incorporated throughout or visibly noticeable but when I opened one, I was surprised to see both features present.

Even though these bars are only 100 calories, you don’t necessarily feel like you’re getting your money’s worth in terms of volume for the calorie trade-off.  But don’t be fooled; they are small in size but large in satiety.

I decided to go with the coconut first and was pleasantly intrigued by the texture. The chia seeds are noticeable in every bite and give this little bar a lot of character.  As far as taste, this gets a 8 out of 10.  I’m a fan of chewy bars and appreciated its composition.  The coconut was distinct so if you are a fan of coconut, you’ll enjoy this bar.

Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars

 

Next on the list was some new flavors of Greek yogurt bars from Rickland Orchards. I met this company at the Fancy Food Show last summer and had the pleasure of working with them to sample their products a few months ago.  When I ran into them again at the Natural Products Expo in Baltimore, I was happy to see some new flavors in their line.

These granola bars are great but very sweet.  They make a fantastic option for an after-dinner treat or would probably turn any granola bar skeptic into an instant fan.  The nutritional stats are decent with only 140-160 calories per bar, 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. I have only tried the peanut butter and strawberry so far (since these were the new-to-me flavors) and taste-wise, I rate them at a 7.  Delicious but again, sweet! (Which could be an advantage for your own personal liking)

Flavors include:

  • Apples and Honey
  • Blueberry Acai
  • Cherri Almond
  • Cranberry Almond
  • Orchard Peach
  • Peanut Butter
  • Strawberry
  • Toasted Coconut

SoyJoy Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Cherry

SoyJoy recently released two brand new flavors and asked me if I would be interested in sampling them.

To be honest, I don’t recall ever having a SoyJoy bar until now so I really can’t compare these to the other flavors and I wasn’t sure what to expect out of them.

I’ve always heard good things about SoyJoy bars so I was excited to give them my own opinion.  I sampled them both over the past few days and definitely enjoyed them equally.  These bars are more of a cookie; the Cranberry resembled a shortbread and the Dark Chocolate Cherry reminded me of a Christmas cookie my mom usually makes.  As far as taste, I give the cranberry an 8 and the chocolate a 7.

Now for the fun part of this post, the giveaway!

Giveaway

Health Warrior is giving away three boxes of their chia bars (one of each flavor) and a Health Warrior T-shirt to one lucky SWYNTS reader.

To enter: Fill in the blank…

The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is ____________. 

For extra entries (one for each task completed, separate comment for each)

This giveaway will be open for entries until Wednesday, October 31st when one winner will be selected.

 

Disclaimer: I was graciously sent Health Warrior Chia Bars, Rickland Orchard Greek Yogurt Bars and SoyJoy Bars to sample as a curiosity. All of the opinions and reviews are that of my own. 

169 thoughts on “Raising the Bar: 3 New Bars and 1 Big GIVEAWAY”

  1. The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter. The bars all sound incredible.

  2. I follow Health Warrior on Facebook.

  3. I follow Health Warrior on Twitter.

  4. I tweeted the message you said to tweet.

  5. Chocolate Peanut Butter sounds fantastic; I’d love to try it!

  6. I like Health Warrior on Facebook.

  7. Emily says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is the chocolate peanut butter!

  8. I follow Health Warrior on Twitter @jkasparbauer

  9. The Health Warrior bar I most want to try is acai berry!

  10. carly says:

    The coconut ones!

  11. laura says:

    The Health Warrior bar I most want to try is coconut!

  12. Maria says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is coconut! Makes me think of summer!

  13. Kristen says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is coconut!

  14. Megan says:

    The Health Warrior bar I most want to try is coconut! Sounds great!

  15. can you believe i’ve never tried Soy joy bars before? At any rate, I’d love to try the Coconut flavor…

  16. Lexi says:

    The Health Warrior Chia bar I want to try most is Chocolate Peanut Butter!

  17. Lexi says:

    I followed Health Warrior on Facebook!

  18. Krystal says:

    Coconut!

  19. Kate says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is the chocolate peanut butter!

  20. Lori says:

    Chocolate peanut butter!

  21. Kate says:

    I follow Health Warrior on Twitter!

  22. Kate says:

    I liked Health Warrior on facebook!

  23. I just saw those health warrior bars today at Whole Foods and was definitely interested! I love that they’re only 100 calories because I feel like some bars are so high in calories and not very filling at all! I think the chocolate peanut butter flavor sounds awesome!

  24. tiffany says:

    The health warrior chia bar i most want to try is the acai berry flavor!!

  25. tiffany says:

    followed them on twitter, too!

  26. Chocolate peanut butter for sure ! (:

  27. the chocolate peanut butter bar sounds amazing!

  28. I followed them on twitter!

  29. I liked them on facebook!

  30. Tonia says:

    I would love to try the coconut flavor!

  31. Tonia says:

    I follow them on twitter!

  32. tara says:

    I would like to try the coconut flavor!

  33. i would love to try the coconut

  34. i follow them on twitter

  35. The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is the chocolate peanut butter!! MmmMmmM!

  36. Kristin says:

    Chocolate peanut butter!

  37. I’d love to try out the chocolate peanut butter one first… Mostly because I love anything with that combo! 😉

  38. Shannon says:

    I would live to try the coconut bar!!:)

    1. Shannon says:

      Sorry, on my phone *love, not live… Lol!

  39. Sheena says:

    Acai Berry sounds delicious!

  40. Renata says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Acai Berry!

  41. Renata says:

    I like Health Warrior on Facebook!

  42. kolya says:

    Mmmmm…peanut butter chocolate no question about it (:

  43. Renata says:

    Following on Twitter via @serene_streams!

  44. Veronica says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter. Anything peanut butter has to be good!

  45. Raymond says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Acai Berry!

  46. Raymond says:

    I also follow Health Warrior on Facebook!

  47. Kari says:

    Chocolate peanut butter all the way!

  48. tempesst says:

    chocolate peanut butter!

  49. tempesst says:

    tweeted!

  50. Nancy says:

    chocolate peanut butter! Berry flavors can be a hit or a miss.

  51. Laurel C says:

    Definitely chocolate peanut butter!!

  52. Laurel C says:

    I like Health Warrior on Facebook!

  53. Laurel C says:

    I follow them on twitter!

  54. Brittany@Proteinandpumps says:

    Acai Berry!!!

  55. Brittany@Proteinandpumps says:

    Followed on twitter!

  56. Brittany@Proteinandpumps says:

    Followed on fb : )

  57. Brittany@Proteinandpumps says:

    Tweeted. Phew!

  58. Tara says:

    The Peanut Butter bar looks fab! Never can go wrong with some PB!

  59. Nana says:

    The chocolate peanut butter one.

  60. Elle says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is ___chocolate peanut butter_________.

  61. Elle says:

    I follow them on Twitter
    @eatrunsail

  62. Elle says:

    I like their FB page from mine Eat Run Sail

  63. Elle says:

    And I tweeted!
    @eatrunsail

  64. Andrea M says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is chocolate peanut butter!

  65. Floey says:

    The Health Warrior bar I most want to try is coconut!

  66. Floey says:

    tweeted! @Squigglemefloey

  67. Angie says:

    Coconut sounds delicious!

  68. Georgiana says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Acai Berry! Yum!

  69. Georgiana says:

    I like Health Warrior on FB too!

  70. Deanna G. says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is coconut.

  71. Deanna G. says:

    I like Health Warrior on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  72. Tessa says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Coconut! Yummoo

  73. I think that the coconut sounds good. I’m interested to see the ingredients list on these.

    1. Hey Leah! the ingredients for the coconut bar are (in order): white chia seeds, brown rice syrup, cashew butter, unsweetened coconut, gluten free rolled oats, organic agave nectar, organic brown rice crisps, almond meal, arabic gum, vanilla extract, organic flavor, natural vitamin E, organic sunflower oil.

      All natural, real ingredients you can read and understand!

  74. I just received the Soyjoy bars too and I love them!

    I’d most want to try the chocolate peanut butter chia bar!

  75. Billie Jean says:

    Coconut! I love chia seeds, too!

  76. Billie Jean says:

    Following Health Warrior on Facebook!

  77. The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter! One of my favorite combos 🙂

  78. Billie Jean says:

    Following them on Twitter, too!

    And I forgot my email in the first comment, oops…
    (billiejeanviaemail@yahoo.com)

  79. Erica says:

    I’d love to try the coconut flavor

  80. Kara says:

    How could I say no to Chocolate Peanut Butter? Yum!

  81. Tracy says:

    The Health Warrior bar I would like to try is the Acai berry.

  82. Missy says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is coconut.

  83. Kelly Q says:

    The Health Warrior Bar I most want to try is chocolate peanut butter

  84. Ashley says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter!!

  85. Madeline says:

    Acai Berry! But of course that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try the other flavors too 😉

  86. Madeline says:

    I liked Health Warrior on FB!

  87. Madeline says:

    And I’m following Health Warrior on Twitter too 🙂

  88. Lindsay says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is definitely COCONUT! I’ve never met anything coconut flavored that I didn’t like. Hoping I win this one 🙂

  89. deborah says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Coconut. I’m crazy for all things coconut!!! 🙂

  90. Erica says:

    COCONUT! Those look amazing

  91. JeSs says:

    ALL…okay, umm, Coconut first!

  92. Stephanie says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is coconut!

  93. Tiffany says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is COCONUT!!! They all sound great!

  94. deborah says:

    i follow Health Warrior on twitter.

  95. The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is coconut. I go nuts for that coconut! 😉

  96. Carli says:

    Peanut butter chocolate!

  97. Meghan says:

    Chocolate peanut butter!

  98. Sadie says:

    I always vote peanut butter, but I think this time I will go with coconut.

  99. I never thought I’d say this, but…coconut! I’ve been into it lately!

  100. Chocolate Peanut Butter 🙂

  101. jeanne says:

    Pb chocolate. Never gets old!

  102. Christina says:

    I would love to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor!

  103. Amy says:

    The Health Warrier Chia Bar I most want to try is Acai Berry!

  104. Lauren says:

    I would love to try the chocolate peanut butter flavor! Anytime those two flavors are combined, I’m sold! 🙂

  105. Amanda says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE! 🙂

  106. Ashley P says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter!

  107. Ashley P says:

    I’m following Health Warrior on Twitter

  108. Ashley P says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway @geckogirl688

  109. Courtney says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter, please!

  110. Courtney says:

    I followed them on Facebook.

  111. Courtney says:

    I’m now following the Health Warrior on Twitter.

  112. Kristin says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I would like to try is chocolate peanut butter! The best combination of flavors ever if you ask me. 🙂

  113. Katie says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter!

  114. Amye says:

    Peanut Butter Chocolate!

  115. stephanie says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is: Chocolate Peanut Butter!!

  116. Jackie says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Coconut.

  117. Amy says:

    The flavor I would like to try the most is COCONUT! my husband doesn’t like coconut (who is he?) so I would never have to share! I’m a nurse who works 12hour shifts, so I’m always looking for quick, easy, healthy snacks-these would be perfect!

  118. Lindsay says:

    peanut butter chocolate! Yum!

  119. I definitely would like to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter — yum!!

  120. Kelly says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter!

  121. Heather says:

    I’d like to try the coconut! I’m a recent coconut convert – used to hate it…all of these bars sound great!

  122. The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is the Chocolate Peanut Butter!

  123. Katie says:

    Ooh great giveaway! Thanks, love! I’d love to try the chocolate peanut butter flavor!

  124. Shari says:

    I would like to try the chocolate peanut butter (can’t go wrong with that flavor combo)

  125. Brooke S says:

    I would love to try the coconut!!! Sounds awesome!

  126. Brooke S says:

    I “liked” Health Warrior on Facebook.

  127. Julie says:

    chocolate p.b. please! 🙂

  128. Megan says:

    Definitely acai berry!!!

  129. Amy Kohut says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter. And I have been trying to experiment with Chia and this sounds like a great way. Thanks for the opportunity!

  130. Amy Kohut says:

    I have also liked them on Facebook.

  131. Susanna S. says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I would love to try is Chocolate Peanut Butter 🙂 yum!

  132. I want to try the chocoalte pb!

  133. Ashley says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is Coconut!

  134. SRoberts says:

    that would have to be chocolate pb!!

  135. Caitlin H says:

    I’m stuck between coconut and choco pb!

  136. Caitlin says:

    I follow Health Warrior on twitter (Hopefulhels)

  137. Caitlin says:

    I also liked Health Warrior on facebook!

  138. Hannah says:

    mmmm definitely the coconut

  139. Kristen says:

    Cranberry!

  140. Meg says:

    Acai berry! Or maybe Chocolate PB? Both sound so great!

  141. Jordan D says:

    The Health Warrior Chia Bar I most want to try is the chocolate peanut butter! No better flavor combo 🙂

  142. Jordan D says:

    I like Health Warrior on facebook

  143. Jordan D says:

    I follow you and Health Warrior on twitter
    @j_mosh

  144. kristina says:

    The health warrior chia bar i want to try most is the chocolate peanut butter..
    I recently discovered chia seeds! i would love to try this bar!

  145. Chocolate Peanut Butter, for sure!

  146. Katie says:

    Chocolate PB!

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