Paleo snack bars
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!
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Admit it. You can't just say "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme", you have to sing it!
But have you actually used this famous herb combo in your cooking? We have. It's one of the things that makes our new Apple Pork bar so tasty.
When we set out to create the new flavor, we faced several challenges. We knew we wanted to create a snack that's AIP compliant and allium-free, meaning it had no onions or garlic. It's important to us to accommodate our friends with food sensitivities. But if you ever tried to cook without onions and garlic, you know that the resulting dish isn't often bursting with flavor. Even more challenging: the new flavor was going to be made with pork. Onions and garlic are natural companions of pork meat and without them, it tastes bland. We are Wild Zora, not Bland Zora! We experimented with a variety of seasonings, but in the end decided to go with the herb combo immortalized in Scarborough Fair: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Why these four?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme have been used for centuries both as remedies and as seasoning.
Although we associate the four herbs with the "Scarborough Fair", the herby refrain is a relatively new addition to the old song; it's believed to originate in the 19th century.
It's entirely possible that the names of herbs simply made it into the song because they sound nice. But the herbs also carry symbolic meaning. The language of flowers was highly popular in the 19th century; it was a way to send cryptic messages through flower arrangement. Could parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme serve as a way to send a secret message to the "true love of mine"?
That's all very interesting, but what does it have to with you? You can try to send a bouquet to your ex and hope she is well versed in Victorian ways. Maybe she will let go of her bitter feelings, find strength and wisdom to remember the love you shared, and have the courage to be happy with you again. Or not. In that case, you can use the herbs for cooking.
They taste great together
Don't take our word for it, try it for yourself. Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme add fresh herby flavor to any dish. Try it in stews, or with poultry. Stuff your Thanksgiving turkey with a big bunch of those flavorful herbs. Here is an everyday recipe using these wonderful herbs:
We found that parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme taste wonderful with pork. Next time you are making pork roast or pork chops, try this flavorful foursome. Or, order some Apple Pork Wild Zora bars today!
They are good for you
Like many culinary herbs, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme have strong medicinal properties.
This humble herb often used only as garnish and discarded is a nutritional powerhouse. Parsley is rich in vitamins A, K, B, and C; in fact, it contains more vitamin C than oranges. It's also a great source of calcium and iron. To boost your immune system, add fresh chopped parsley on top of your favorite savory dishes. It's a mild diuretic, so it supports kidney health. Like many green plants, it's rich in chlorophyl which helps fight off bad breath. If you enjoy foods heavily seasoned with garlic, try chewing a few sprigs of fresh parsley after the meal to combat garlic breath.
It's a mild diuretic, so it supports kidney health. Like many green plants, it's rich in chlorophyll which helps fight off bad breath. If you enjoy foods heavily seasoned with garlic, try chewing a few sprigs of fresh parsley after the meal to combat garlic breath.
Parsley is readily available in most grocery stores, but it's very easy to grow. It's best to start it from seed since the plant has deep roots that might make transplanting difficult. It grows well in containers and requires well-drained soil.
The Latin name for sage, Salvia (Salvia Officinalis), is related to the word salvus, which means "healthy", or salvare, "to save". It has been used for centuries to ease indigestion from heavy meals. Sage has many benefits and deserves to be a regular part of your diet.
Because of its antibacterial properties, sage infusion makes a wonderful mouthwash or face wash, if you struggle with acne. It's also a great gargle for a sore throat.
Many people are hesitant to use sage as a culinary herb because of its strong, somewhat medicinal taste. It works well paired with other herbs - in our Scarborough Fair combo, the bitterness of sage is balanced out by the mild sweetness of parsley. It works really well in our Apple Pork bar - it tames the sweet apple and complements the succulent pork.
When grown outdoors, sage forms an attractive low shrub with silvery leaves and purple blossoms. It does well in dry, sunny spots. If you grow it indoors it stays fairly small and likely won't bloom.
Rosemary brings bright, slightly woodsy flavor to our combination. You will barely taste it in the Apple Pork bar, but it helps bring out the mild flavor of the all-natural pork and balances out the sweet notes of apples and cinnamon.
Thyme has been highly regarded by herbalists for centuries. It has been used as an antiseptic and room deodorizer. To this day, thyme is used to help ease symptoms of respiratory illnesses; it eases coughing and fever and also alleviates headaches. It was used to relieve asthma symptoms in medieval times.
As a culinary herb, thyme is indispensable. It's used in many herb mixes, including bouquet garni, and it is a staple in Italian cuisine. Its bright, comforting flavor goes really well with fish and seafood. If you would like to eat more fish for its health benefits but find the fishy taste off-putting, try seasoning it with thyme and lemon.
If you want to enjoy fresh thyme, you can grow it both outdoors and indoors. As an outdoors plant, thyme is a beautiful addition to a rock garden. It is an easy plant to grow; it doesn't need really rich soil and prefers dry, sunny spots. When you grow thyme in a container, make sure you don't overwater it.
Make parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme your kitchen staple. Not only do they bring a comforting herby flavor to many dishes, they also have many health benefits. That's why we added them to our new AIP compliant Apple Pork bar. Have you tried it yet?
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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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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!