For Protein on the Go: Wild Zora Bar Review and Giveaway
I was a full-time high school teacher when I first discovered Whole 30 and paleo eating. Being away from home from 6 am until, most nights, 5 pm, meant I had to pack quite a bit of food to make it through my day… especially when I went immediately to the gym after school for my favorite boxing and conditioning class.
I started meal-prepping religiously. I roasted a tray of vegetables every few days–usually beets, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, kale, green beans. I became an expert at hard-boiling eggs and keeping cooked meat in glass containers in my fridge, for easy protein. I learned how to make my own cashew and almond butter, whipped up coconut milk ranch dressing in just five minutes, and kept avocados in car my in case of a healthy fat emergency.
When you start eating cleanly, it’s hard to find snacks to stash in your purse or office drawer that have enough protein and fat and aren’t full of sugar. I used to buy a brand of bars that was made from dried fruit and nuts, and even though it didn’t have any added sugar, it still had a lot of sugar. Those started tasting too sweet to me, so I switched over to fruit and nut bars with egg whites for protein.
Then, I discovered meat and veggie bars. These are way more similar to a complete meal–something you’d make in your kitchen, like steak with a side of carrots, or pork sausage with apple and greens. There are a few “meat bar” brands available and I’ve probably tried them all, but Wild Zora is the only one I’ve found that tastes amazing and is packed with vegetables like kale, tomato, celery, and basil. The flavors are really fun and unique, like Curry Turkey and Mediterranean Lamb.
Because my husband is my taste-tester for any of my blog recipes, I thought it would be fun to do a test of seven Wild Zora bars, and share our thoughts with you! Just so you know, I asked my husband to rate a few other brands of jerkies and bars in the past, and he gave most of them a 1 or a 2 (“the other brands are really greasy and salty,” he said). So he isn’t afraid to be brutally honest about what he thinks!
Ingredients: 100% Grass-Fed Beef, rBST-free Parmesan Cheese (Pasteurized Cultured Cow’s Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Organic Vegetables & Fruit (Red Bell Pepper, Apricots, Dates, Basil, Kale, Tomato, Garlic, Celery), Sea Salt, Spices.
Before tasting: I would never have thought to put parmesan with beef, but it sounds like it could be awesome. I love how many fruits and vegetables this one has, too. Basil is one of my favorite herbs. I bet I’ll like this one. In fact, Wild Zora, this might inspire me to invent some kind of ground beef basil parmesan dish for the blog!
My thoughts: This actually tastes just like pizza. I’m amazed! It must be from the tomato and basil. I actually really like the parmesan, too. I shouldn’t eat cheese, but the parmesan flavor really gives it a great, cheesy, smoky taste. I really loved this one and would definitely buy this again. 10/10.
Husband’s thoughts: The hint of tomato and spices gives this a delightful pizza flavor. Pizza is one of my favorite foods, so this one definitely gets a high rating from me. 9/10.
Averaged rating: 9.5/10.
Ingredients: Free-Range Turkey, Organic Vegetables & Fruit (Spinach, Dates, Apricots, Onion, Garlic, Celery), Spices, Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper.
Before tasting: I always like chicken and turkey as protein options, but I haven’t found a good turkey jerky before. I’ve tried a few, and they were always dry and kind of tasteless. I think Wild Zora’s curry flavor is genius, because that should take care of the lack of flavor I’ve experienced with other brands.
My thoughts: The curry flavoring is spot-on. I love adding curry powder to my foods to give them a kick, and like I said, I’ve never tried a curry jerky before. I think anyone with an adventurous palate or anyone who loves fun spices would adore this jerky. It’s so much more flavorful than traditional jerkies. 8/10.
Husband’s thoughts: Really good! Perfect balance of curry to give it a punch, and not overly done. Not overly salted, and not dry at all. The spices give it a warm kick. One of my favorites. 10/10.
Averaged rating: 9/10.
Ingredients: Natural Lamb, Organic Vegetables, & Fruit (Spinach, Apricots, Dates, Garlic, Celery, Onion), Sea Salt, Oregano, Rosemary, Turmeric.
Before tasting: I never really had lamb at all until I started working at farmers’ markets. You can get some really high-quality, organic shank and racks of lamb at markets. It’s fun to experiment with new tastes and new recipes, too. Lamb still isn’t my favorite meat (I think I’m just a little intimidated by it), but Mediterranean spices sound good.
My thoughts: I liked this a lot more than I thought. To me, lamb has a bit of a gamey taste, and this did not. The spices also really helped me get over my fear of eating lamb! This would be so good with a Greek salad and some hummus. The spices were absolutely perfect. 8/10.
Husband’s thoughts: I love how tender the meat is. It almost falls apart in your mouth. It has the right combination of flavor and texture. We never eat lamb in our house, but it has always been a meat I enjoy. This is one of my favorites, too! 9/10.
Averaged rating: 8.5/10.
Ingredients: Grass-fed Beef, Organic Vegetables & Fruit (Cayenne Pepper, Tomato, Apricots, Dates, Kale, Garlic, Celery), Chipotle Pepper, Ancho Chile Pepper, Sea Salt, Spices.
Before tasting: This sounds like a pretty solid BBQ beef recipe. Are ancho chiles hot? They sound hot. I’m also curious about the kale being in the bar, and if it will be rubbery or make the flavor odd or bitter. But since I’ve liked all the other Wild Zora bars so far, I have confidence in this one, too.
My thoughts: This tastes a lot like ribs. It has a nice BBQ flavor, but a bit unique with the spices and veggies added. The more I tasted this bar, the more I felt like I was cozying up to a nice plate of barbecue, which is the perfect winter food. I would definitely eat this one again! 9/10.
Husband’s thoughts: This has a little sweetness and spice to it, which is really nice. I absolutely love barbecue, and I agree that this tasted a lot like ribs! Though I still like some of the more adventurous flavors, the quality of the meat really comes out nicely in the bar. 8/10.
Averaged rating: 8.5/10.
Ingredients: 100% Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Vegetables & Fruit (Red Bell Pepper, Unsulfured Apricots, Dates, Kale, Garlic, Onion, Celery), Spices, Cayenne Pepper, Sea Salt.
Before tasting: I’m a huge wimp when it comes to spicy things. My husband puts a drop of hot sauce on our fritatta in the morning and I can’t eat it. Our favorite non-paleo treat, Thai basil fried rice, comes SO hot even when we ask for partial heat that I’ll go hungry instead of eating it. I’m a little nervous because this has cayenne pepper in it, but hopefully it’s just a little bit. I guess it will be good for clearing out our sinuses.
My thoughts: This did have a little kick at the end with the cayenne, but I didn’t mind it… even being a hot sauce lightweight. I seriously felt like I was just digging into some well-seasoned taco meat. I’m actually amazed at how much this tastes like a taco. It’s really incredible… great combination of flavors. I loved this one! In fact, I might be tempted to actually use this in a taco if I didn’t have fresh ground beef available. Is that weird? 9/10.
Husband’s thoughts: I thought it was a good change from the other flavors, because it had that little bit of heat that you’re looking for in the lineup. It really stands out as one of the better flavors, especially because a lot of people are looking for a little bit of spice and heat with their jerky…so this one fills that need very nicely. The spices were excellent. For someone like me who likes hot, but not TOO hot, it was the right balance. And who doesn’t like tacos? 9/10.
Averaged rating: 9/10.
Ingredients: Natural pork (raised without added hormones or antibiotics), organic fruits and vegetables (kale, apple, apricots, dates, parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme, sea salt and cinnamon).
Before tasting: One of my very favorite easy meals is an apple chicken sausage with sautéed veggies, so I’m betting I’ll like this one. I also used to make an apple, ground pork, and sweet potato breakfast hash with similar spices, and that was pretty tasty, too.
My thoughts: I was hoping this would taste just like an apple sausage I’m used to, and it definitely does. I think the cinnamon comes through a bit more than the other spices, which I love. This would be my favorite bar to eat for breakfast. I absolutely love the sweetness that the spices bring, and it doesn’t have any added sugar, which is awesome. 10/10.
Husband’s thoughts: I’m not as much of an apple sausage lover as my wife is, but this did remind me of a breakfast sausage. It’s a very familiar, comforting flavor. As with all the other jerkies, great spices. I prefer a bit bolder seasonings and spicy, so I’m reserving my favorites for some of the other flavors, but this was excellent. 7/10.
Averaged rating: 8.5/10.
Ingredients: Natural pork (raised without added hormones or antibiotics), organic fruits and vegetables (red bell peppers, dates, tomato, apricots, onion, celery, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño pepper) sea salt, spices.
Before tasting: I don’t know how taco anything could be bad, especially with the cilantro, garlic, and lime in here. Lately, I’ve been cooking ground beef or pork with taco spices and adding it to salads (onion, cucumber, avocado, peppers, tomato, and some homemade ranch… yum). I’m going to bet that this is going to be one of my favorites. Although, now that I think about it, I did NOT like a bacon meat bar I tried earlier this year. Maybe I have something against pork.
My thoughts: I am actually surprised that this isn’t a bit more flavorful. You can really taste the meat flavor, but the spices could be punched up a bit. I think I wanted some cumin, more cilantro, more lime. Maybe a little heat? The Chili Beef flavor tasted a lot more like taco meat to me! The Taco Pork wasn’t bad, I just think my expectations were SO high with the taco seasonings that I thought it would taste a bit different. I would definitely still eat this, though. 6/10.
Husband’s thoughts: This is a lot more subtle than the other bars we tried, but you can still tell that the ingredients are really fresh and clean. I agree that the other six were more flavorful than this one, but like my wife said, it’s still really good. 7/10.
Averaged rating: 6.5/10.
Truthfully, we loved every single one of the bars. My husband is extremely picky about food, and generally does not eat healthy snacks when I bring them along on road trips or errands, but he said he would be happy to eat any of these.
If you’re on the go and need some protein and allergy-friendly food, these are the perfect option.
Though we loved all of them, we’d recommend Parmesan Beef and Apple Pork for pickier eaters and kiddos, and Mediterranean Lamb and Curry Turkey for the more adventurous foodies. Or, better yet, grab a sampler and try them all to see what you like. They’re all SO good though, that it’s very hard to choose favorites! Click here to enter a Wild Zora giveaway to win an entire sampler pack of these bars. It will take you 15 seconds to enter!
About Wild Zora
Wild Zora is a relatively new brand, founded in 2011 by Zora Tabin when she was looking for healthy, paleo snacks to feed her family. Since then, it has taken the paleo community (and others looking for on-the-go, healthy protein) by storm because of the clean ingredients and great flavor.
Here are some Wild Zora product highlights:
-One serving of organic veggies per package
-Allergen-friendly, Whole 30, and AIP options
-No gluten, grains, nuts, soy, MSG, additives, hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners or added sugars
-All flavor options have no milk, except the Parmesan Beef
-Real food snack option that’s different than all the fruit and nut bars out there (these are meat and veggie bars!)
Want to order some Wild Zora bars? Click here and enter the code “FREESHIP” for free shipping on your order. If you’re not into online shopping, you can use this handy store locator to find the closest Wild Zora retailer near you. Keep scrolling for the giveaway!
Interested in winning some free Wild Zora products? Bohemian Nation is sponsoring a super fun giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive a “Don’t Be a Jerky” t-shirt and Wild Zora Meat and Veggie multi-pack. There are a few easy ways to enter.
- Visit Wild Zora’s website here to see the prizes and enter your e-mail address, first name, and last name (must be in the U.S. and 18 or older).
- Stay tuned for an Instagram version of the giveaway, from Bohemian Nation (@thebohemiannation) and Wild Zora (@wildzorafoods).
The contest ends December 19th, 2017.
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Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried Wild Zora bars before, and which was your favorite flavor. Also, tell me your favorite go-to healthy snack.