Wild Zora: The Original Meat & Veggie Bar
I have discovered an excellent new snack bar: Wild Zora.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for convenient, high quality snack options. While it might be ideal to take the time to sit down for full, balanced meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—life happens and even the most prepared person will have occasions where they are scrambling to find something nutritious to eat between meetings, appointments, and other life events. Enter the snack bar option.
When my husband and I went to Greece a few months ago, I didn’t prepare as well as I usually do with greens powders, snack bars, and the like. Instead, I packed a few organic dark chocolate bars (a Kristin staple) and adopted an “It will be fine” attitude. All I have to say is, “Oops.” Lesson learned.
Greece was a beautiful country, but it wasn’t nearly as easy to find healthy gluten free meal options as I might have liked. While I found some eventually (and benefited greatly from the Greek gluten free meal card I printed off of the Celiac Travel.com website), at times, I found myself scrambling for at least semi-healthy, balanced dietary options. Perhaps not surprisingly, this experience fuelled my quest to investigate what’s new and exciting in the world of healthy snack bars—especially since some of my tried and true favourites have become harder to find.
Earlier this week, I received my order of Wild Zora Mediterranean Lamb (ordered from Amazon.ca and fulfilled by Wild Mountain Paleo Market, if helpful to know). Ingredients include natural lamb, organic vegetables and fruit, sea salt, herbs, and spices. I wasn’t sure what to expect from an actual meat and veggie bar, but I was very pleasantly pleased.
In my opinion, Wild Zora bars offer a great way to get both meat and vegetables (two of the mainstays of my whole foods diet) in a convenient, ready-to-eat format. While it did feel a little weird to be eating meat & veg in a dehydrated bar format, I rather enjoyed it. The flavour was pleasantly balanced and I didn’t fear for my teeth the way I sometimes do when eating super tough, overly dehydrated beef jerky.
There is a great deal to love about Wild Zora’s recipes. All bars are gluten-free, grain-free, nut/peanut/tree nut-free, soy-free, MSG-free, and contain no added sugar, hormones, antibiotics, or chemical additives. How amazing is that? (A: For me, that's very amazing.)
Wild Zora definitely isn’t a good choice for vegetarians and vegans, but it is a fabulous option for many others with dietary restrictions. At around $7 a bar, this certainly isn’t an inexpensive option, but I do appreciate the fact than quality ingredients don’t come cheap.
For anyone who counts their macros, the breakdown is roughly 23% protein, 50% fat, and 27% carb. I don’t usually focus too much on the ratio of proteins, fats, and carbs I consume, but curiosity compelled, so I did the math and decided to share it for anyone who might want to know.
As you may have garnered, I’m a big fan of Wild Zora's Mediterranean Lamb bar. I will order it again, but look forward to taste testing the other flavours. I will keep you abreast of any and all other fab finds.