Chia bars
Chia bars pack a surprising punch (Courtesy of Health Warrior)

Chia as a Running Superfood

Chia bars
Ryan Krogh

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Yes, the same tiny seeds that sprouted hair on your terra-cotta puppy in the ’80s are now being marketed as a running superfood, thanks in part to the ultra-endurance Tarahumara Indians, who have been eating them for generations. The latest research backs the claim that they pack more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, have more fiber than flaxseed, and are a complete source of protein. Last year more than two dozen chia products—everything from packaged seeds for smoothies to energy bars—hit U.S. shelves, and a dozen new ones have already appeared in 2012. Our favorite: Health Warrior Chia Bars.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021 Lead Photo: Courtesy of Health Warrior