Yes, close your eyes and you can taste the carnitas (braised Mexican shredded pork). But unlike carnitas or tacos, the Wild Zora Taco Pork bar fits in your pocket. It’s not messy or sticky. Did we mention it was tasty?
Wait, there is more. It’s healthy! Did you know jalapeño and cilantro have medicinal properties?
Are jalapeños good for you?
Just like any of its cousins in the pepper family, jalapeños are rich in vitamin C, helping boost your immunity, fight free radicals, and support healthy bones, teeth and gums. You will find a hefty dose of vitamin A in jalapeños, too.
The compound that makes jalapeño a health powerhouse, however, is capsaicin. It is the naturally occurring chemical that gives peppers their heat. Capsaicin is a stimulant, similar to caffeine, without the unpleasant side effects, like caffeine “jitters” or heart palpitations.
Capsaicin is also known to have pain-relieving properties. It is used in natural ointments to help combat arthritis and muscle pain. There are studies that suggest that capsaicin can help curb your appetite and as such, can be helpful if you are struggling with portion control.
Not ready to bite into a raw jalapeño? Try our Taco Pork bar. The jalapeño is carefully blended with other spices and aromatics, creating a pleasant warmth.
Health Benefits of Cilantro
Many people hate cilantro with a passion. It’s rarely a love at the first bite, but if you're not a cilantro fan, you might want to give it one more chance. If you're already a cilantro fan, then you'll definitely want to eat more!
Cilantro, or coriander leaves, is rich in vitamins, fiber, and minerals. It’s one of the best sources of vitamin K. It has antiseptic properties and also eases digestive issues, namely excess gas. It supports kidney health and it is believed to be a powerful aid in body cleansing.
Still can’t get over the flavor? Start small; chop a few leaves and add them to your salsa. Or, grab a Taco Pork bar — the cilantro is present in the blend, but it's very subtle.
Wait! What about the meat? Is pork healthy?
Pork is rarely considered to be “healthy food”, which is unfair: pork is rich in B vitamins, selenium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Unfortunately, pork is often consumed in the form of sausages, bacon, and other cured meats, which tend to be high in salt, nitrates, added sugar, and preservatives (things that Wild Zora would NEVER use)!
On top of that, the majority of commercially produced pork is laden with antibiotics because the pigs often live in horrible conditions. The pigs are forced to live in confined spaces, sometimes in their own filth. Such environments don't produce healthy animals, as you can imagine. Pigs are not picky eaters and some "farmers" will feed them all sorts scraps, including rendered pig flesh. Doesn't sound healthy, does it?
Luckily, there are farmers who are determined to raise pigs in the way nature intended, and because Zora insisted, we found pig farmers who raise their pigs naturally, with respect to their needs and health.
Our piggies have plenty of space, fresh air, and fresh, clean straw for bedding. The farmers feed them a vegetarian diet, rich in protein. They are healthy, so they don’t need antibiotics. We take animal welfare seriously and we were happy to find farmers whose standards match ours. We were delighted when we tasted this pork! With just the right marbling, it's succulent and rich tasting. And because we know the hogs were living healthy lives, we know this is healthy meat. Try it for yourself!
ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR PORK TACO BARS?
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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.
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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Good food starts with good ingredients. That's exactly what you get whenever you take a bite of a Wild Zora bar.
Is your beef organic?
The Label Confusion
"Organic" label is not the only one that can be misleading. When you shop for beef, you will notice there is grass-fed, grass-finished, natural, 100% grass-fed... what does it mean?
What's the problem with grain-fed beef?
It's not healthy for the animals
It's not healthy for you
How about environmental impact?
You might have heard that grass-fed cattle produce more methane, which is a greenhouse gas. Articles pushing this outdated claim tend to overlook all the benefits.
Carbon dioxide reduction
Less dependency on fossil fuels
Did we mention that grass-fed beef also tastes better? To see for yourself, try some today!