Cardamom and cayenne and coriander and clove, oh my! Your tongue, salivating a wee bit, tastes tandoori all meaty and complicated; you're not in an Indian restaurant but rather strolling down the street or driving in your car. That delectable savory bite is a morsel from a Wild Zora meat and veggie bar, its turkey all gussied up with spinach and dates and spices galore, soft and chewy and . . . wow. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
The best part about this bar is the flavors combining into a sum greater than their parts. It's not just a turkey bar; it's a whole Eastern spice palate dancing on your tongue replete with a teeny bit of sweetness. If the name wasn't called Masala, I'd peg the flavors more like a Moroccan tagine dish with earthy meat, vegetables, and dried fruits. Mmm, tagine. Google it if you are curious, thank me later.
When first faced with the Wild Zora package it's easy to just tear into it, even though wrecking such lovely design is a little sad. Once you smell the contents you'll know you made the correct move. 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 savory aspect that is not-overwhemingly-meaty, and the previously mentioned gentle spice and sweet finale. Luckily the portion control is built right in to these gorgeous little bags.
Ok, so Wild Zora is a cool company that makes protein bars the likes of which you've never seen. The problem is that the texture is difficult to describe, 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.
Why Wild Zora Curry Turkey is so good for you
The Curry Turkey recipe, made with spinach, is complex with twelve exotic spices that will remind you of a tandoori turkey. This unique bar has lean free-range turkey, resulting in a bar that is very high in protein while being relatively low in fat. The Wild Zora unique recipe is an exotic combination of free-range turkey, organic spinach and dates, with a tandoori-style blend of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, coriander, and a touch of cayenne. All of the veggies and fruits are organic, and the meat is, of course, free-range. That's good for everyone!
Here are some of the amazing superfoods in the Turkey Curry bar:
Turkey meat is nutritionally quite impressive. It’s loaded with protein, low in fat, rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy omega fats. Here are some of the most awesome things about turkey:
- Turkey is an exceptionally dense source of nutrient-rich protein, which has recently been shown to fall into a group of high-protein foods that can help keep post-meal insulin levels within a desirable range.
- In terms of minerals, turkey particularly rich in selenium, and also contains high levels of zinc, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Turkey is richer in calcium than any other meat.
- All B vitamins are present in turkey meat, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, biotin, and choline.
- Turkey (together with chicken) has emerged as a food associated with decreased pancreatic cancer risk
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.
How to eat Wild Zora bars:
- Can you say, snack attack?
- In the gym bag, ready for post-workout bliss (and avoiding the snack bar)
- In your desk drawer, perfect for vending machine avoidance
- Bake them. No, really. Place on a baking sheet and add a slice of Swiss cheese before toasting the whole thing into a sort of paleo pizza. Yum.
- Buried at the bottom of your purse and then discovered accidentally in a hungry state. Yay!
- Tucked into a kid's lunch to soothe their craving for something chewy
- You come up with your own awesome eating strategy!
About Wild Zora, in their own words
"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."
Even more about Wild Zora: their video introduction
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What makes Wild Zora bars so much better than something like, say, a Clif bar?
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.
Are these AIP (autoimmune protocol) friendly?
The Curry Turkey Wild Zora Wild Zora bars are not AIP-friendly, but keep reading! They are still paleo certified, Whole30 approved, and full of seriously delicious real food, just like all of their bars. (The Lamb bars are, indeed, AIP-friendly!)