You're holding up a piece of your impending snack, a bar with rosemary scent that hits the nose with bright herbaceousness. Then, a meaty backbeat from the natural protein within, and your tongue gets ready for savory satisfaction. Just a few chews and the brain says "yes!" as you salivate over lamb and spices and fruit. Never had lamb? You are in for a delicious treat in this moist and tender Lamb with Rosemary and Spinach bar from Wild Zora.
When first faced with the lovely Wild Zora package it's easy to just gaze at it, enjoying the simple design and clear little window in on the bars within. Once you smell the contents you'll know you made the correct move in tearing open the bag regardless. Pull out a piece - there might be a few in each bag - and take a little nibble, inhaling the spices as you go. Then, a bigger bite, and get ready to chew with pleasure. This isn't the jaw-working resistance of traditional jerky, but rather a tender softness with the tiniest bits of texture from the real foods blended into the bar. There's a little saltiness that I appreciate, a mild savory aspect that is not-overwhemingly-meaty, and the scent of rosemary and herbs mellowed by dried fruit with just a little sweetness.
I personally love lamb. You will, too, if you don't already. Wild Zora makes it easy, by combining the highest quality ingredients in flavor combinations that enhance your eating experience. The flavor is both bold and gentle all at once, a step up from the tried-and-true beef palate we know so well. Don't fear any gaminess – this is a far cry from challenging and a purely delicious experience. Take this lamb bar: a little dried fruit, a little spice, a lot of natural healthy meat. All together it is more than the sum of its salivation-worthy parts.
Wild Zora makes protein bars the likes of which many of us have never seen, but we ALL appreciate after just one taste. The texture is difficult to describe in the context of other meat bars or even jerky, until you try it yourself. It's not jerky - that's too dry. It's not moist and fatty like some pemmican or other meat bars (not that there's anything wrong with that). Wild Zora lands in the middle, kind of like a thick fruit leather that's gone over to the zesty meat side of things.
Lamb Wild Zora Bars are a delicious and savory Mediterranean-inspired lamb recipe with highlights of rosemary and spinach that is nightshade-free (without tomatoes or peppers). With a nod towards those with compromised immune systems, we also add turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Whole30 and Paleo-friendly. AIP (AutoImmune Protocol) Compliant.
Gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, milk-free, and nightshade-free. No nuts/peanuts/tree-nuts. No MSG or chemical additives.
Lamb has Omega-3s in spades! The omega-3 content of lamb depends upon the young sheep's diet as well as the mother's diet, but the result can be lamb with an impressive amount of omega-3s. In a conservative nutritional profile of lamb, most experts estimate around 40 milligrams of omega-3s per ounce of lamb loin.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a health supportive omega-6 fatty acid (unlike many of the rest of the "bad" omega-6s). Increased intake of CLA is associated with improved immune and inflammatory function, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, and better maintenance of lean body mass. Lamb contains a good amount of CLA, more so if grass-fed. A conservative nutrient profile for lamb includes CLA of 25 milligrams in 4 ounces.
Apricots are vitamin and mineral-rich — they’re particularly high in beta carotene and Vitamin A. Adding dried fruit to this recipe increases its moisture while adding just a little bit of sweetness to balance the savory spices.
Spinach, wow! Seemingly derailed by kale in stature, it is still a pretty great food. High in iron, fiber, vitamin C and a bevy of other vitamins, especially when organic – as all of the veggies in Wild Zora's bars are! Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, and folic acid as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, and vitamin B2. In other words, it's still a great food to include on your plate. Or in your bar.
"In early 2011 our family started to learn about Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Primal food. We just didn’t feel good about feeding the typical sugary, grain-filled snacks on the market to our kids! Jerky proved no better. So many jerky snacks contain nitrites, nitrates and MSG, and all of them are just too tough and too salty. When we’re hungry, our bodies crave lasting energy: something substantial, savory, and nutritious. Nothing on the market lived up to that standard.
Beginning in 2013, we created our own alternative. At home, we always considered meat AND vegetables a complete meal. So we started to mix and dehydrate 100% grass-fed beef from a local rancher along with fresh vegetables from our garden. We discovered that we could make super tasty meat and veggie snacks that our family really enjoyed!
Our kids started sharing our beef and veggie snacks with their friends at school. Soon many of our friends insisted we start a business to sell them. We listened! We now make our meat and veggie bars in our own fully USDA-certified kitchen just outside Fort Collins, Colorado."
Oooh, we like this question. So much that it was answered in a blog post recently. Here's the summary: common energy bars have a few primary ingredients like sugar, processed protein powder, and grains, and those ingredients are cheap. Wild Zora bars start with real grass-fed meat, fresh veggies, and fruit. The good stuff! So, we decided to provide a product that we can feel good about feeding to our family and friends.
The Lamb Rosemary Wild Zora bars are AIP-friendly, woohoo! They are still/also: paleo certified, Whole30 approved, and full of seriously delicious real food, just like all of their bars.