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.
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.
The Turkey Masala 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 Masala 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!
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:
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 Turkey Masala 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!)