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    Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

    Delightful Lamb: Ingredient Spotlight

    Delightful Lamb: Ingredient Spotlight

    Only the best ingredients make their way into the Wild Zora Bars. We talked about the grass-fed beef, now let’s shed some light on our lamb.

    The Mediterranean Lamb Bar is one of our bestsellers.  No wonder: it's Paleo certified, Whole30 approved, AIP compliant....and delicious!


    We were determined to find the best lamb possible. We wanted to know that the animals are fully grass-fed and are free to roam.  We prefer to work with local farmers, so we can see the living conditions of the animals of ourselves.  Because the meat labels don't have a unified standard, we decided not to rely on them. We knew we wanted grass-fed lamb.

     

    Why pasture-raised lamb?

    It tastes better

    Sheep have a fairly high amount of body fat and grain diet will only increase it, resulting in unpleasantly greasy meat.  

    It's better for you

    Texture and flavor aside, lambs that eat grass, similarly to grass-fed beef, are higher in nutrients. Lamb is an excellent source of vitamin B, iron, and CLA.

    CLA benefits

     It helps the environment

    Sheep are excellent natural lawn mowers. They only eat the top parts of grasses and other plants, not pulling their roots.  Unlike goats, sheep are not picky eaters and will eat a variety of weeds, eliminating the need for pesticides.

     

    "So, why is your lamb labeled 'All Natural'?" 

     

    When we tried a “100% grass-fed” labeled lamb from Colorado, we weren't impressed.  Although Colorado is one of the top lamb producers in the US, the harsh winters impact the taste if the animals aren't allowed to go in the barns when they choose.  The lamb we tasted wasn't quite fatty enough, resulting in a tough texture and a "gamey" taste.  Because we promised to bring you snacks that are not only healthy but also taste great, the "grass-fed" lamb just didn't meet our standards.

    Now we use an “all-natural” lamb from a local rancher in Colorado that doesn’t have the official certifications, but the animals have the ability to move freely in and out of the barns as they choose, they look healthy and happy, and the taste is superior.  The meat is still completely free of growth hormones and antibiotics.  Knowing all this is far more important to us than a flashy label.

    Pairing the tender local lamb with rosemary and turmeric resulted in a meat bar that will take your snacking to another level.  Are you ready for your Wild Zora Lamb Bar?

     

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    When to Avoid Nightshades

    When to Avoid Nightshades

     

    Nightshades, a large family of plants that include such kitchen staples as tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and paprika, are a dietary issue for some people.  Wild Zora now offers TWO delicious nightshade-free snacks.


    Nightshades are blamed for increased inflammation and a host of other medical issues, such as migraines, GI tract irritation, and arthritis flare-ups, among others. 

    The culprit is a group of alkaloids these plants contain.  One of them, called solanine, impacts metabolism of neurotransmitters which means it can negatively affect your nervous system if it builds up in your body.  That certainly sounds scary, but remember that many nightshades, like peppers and tomatoes, are full of vitamin C and other antioxidants.  Furthermore, ripe nightshade fruits and vegetables contain only traces of alkaloids and won't affect most people.

     

    Nightshade vegetables

    Source: draxe.com

    Artichokes, cherries, huckleberries, and blueberries don't belong to the nightshade family, but they also contain solanine.

    At this point, there are no major scientific studies on the effects of nightshades. Anecdotal evidence has linked nightshade consumption to rheumatoid arthritis in certain people, however, there are also many people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, but nightshades don’t seem to have any impact on them.  It has been suggested that some people are more sensitive to alkaloids than others.

    Some can also have an allergic reaction to nightshades.  The reactions can vary from a rash to anaphylaxis.  The nightshade allergy is rather rare, so is not considered a common allergen.

     


     

    How do you find out if nightshades cause your painful arthritis flare-ups or leaky gut? 

    1. Start by keeping a food journal.  Check labels carefully and ask questions when you eat at a restaurant.  Don't forget to write down any medications, vitamins, and supplements you take.  Note all the symptoms you experience.

    2. Try to avoid nightshades for at least two weeks.  This can be tricky because nightshades are common ingredients in many foods.  Be careful with spice mixes and store-bought salad dressings, as they often contain paprika or cayenne pepper.

    3. Share your food journal with your doctor.  The information you gathered will help you both determine whether nightshades are the culprit behind your condition.

    Eating a nightshade-free diet can be challenging, but it's not impossible, and Wild Zora is here to help: our Mediterranean Lamb bar was our first nightshade-free flavor and we added a new nightshade-free Apple Pork flavor.

     

    Nightshade-free Apple Pork Wild Zora Bar

     

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    Love Pork? Boy, Do We Have News For You!

    Love Pork? Boy, Do We Have News For You!

    Natural Pork

    Yes, we completed two new paleo snack recipes featuring pork and you can be among the first people to try them!

    Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign, you will have the opportunity to enjoy our new Taco Pork paleo snack bars or the AIP-friendly Apple Pork at an introductory price. Can't decide? We have a pledge level that allows you to get both!

    Visit our Kickstarter page today to get early access these new and amazing recipes!

    Which one will be your new favorite Paleo snack bar? Lively, mouthwatering Taco Pork, with jalapeño, lime, and cilantro? Or the comfort food on the go, Apple Pork, with familiar notes of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme?

    Let us know in comments!

    Wild Zora Kickstarter

     

    5 Reasons to travel with Wild Zora

    5 Reasons to travel with Wild Zora

    Why do you like Wild Zora?

    We asked and you answered. The number 1 reason people like Wild Zora bars is for travel and those times in-between meals when they can't find or have time for some REAL FOOD.

    Here are the top 5 reasons why you need Wild Zora on your next trip.

    1. Real Food

    Oftentimes when traveling,  you will find yourself in a nutritional void known as the Food Desert. Access to healthy food is limited or non-existent.  You feel stuck, trying to choose a lesser evil.   Luckily, that Wild Zora in your bag provides balanced nutrition with less sugar, grains, and starch than conventional snacks.  With organic fruits and veggies and responsibly raised meats, Wild Zora has your back. 

    2. Handy

    What better way to get some healthy sustenance than with easy-to-handle meat and veggie bars made from minimally processed meat, mixed with organic veggies and no artificial ingredients?  The bars are not sticky and although they resemble jerky, they are tender and easy to chew.  You can take a Wild Zora bar with you and enjoy only the highest quality food ingredients on-the-go wherever you go.

     

    3. No Chemicals or Allergens

    Wild Zora contains NO chemical preservatives or ingredients that you can't pronounce.  We also have NO added sugar or processed sweeteners, hormones or antibiotics, gluten, nuts/peanuts/tree-nuts, soy, MSG, or milk (except for our Parmesan Beef flavor). On top of that, we provide flavors that have NO nightshades and are AIP-friendly (our Lamb flavor and soon, the new Apple Pork).  That's a lot of NOs that we're awfully proud of. 

     

     4. Energy

    Wild Zora bars use only low Glycemic Index carbohydrates such as healthy, high-fiber, organic fruits and vegetables which provide you with longer lasting energy without the sugar high and inevitable crash. This comes in very handy while traveling, wouldn't you say?

     

    5.Tasty!

    Oh, and did we mention that Wild Zora Meat & Veggie bars are extremely tasty? That's the most important part! With five globally inspired flavors, it's hard to pick a favorite.


    So there you have it. The top 5 reasons why Wild Zora is your new favorite travel buddy.  Which one will accompany you on your next adventure?

     

     

     

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