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Health Warrior Chia Bars Review

Disclaimer:  I received Health Warrior Chia Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I like to eat.  However, I can be lazy and rarely cook.  I make pasta, quinoa, eggs, pancakes, etc.  It has to be easy with very few ingredients.  I told you I was lazy.  I also like to snack.  I know it isn’t healthy but many times I crave something salty and spicy.  My favorite is potato chips with hot sauce.  No wonder I cannot lose weight!!  Sometimes I also crave something sweet.

It was during this summer that I first heard about Health Warrior Chia Bars.  I believe it was before my trip to Alaska.  I didn’t think about it anymore and then just completely forgot about them till about sometime in October when the opportunity arose to try them out.  Sign me up!

Health Warrior makes Chia Bars, Pumpkin Seed Bars, and Chia Protein Bars.  I received two different flavors of the Chia Bars – Apple Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate.  What makes these so great and healthy?  They’re gluten free, soy free, dairy free, 100% vegan, and non-GMO.  Plus they’re only 110 calories, have 4-5 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 1100 mg of Omega-3.

I first tried the dark chocolate.  I liked that it wasn’t too sweet but yet it was enough to satisfy me.  I finished it in 3 bites.

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Next I tried the Apple Cinnamon and also liked that one too.  This one had pieces of apples.  Again, 3 bites later and it was gone.

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I realize that they’re meant to be eaten as a snack but I think these should be a bit bigger.  🙂  Also, I know chia seeds tend to get stuck in your teeth (dislike it when that happens).  However, I found that that was not the case with these bars.

I enjoy eating one or two of these after school.  I eat lunch at 11:30 am and am done with school at 3:00 pm.  You bet that afterwards I am hungry.  Depending on the day I either have a meeting, stay late to grade papers, or have Math Club on Thursday.

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Something else I received with the Chia Bars is a Marathon Training Coloring Book.  I like to color but don’t always make the time for it.  I laughed when I checked out each page because I could relate to many of the pictures in the book.  

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The Chia Bars come in 9 flavors:  Acai Berry, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Almond, and Mango.  The Health Warrior Chia Bars are $15.99 for 15 bars (one time purchase) or $12.79 when you subscribe and save 20% off your order.  The company offers free shipping for orders over $25, hassle free returns, and a rewards program. 

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You can also try a sampler box of 3 bars for $4.99 and FREE shipping.  I ordered the Pumpkin Seed Bars in Cinnamon Spice, Dark Chocolate, and Honey Cracked Pepper with Turmeric.  You can also get the free coloring book with your order by going here:  http://healthwarrior.link/colorbookbr.

Have you tried these bars?  Thoughts?  If you haven’t, which one would you like to try?

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Friday Five 2.0-Become a BibRave Pro in 2018

Do you like to get FREE stuff to use and review?  Do you like to get FREE race entries to some of the best races in the US?  Do you enjoy meeting new people?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, keep on reading to learn how you can become an ambassador.

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The BibRave Pros are ambassadors for BibRave.  Everyone shares a passion for running and blogging about their recent running escapade.  Each Pro gets free entries to run BibRave partner races (a few past partners include Grandma’s Marathon, Detroit Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Series, Hot Chocolate Race Series, and more).  They also get to test and review running products (wireless headphones, shoes, fuel, etc).  Plus, you are part of an amazing community that motivates and encourages you.  What else is there to ask for?

Do YOU have what it takes to be a BibRave Pro?

Here are the requirements to join the program:
– Enjoy running and racing!
– Maintain a personal running-orientated blog
– Have a strong social media presence across multiple platforms
– Have a BibRave account at www.bibrave.com with at least 3 reviews
– No more than 3 other ambassadorships

I applied in July and a few weeks later received an email welcoming me into the program. Since then I’ve received race entries for the Run Mag Mile, Chicago Half Marathon and Lifetime 5K, Turkey Trot Chicago, and Illinois Marathon.  I’ve also received a few products to test such as Under Armour Horizon RTT shoes, Brilliant Reflective, Luvo Frozen Meals, and 5K Crate.

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Is this something you want to do?  If so, sign up TODAY.  Applications are now open till November 15, 2017 11:59pm PST.  You will be notified by November 24, 2017 if you’ve been selected as a member of the 2018 BibRave Pros.  If you apply, make sure to include my name on the application as the person that referred you.  🙂

I have applied again for next year and will be back in 2018!  Next year is supposed to be bigger and better so you bet I am looking forward to it.

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I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 2.0.

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Friday Five 2.0-Top 5 things I am looking forward to the Turkey Trot Chicago

It is hard to believe that we are close to the end of October and November starts next week.  Also, hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Oh, and my birthday is that same week as Thanksgiving.  🙂

I am excited because that same week of Thanksgiving, I only work Monday and Tuesday and then I am off the rest of the week.  Thanksgiving is always a time to eat all of the food and spend time with family.   It is also time to run in a turkey trot.  This year I am looking forward to run the Art Van Turkey Trot in Chicago.  I haven’t decided on whether to run the 5K or 8K.   It’s been years since I’ve run in a turkey trot.  Read along as I list the reasons why I am excited to run this race and why you should too.

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1. This race supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  What better way to start off the day than to help out fellow Chicago friends to ensure they don’t go hungry this holiday season.

2. It is a local race.  That saves me time and money.  I sleep in my own bed and drive to the race.  I’ve never run this race before and am looking forward to runing in Lincoln Park.

3. FREE Race Photos.  I never buy any of my race photos (too expensive and don’t like how I look) but I’ve noticed that I do like the FREE ones. Regardless, whether I like them or not, they’re still FREE.

4. It is a short race.  There are two options in this race, 5K and am 8K.  Whether it is 3.1 or 6.2 miles, those distances are still doable.  Right?

5. A cool shirt and medal!  New this year is that everyone that crosses the finish line gets a medal.   Check out that cool blue color of the shirts!  Love it!

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EXTRA:
6. I get to wear some cool socks!  I purchased these socks at the Shamrock Shuffle expo specifically to run a turkey trot.  I am excited to wear them on race day.

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Remember, if you would like to sign up, use TURKEYDAY2017 to save 10% off any race distance.

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Any plans to run a Turkey Trot this year?

I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 2.0.

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Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K Recap

Disclaimer:  I received a free entry to the Chicago Half Marathon & Life Time 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I had originally signed up for the half marathon.  However, with the unusually high temperatures in Chicago, I decided instead to run the 5K.  

After my run on Saturday morning, I went to Soldier Field to pick up my packet.  Parking was a deal for $5!  Names were printed on the letters but I didn’t find my name.  In fact many names were missing because I didn’t see any names with last names ending in A, B, C, D, or E (just naming a few as I know there were more but cannot remember).

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Bib pickup and switching over to the 5K was fast and easy.  Not much in the goodie bag.

I do like the shirt.

A reminder that it was going to be warm on race day.

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I tried Rx bars but did not like the texture.

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Almost bought these shoes.

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Walked around a bit more and left to meet my friend, Claudia, for lunch.

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I woke up early on Sunday morning to get ready and eat something.  I also had some coffee.  Then I drove to the race location.  I got lucky and found parking right away. However, I was there very early so I still had to wait.  The half marathon began at 7 am and the 5K at 7:45am.

I found my friend, Claudia, and we use the port-a-potties, took some pictures, and I wished her good luck as she was running the half marathon.

I hate it when vendors take advantage of the situation (I know they are there to make money) and charge a lot for food.  That slice of pizza is very small which is the same one runners got at the end of the race.

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I was planning to meet Heather prior to the race but that didn’t work out.  I did see her once the race began and she was walking to start running.

Then I had to wait again.  By this point I was hungry.  It was also warm.  At least now there were no lines at the port-a-potties but they were also SMELLY!

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Finally time to run.  It was nice to run in the shade.  Miles 1 and 2 went by fast.  There was a water/gatorade station a bit before mile 2.  I drank some Gatorade and ran again.  I was surprised there was a station so late into the race.  I didn’t care too much for me because I was running a shorter race.  The half marathoners still had a long way to go and shouldn’t have had to wait till mile 2 for water and Gatorade.

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I saw a cute Mexican family with less than half a mile away.  I could hear the music and the race announcer.  I picked up the pace a little bit and finally crossed the finish line.  

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Done.  Got my medal and some post race goodies.

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Love free pictures.  The bottom one cracks me up.  I almost didn’t post it because my eyes are closed.  But there is a story behind it.  Next to me is my friend’s dad.  At the beginning he told me he was going to beat me.  Throughout the race I would pass him and then he would pass me.  Around mile 2 was the last time I passed him.  He surprised me when he caught up to me as we got closer to the finish line and I ran as fast as I could.  We crossed the finish line together and I was laughing!!  I still beat him by 7 seconds.  🙂

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Free pizza.  Would you pay $6 for that slice?  I am a big fan of Home Run Inn pizza and realize that that picture of the pizza doesn’t look tasty.  However, my complaint is the cost for that size.

Are you a fan of 5Ks?  Why or why not?

5K Crate Product Review

Disclaimer:  I received a 5k Crate to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

What is 5K Crate?  It is a quarterly subscription box ($59.99) that has premium apparel and accessories for runner of all types and fitness levels.  Each box is carefully hand picked to include 5-6 items that you will use over and over again.  You can select a women’s or men’s version and shipping is FREE.

I was excited when I received my box.  Inside my box were the following:

  • Mission VaporActive Alpha Running Shirt- $35.95
  • Mission VaporActive Cooling Towel- $19.99
  • Spigen Wireless Bluetooth Headphones- $45.00
  • Zensah No-Show Compression Socks- $19.99
  • (2) Epic Full-Size Body Wipes- $2.50 each
  • (3) La Fresh Travel Sunscreen Samples- $1.00 each

Total value is $128.93.  

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Mission VaporActive Alpha Running Shirt – I wear short sleeve shirts for running.  However, I like the color and the fit.  This shirt is supposed to dry up to 5 times faster than the leading shirt.  I really didn’t notice this but it could have been that when I wore this shirt it was mostly for shorter runs.

Mission VaporActive Cooling Towel – It is a soft towel that keeps you cool for up to 2 hours. All you do is wet it, wring it, and snap it.  I didn’t take advantage of it during these 90 degree days because all I wanted to do after a run was jump in the shower.

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Spigen Wireless Bluetooth Headphones – I rarely run with music.  It depends on my mood and run.  However, I have two pairs of headphones with wires that when I do use them, the wires drive me crazy.  Enter wireless headphones.  I wear these mostly for when I am working on my laptop entering grades for school or writing blog posts.  These were easy to pair up with my iPhone and the sound is clear and crisp.  

Zensah No-Show Compression Socks – Is it possible to have too many socks?  No way!  I own about 20 pairs and pick a pair depending on the shoes I plan to wear (I have 3 pairs in rotation).  I love that they’re thin, soft and comfortable.  No blisters either.  I didn’t think I would like the ankle height because I prefer no show socks.

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Epic Full-Size Body Wipes – I didn’t use these wipes but I know they’re big enough to wipe off the sweat and smell when you need to go somewhere else after a run and you don’t have time for a shower.  

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La Fresh Travel Sunscreen Samples – I’ve never heard of sunscreen wipes.  They’re the perfect size for a bag or even short pockets.  The lotion isn’t greasy and I didn’t notice any scent.

Final thoughts:  I like trying out the different products.  Most of these were new to me.   The one item I didn’t care for is the shirt but that is because I have enough in my drawer and I prefer to run in short sleeves.

Is all of this worth $60?  Definitely!  As you saw above, total cost is about $130 so you get all of this stuff for about half price. 

You can sign up HERE and every 3 months  you will receive a new shipment with 5-6 items. Join today as the Octobe boxes start shipping on October 16th.

Lola likes the box.  She says it is the perfect size and sends her thanks to 5K Crate.

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Have you tried any of these products?  Have you tried a 5K Crate subscription? Thoughts?