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Wild Zora is a family-owned business out of Loveland, Colorado. They make healthy meat and veggie bars using only quality ingredients. The company produces, packages and ships everything from its Colorado facility, which enables Wild Zora to maintain such a high-quality standard.
A few years ago, our kids’ swim teacher introduced me to Wild Zora when she handed me a couple of their meat bars. Until then, the snacks we had at home consisted mostly of nuts, fruits, or some Paleo-friendly granola bars. Meat or veggie bars were not on our radar. At that time, I didn’t even know you could get the combination of meat and veggies in a snack bar.
But even before I had tried Wild Zora’s meat snacks, we decided to make some adjustments to our snacking behavior, especially while traveling. It wasn’t that we ate unhealthy snacks, but I wanted to introduce more protein and fat while reducing carbs.
Wild Zora Review – Healthy Meat & Veggie Bars
Most meat snack manufacturers outsource everything from their cooking to packaging to shipping. So you’ve got no way of knowing where, or under what conditions, the products are produced in.
Experts call that “co-packing” and it is pretty standard in the industry. Wild Zora doesn’t do that. Additionally, the Colorado company uses a low-heat slow-dehydration method to process their meat snacks. That reduces the risk of the formation of so-called carcinogens, a fancy name for compounds that can cause cancer.
Most competitors use high-heat grilling, frying, broiling, or baking to prepare their products. That not only destroys many nutrients but it can also lead to the formation of these dangerous chemicals.
As with everything I consider eating, I ran Wild Zora through our “healthy food checklist” before admitting their meat and veggie bars to our pantry. So let’s have a look at their ingredients.
Wild Zora ingredients
Wild Zora offers different proteins, veggies, and fruits in their bars but they all have a few attributes in common. All meat snacks recipes are free of:
- Added sugar,
- Artificial ingredients,
- Grain (Gluten),
- Dairy (Milk),
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer you can find in many processed foods,
- Antibiotics, and
- Chemical additives.
Wild Zora doesn’t claim that their snacks are sugar-free because some of their ingredients, such as tomatoes, dates, or apricots naturally contain sugar. Despite some of that natural sugar, all of their bars have a low glycemic index (GI).
That means, your body converts the sugar in the bars slowly, thus preventing an insulin spike. That makes Wild Zora bars ideal for anyone with diabetes or other issues related to blood sugar. Of course, all of their veggies are 100% organic.
The beef in Wild Zora’s paleo snack bars is “100% grass-fed, completely natural and humanely raised on pasture with no added growth hormones or antibiotics.” That’s the most expensive way of raising cattle, but it results in the highest quality meat.
Beyond beef, all of the animals that Wild Zora gets its meat from are raised free-range and on-pasture, including turkey, lamb, and pork. Most importantly, Wild Zora makes sure that farmers treat all of their animals humanely and with respect. In my opinion, that is as important as any label or certification.
Wild Zora & Paleo
If you have read my blog in the past, you may know that our family is on a Paleo diet. So I am excited that Wild Zora has a dedicated line of snacks to cater to Paleo enthusiasts. A few months ago, I realized that they also offer a snack bar that doesn’t contain onion or garlic. I am sensitive to these two ingredients, so I much appreciate that I can get a Paleo-compatible meat snack without them.
However, Wild Zora doesn’t stop at Paleo. Additionally, they cater to a variety of different dietary lifestyles, including:
- Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)