Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

Awhile back I reviewed Exo and Chapul, cricket flour based protein bars, and compared the two since they both were very similar product offerings. At the time I had harsh words to say about Chapul because they had way too much sugar, barely any fat and a minimal amount of protein. Here is a quote from my last review:

Chapul has very little fat since there are no nuts and coconut. Therefore leaving the Chapul bar a very high carb snack that will leave you with with a sugar crash quickly after consuming it.

Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

You can read the full review here, but that all sounds pretty terrible for Chapul. However, I was recently contacted by a Chapul representative and was told that they’ve taken in a bunch of feedback from customers and critics and have totally reformulated their recipes to contain more protein and less sugar. I was told that the changes were made to improve the nutritional benefits of the bars and to follow consumer health trends. That was the pitch I was told, so let’s take a closer look at how these bars have reinvented themselves and to see if they’ve redeemed themselves in my eyes from being a low fat, high sugar, low protein bar!

As always we will be reviewing these reformulated bars for: Nutritional Profile, Affordability, Taste. Let’s get to it!

Nutritional Profile

Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

Now this is where the rubber meets the road, or the cricket meets the… grass? Bad joke sorry. Ok so they sent me their sampler pack which has one of each of their bars. I’ve listed below the new nutritional profiles for each of their bars:

Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

Chapul Matcha Green Tea & Banana
Total Fat: 10g
Total Carbohydrate: 14g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 8g)
Protein: 10g
Ingredients: Coconut Nectar, Chapul Protein Blend (Chapul Cricekt Flour[Brown Crickets, Acheta Domesticus], Pea Protein, Rice Protein), Almond Butter, Tahini, Dried Bananas, Date Paste, *Sesame Seeds, Pea Protein Crisps, Green Tea Extract, Matcha Tea Powder, Vanilla Extract, Natural Banana Flavor, Salt, Monk Fruit Extract. *Organic

Chapul Chaco: Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Total Fat: 13g
Total Carbohydrate: 15g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 8g)
Protein: 10g
Ingredients: Coconut Nectar, Peanuts, Date Paste (Chapul Cricket Flour[Brown Crickets, Acheta Domesticus], Pea Protein, Rice Protein), Cocoa Powder, Sunflower Butter, Cacao Nibs, Salt, Vanilla Extract, Monk Fruit Extract. *Organic

Chapul Thai: Coconut & Ginger with Lime
Total Fat: 15g
Total Carbohydrate: 15g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 9g)
Protein: 11g
Ingredients: Coconut Nectar, Date Paste, Sunbutter, Almond Butter, Almond Pieces, Chapul Protein Blend (Chapul Cricekt Flour[Brown Crickets, Acheta Domesticus], Pea Protein, Rice Protein), Coconut Flakes, Powdered Ginger, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Monk Fruit Extract, Lime Oil. *Organic

Chapul Aztec: Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Cayenne
Total Fat: 10g
Total Carbohydrate: 18g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 9g)
Protein: 10g
Ingredients: Sunbutter, Coconut Nectar, Date Paste, Chapul Protein Blend (Chapul Cricket Flour[Brown Crickets, Acheta Domesticus], Pea Protein, Rice Protein), Cocoa Powder, Cocao Nibs, Pea Protein Crisps, Coffee Grounds, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg, Cayenne Powder, Monk Fruit Extract. *Organic

Ok so that’s a lot to look at but I wanted to get each bars new formulation listed here so we can take a look at a few things. I want to see how this new formula stacks up to their old formula and how it stacks up to my all time favorite primal protein bar: Exo. First let’s take a look at what they’ve done new here. Here is their old formula from my previous review of the Chapul Aztec: Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Cayenne bar:

Chapul Aztec

Old Chapul Aztec: Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Cayenne
Total Fat: 2g
Total Carbohydrate: 36g (Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 25g)
Protein: 5g
Ingredients: Organic Dates, Cocoa, Chapul Cricket Flour (Brown Cricket, Acheta Domestica), Organic Espresso Roast Coffee Beans, Cayenne.

WOW. First off congratulations to Chapul for seriously changing up the nutritional profile of these bars. Honestly, this is a pretty substantial change. Just looking at the fat, carbs and protein what do we see? First off this is no longer a low fat bar. This bar now has a pretty substantial amount of fat in it which will be good for your fat burning beast energy needs. Second we see the carbs drop WAY down from 36g to 16g. Amazing they cut it in half, with now only 9g of sugar per bar. That’s pretty great. Third is the protein… Now by the numbers this is great, they’ve doubled the protein from 5g to 10g. How did they go about doing this? Well, by the ingredients you can now see they’re doing a “Chapul Protein Blend” which is Cricket Flour, Pea Protein and Rice Protein. When I first saw this I reached out to Chapul and asked why they made this change and they said they “added a blend of other protein sources to increase the protein and the taste of our products.” It would’ve been nice to see these bars use 100% cricket protein for their protein source but I see the reasons they incorporated this blend – also I’m sure it’s cheaper to use a blend like this instead of pure cricket flour which helps brings the cost of the bars down or improves their profit margins.

Now let’s see how this new recipe compares to my all time favorite protein bar by Exo:

Exo Cocoa Nut

Exo Cocoa Nut
Total Fat: 20g
Total Carbohydrate: 23g (Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 13g)
Protein: 10g
Ingredients: Almonds, Dates, Coconut, Honey, Cricket Flour (Acheta Domesticus), Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Ground Flaxseeds, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.

What I love about Exo is they taste great, have 10g of protein, have a good amount of fat to sustain your energy needs and are relatively low in sugar. Chapul’s new recipe however almost gives my favorite Exo bar a run for it’s money! It doesn’t have nearly as much fat but it’s still a great improvement from before. The protein is matched at 10g granted it’s now a blend instead of pure cricket flour like Exo – but it has fewer carbs and sugar than Exo. Definitely a worthy competitor to my favorite Exo bar.

All of these bars have varying ingredients like ginger and coffee and matcha to get those variations in the bar flavors, but I like how they’ve added more nuts and seeds to each of their bars. I like the sunflower butter and almond butter additions to these bars to bring up their fat content. Also the fact that they add in Monk fruit is a good way to make the bars still taste sweet while keeping them low in sugar. Kudos Chapul.

Overall, great job Chapul on the new recipes!

Affordability

Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

New Chapul Aztec: Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Cayenne
Price per bar: $2.55 (subscription)
Price per 12 bar box: $30.60 (subscription)

Old Chapul Aztec: Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Cayenne
Price per bar: $2.83
Price per 12 bar box: $34.00

Exo Cocoa Nut
Price per bar: $2.66 (subscription)
Price per 12 bar box: $32.00 (subscription)

There really isn’t too much to say here regarding price. They stack up more or less the same to a bar this quality. I’ve included their pricing from my previous review because I think they now have a subscription model like Exo which brings their price per bar down. I haven’t seen the price of these in my local health food store but they may be slightly cheaper there especially if they’re on sale.

As I’ve said before, I’m willing to pay almost $3 per bar for something like this because it’s a pretty substantial snack. It’s not just some high carb-no protein-low fat bar like Nutrigrain bars or something. You’re going to have to pay slightly more for a bar made with real food – and I’m ok with that.

Taste

Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

With these new recipes these really are brand new bars. Granted they have the same names, they have so many different ingredients that I was really excited to see how they taste. I ate these over the course of a week so I could eat it after working out and swimming and see how long it kept me satiated, as well as really getting a sense of what each bar tastes like. I didn’t want to just bite a piece off of each and tell you how they kinda taste. And just to get it out of the way, no, none of these bars had cricket legs or antennas in them. The crickets are not noticeable. Specifically because it’s a powder/flour from ground up crickets. If you’ve never had a bar made out of crickets, you should try these bars. It’s not a big deal. Now that we got the cricket thing out of the way. Let’s see what each bar tastes like:

Chapul Matcha Green Tea & Banana
You really taste the banana in this bar. It has a nice crunch from the sesame seeds and pea protein crisps but the texture is kind of grainy for some reason? I’m not exactly sure why. The bar is significantly sweeter than the others. I do like the taste though, it just really leaves a banana taste in your mouth. So if you don’t like bananas probably stay away from this bar. I like bananas though so I really enjoyed this bar.

Chapul Chaco: Peanut Butter & Chocolate
This one is more chocolatey than it is peanut butterey. Very filling bar. Though peanut putter isn’t Paleo, I still enjoyed this bar very much. It has a little bit of a crunch with the bits of peanut pieces. This bar was slightly more chewy than the others but that may be because it was a colder day when I ate it. If I left this in my car on a warm day I imagine it would be very soft and gooey. Mmm.

Chapul Thai: Coconut & Ginger with Lime
This one is probably my second favorite bar. It has a really good ginger taste at first and then and once you start chewing you really taste the coconut. The texture of this bar is good, it doesn’t have too much crunch nor is it too grainy. I really like the taste of this one, there isn’t one flavor that’s too overpowering which I like. All the flavors go together very well including the hint of lime.

Chapul Aztec: Dark Chocolate, Coffee & Cayenne
This one is probably my most favorite bar. I really like the taste. Just a little hint of the cayenne. Definitely more filling with the seed butter. Nice texture not too chewy. Similar texture to a Larabar. You can taste the crunch of the crisps and some coffee bean flakes.

Conclusion

I really think Chapul has a done a great job at improving the nutritional profile of their bars while still tasting amazing and I’m so glad they took the time to reach out to me and let me know they reformulated their bars. To be honest I kind of wrote them off in my mind because I was never too excited to eat a 36g carb protein bar with low fat and low protein. So thank you Chapul for the samples, reaching out to me and for reinventing your cricket protein bars!

Buy some samples and decide for yourself:*
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*After you figure out which flavor of Chapul you like I suggest you sign up for a subscription.
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Reformulated Chapul Cricket Bar Review

Wilde Snack Bar Review

Wilde Snack Bars

If you’ve been around this blog for awhile now you’re probably aware that I’m always on the hunt for the perfect primal protein bar/snack. And I’d say we’ve come pretty close to some great primal bars out there, ones that are made of crickets, egg whites or straight up real meat. Today though I have another review of some really tasty and surely primal bars for you guys to check out called Wilde Snack Bars (not to be confused with the Wildway Granola I reviewed). For this Wilde Snack Bar Review we’re gonna take a look at how they stack up against other protein bars in regards to Nutritional Profile, Affordability and Taste.

Wilde Snack Bar Review

Wilde Snack Bars come out to be very similar to the Epic Bars that are out there since their protein source is real meat: turkey, beef, chicken, etc… – but Wilde’s unique blend of ingredients make these bars slightly sweeter and crunchier. I first saw them on someone’s Instagram and immediately reached out to Wilde to see if I can review some of their bars and they were more than willing to hook it up – and hook it up they did. They sent a giant box of all their flavors for me to review. So let’s get to it!

Wilde Snack Bars Nutrition

Nutritional profile

Since both Wilde and Epic make their protein bars with real meat, I think it’s only fitting to look at how the two stack up against one another. Epic has a lot of different flavors but I picked out the Bison, Bacon and Cranberry bar to compare with Wilde’s Maple Bacon Blueberry bar.

Wilde’s Maple Bacon Blueberry bar
Total Fat: 1.5g
Total Carbohydrate: 10g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 5g)
Protein: 11g
Ingredients: Free Range Turkey, Cane Sugar, Rice Syrup Solids, Uncured Bacon – No Nitrates Or Nitrites Added Except For Sea Salt And Celery Juice (Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Sugar, Natural Flavoring, Celery Juice, Lactic Acid Starter Culture), Date Paste, Organic Whole Grain Yellow Cornmeal, Vegetable Glycerin, Chia Seeds, Dried Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed, Sea Salt, Quinoa, Maple Syrup, Natural Flavors, Hickory Salt (Salt, Molasses, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor)

Epic’s Bison, Bacon and Cranberry bar
Total Fat: 8g
Total Carbohydrate: 10g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 7g)
Protein: 8g
Ingredients: Bison, Uncured Bacon- – No Nitrates Added (Pork, Water, Brown Sugar, Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder, Sea Salt), Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Lactic Acid (Not from milk), Celery Powder, Sea Salt.

Wilde Snack Bar Nutrition

Woah, at first glance what do you see? Wilde has a bunch of ingredients and both are pretty low in fat more or less. Let’s focus on the ingredients first. These type of bars are really a take on Pemmican. What’s Pemmican you ask? According to Wikipedia it’s “a concentrated mixture of fat and protein used as a nutritious food. The specific ingredients used were usually whatever was available; the meat was often bison, deer, elk, or moose. Fruits such as cranberries and saskatoon berries were sometimes added. Blueberries, cherries, chokeberries, and currants were also used…”

So that’s pretty much what you see in the ingredients of both bars: Lean Protein, Fats and Dried Fruits. The only things that stick out to me in the ingredients of Wilde’s bars are the rice solid syrups, cornmeal and vegetable glycerin. Rice syrup is basically a glucose syrup like corn syrup, but it’s deprived from rice. Not a big deal, but it’s still a grain, and it definitely makes these bars sweet. Cornmeal, well corn is not a vegetable it’s a grain also, but cornmeal is basically a flour made from corn. Both ingredients still gluten free but not necessarily paleo or primal. Then we have vegetable glycerin which according to this is a “clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil”. I’m not sure what this one is derived from in this particular case, but the package doesn’t say contains coconut or soy so I don’t think it’s coconut oil or soybean oil. So it could be palm oil. Nevertheless the rice syrup and corn aren’t necessarily paleo, but their still gluten free in nature and shouldn’t be an issue because they’re probably such small amounts in each bar.

Wilde Snack Bars Card Back

Compared to Epic bar, their list of ingredients is a lot smaller but contains a similar nutritional profile. Epic’s has a little more fat per bar than Wilde – However I would like to see these bars have much more fat per bar since we know fat is the body’s preferred source of fuel. Once again that’s why I love the nutritional profile of Exo bars because it has such a high fat content therefore sustaining you longer.

All in all both bars are great bars and we’ll get into this in the taste section but it would come down to if you want a bar that is sweeter or saltier. If sweeter – then the unique blend of ingredients in Wilde’s are probably your best bet but if you want a saltier/meatier tasting bar I’d go with Epic’s.

Wilde Snack Bars

Affordability

As we know by now, food that’s good for you is always expensive. Every affordability comparison I do of these bars comes out way more than a nutrigrain bar I know. But we are’t concerned with those junk bars. We are looking for a nutritious primal protein bar that will sustain us through whatever our day throws at us! So let’s see what it’ll cost us to get our hands (and teeth) on these bars.

Wilde’s Maple Bacon Blueberry bar
Price per bar: $2.96
Price per 15 bar box: $44.53
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Epic’s Bison, Bacon and Cranberry bar
Price per bar: $2.35
Price per 12 bar box: $28.31
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Both of these bars are up there in price, around $2-$3 per bar. The Epic bars are a little cheaper per bar and may even be cheaper in stores if you see them. I think they are in a lot of grocery stores now. I’m not sure yet how widely Wilde’s bars are distributed so they come out to be a little more expensive. But you are paying for quality ingredients made from a real protein source – lean meat. They are pretty similar in price though to RXBARs or Exo bars. All in all they’re still a great option, price wise, for a quick on the go snack that is made from real food – you’re just going to have to pay for the quality and convenience.

Wilde Snack Bars Taste

Taste

Now onto taste! The four bars that were sent to me are listed below and I made some notes about how each tasted. I do believe my favorite was the Maple Bacon Blueberry Bar. All of the bars, however, are very tasty and very moist. Very easy to eat and as I mentioned earlier they all tend to be on the sweeter side so if you like sweet snacks then these are a great option for you, but if you’re a salty snack kinda person I would say check out the Epic bars.

Maple Bacon Blueberry bar
Just the right amount of sweetness and smokiness. It’s a pretty good bar. Not too chewy just the right amount of moisture.

Turkey Cranberry Bar
Really soft and I could taste the peppery and slight sage. Just the right amount of sweetness. Not overpowering.

Peach BBQ bar
Super soft. Perfect flavor. Reminds me of the softness of Krave jerky but even softer. Not overly sweet. Just a little hint of sweet peachy flavor. This one was really good.

Sweet Thai Basil Bar
Once again very soft and sweet. This one has a little kick to it and a nice little touch with the basil. I love the taste of basil and you can pick it up a little in this.

Wilde Snack Bars Card

Conclusion

Thank you Wilde Snacks for sending me these amazing bars. These are all definitely up there on my go-to primal protein bar list as they use a real protein source, they actually taste pretty darn good and they don’t taste like anything out there on the market right now. So be sure to check them out. You can order some online in the links below or their site says they’re available at these stores: Alfalfa’s, Natural Grocers, Bristol Farms, Lucky’s Market, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Market of Choice and Sprouts. Thanks for reading!

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The Primal Pantry Paleo Bar Review

The Primal Pantry Paleo Bars

This review of The Primal Pantry Paleo Bars is a little different from my typical Paleo protein bar reviews, because these bars were given to me as a gift from my mother in law while she was on a trip to South Africa and because they really aren’t “protein” bars. Sure they have protein in them from the nuts and stuff but these particular ones aren’t marketed as protein bars. Though this company does have some protein bars coming out that I hopefully will be able to get my hands on to review.

So nevertheless these are bars marketed at the Primal community so I thought it would be fun to review these. Of course we will be reviewing the three categories like we always do: Nutritional Profile, Affordability, Taste. Let’s get to it!

Nutritional profile

The Primal Pantry Paleo Bar

I think the best bar that we can compare these to are Larabars. Primarily because they both have the same ingredients more or less, and aren’t specifically marketed as protein bars. So let’s take a look at how these bars break down to the typical Larabar.

Larabar Coconut Cream Pie
Total Fat: 10g
Total Carbohydrate: 31g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 24g)
Protein: 3g
Ingredients: Dates, Unsweetened Coconut, Almonds, Cashews, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

The Primal Pantry Coconut & Macadamia Raw Paleo Bar
Total Fat: 14.8g
Total Carbohydrate: 16.8g (Dietary Fiber 2.8g, Sugars 14.9g)
Protein: 3.8g
Ingredients: Dates, Coconut, Cashews, Macadamia, Almond Oil

Both of these bars have a lot of good things going for them. They’re both made with minimal ingredients. They both taste amazing but where I see these Primal Pantry bars taking the cake – is that they are a little less heavy on the carbs. The Primal Pantry bars I think use a little less dates than Larabar uses. You can definitely tell by the taste since The Primal Pantry bars are noticeably less sweet – and it shows in the nutritional profile. I still love Larabars for the occasional treat but I like that these Primal Pantry bars are a little higher in fat and lower on carbs making the Primal Pantry bars a little less of a treat kind of bar and more of a functional bar providing good fat and not a huge dose of sugar.

Affordability

The Primal Pantry Paleo Bar

So how does the cost break down for both of these bars? This is where Larabar will probably stand out since you can get them pretty cheap at any Target in the US. The Primal Pantry is based out of the UK so it’s a little harder to get your hands on some cheaply.

Larabar Coconut Cream Pie
Price per bar: $1.04
Price per 16 bar box: $16.63

The Primal Pantry Coconut & Macadamia Raw Paleo Bar
Price per bar: $2.28
Price per 18 bar box: $41.00

Woah! That’s a pretty big difference in price. However it’s expected since these aren’t readily available in the US like I said. Not sure how much exactly they are at the typical market in the UK (any readers from the UK know how much these are?) I wouldn’t necessarily say go out and spend your $40 on these bars since they don’t really offer that much protein. I would say you should go buy some Exo bars or Primal Kitchen bars for that price. That way you’ll get more nutritional bang for your buck.

Anyway, they were free to me since they were a gift from my mother in law! But it sure would be nice is these were readily available in the US – say like Target or something like Larabars are. That way we would have a nice low sugar high fat option Primal bar that we could pick up easily.

Taste

The Primal Pantry Paleo Bar

They may be expensive for us over in the states, but they sure do taste good!

The Primal Pantry Coconut & Macadamia Raw Paleo Bar
Not even kidding these taste almost exactly like my favorite Larabar – Coconut Cream Pie. These bars just have way less sugar. This one was definitely my favorite. Very subtle coconut flavor mixed with dates and macadamias. And since the carbs were lower on this bar than Larabars you can definitely notice that these are less sweet, which I did’t mind.

The Primal Pantry Brazil Nut & Cherry Raw Paleo Bar
Very soft and not too chewy. Not too sweet either. I didn’t really taste much cherry. More of just the brazil nut flavor which wasn’t bad. This was probably my least favorite of the three.

The Primal Pantry Hazelnut & Cocoa Raw Paleo Bar
One again not too sweet – which isn’t bad. Nice cocoa flavor throughout. Just the right softness and not too chewy. There were a good amount of Hazelnuts throughout this bar and I just so happen to really like hazelnuts. This bar tasted great.

Conclusion

It was cool to try these bars – so thank you Suzanne! I really like the taste of these bars and that they are a lower sugar Larabar. I just really wish they were more affordable and in a Target or something over here. Thanks Primal Pantyr for making such a tasty bar. Thanks for reading everyone!

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Wildway Granola & Instant Hot Cereal Review

Wildway Granola

By now you know I’m a sucker for some good granola. Especially the kind that doesn’t have oats, which is pretty much every granola out there. I already found a really great granola, Paleonola, but browsing instagram one day I came across another contender in the Paleo granola market – Wildway. Which is great because the more companies, means the more competition to make great Paleo granola – and more flavors.

Wildway Instant Hot Cereal

Not only did I find some cool new Paleo granola, Wildway, I saw that they made a new product that I haven’t seen done before – basically a replacement for instant oatmeal! They call it instant hot cereal. It’s basically a ground up nut/seed mixture with dried dates and all you do is add hot water (hence the correlation to instant oatmeal) and voila – breakfast!

Wildway Instant Hot Cereal

So once I saw both of these products on their site I reached out to them to see if I could get my hands on their beautifully packaged products and they were more than happy to send me some samples of their granola and instant hot cereal.

As always with our product reviews, we will review the: Nutritional Profile, Affordability and Taste. Let’s get to it!

Nutritional Profile

Let’s take a look at their granola and instant hot cereal. First up their granola.

Wildway Granola

Wildway Apple Cinnamon
Total Fat: 10g
Total Carbohydrate: 12g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 8g)
Protein: 4g
Ingredients: Organic dates, apples, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dry roasted cashews (cashews, sea salt), pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean.

Paleonola Apple Pie
Total Fat: 15g
Total Carbohydrate: 7g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 4g)
Protein: 4g
Ingredients: Almonds, Pecans, Pepitas, Honey, Walnuts, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Dried Apple, Dried Coconut, Spices, Vanilla Extract. *Denotes Organic Ingredient

Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola
Total Fat: 3g
Total Carbohydrate: 10g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 4g)
Protein: 2g
Ingredients: Rolled oats, evaporated cane juice, soy oil, brown rice flour, flax seeds, hemp seeds, oat syrup solids* (oat syrup solids, tocopherols), sea salt, molasses. *Organic.

These two granolas, Paleonola and Wildway, are two different approaches to granola. Paleonola seems to roast their granola with coconut oil and such therefore giving way to a little more fat per serving than Wildway. There are slightly more carbs in Wildway’s granola than Paleonola, but that’s most likely due to the dates. Dates are pretty high in sugar. Both granolas though are much better options than the low fat high carb granolas like Nature’s path. Wildway fills you up and leaves you satisfied, while I could see myself downing a whole box of Nature’s Path and then feeling hungry in an hour.

I do like that Wildway and Paleonola take different approaches to sweetening their granolas. I wouldn’t say one is better than the other, just different. Some people may not do well with honey or dates so it’s a good thing we have options.

Now these hot cereals are something I’ve never seen so I had to google paleo instant oatmeal and I found this on Amazon. So here’s how the competition breaks down:

Wildway Instant Hot Cereal Nutrition Facts

Wildway Cinnamon Roll Instant Hot Cereal
Total Fat: 19g
Total Carbohydrate: 15g (Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 4g)
Protein: 7g
Ingredients: Walnuts, ground flaxseed, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, cinnamon, dried dates, vanilla bean.

Pure Traditions Instant Hot Cereal
Total Fat: 26g
Total Carbohydrate: 14g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 6g)
Protein: 14g
Ingredients: Hulled Hemp Seed, Almond, Organic Coconut, Organic Chia Seed, Organic Coconut Sugar, Konjac Root, Organic Cinnamon, Himalayan Pink Salt.

Quaker Apple & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
Total Fat: 2g
Total Carbohydrate: 33g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 12g)
Protein: 4g
Ingredients: Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Sugar, Dehydrated Apples (Treated With Sodium Sulfite To Promote Color Retention), Natural And Artificial Flavor, Salt, Cinnamon, Calcium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Guar Gum, Malic Acid, Niacinamide, Reduced Iron, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid*, Caramel Color

As you can see Quaker is obviously insane on carbs and offered little sustenance with only 2g of fat. I would feel sluggish and hungry after eating this instant oatmeal. So the real contender is between Wildway’s instant hot cereal and this one I had to look up from Pure Traditions (the serving size is a little larger for Pure Traditions, so the numbers are slightly inflated). Both take different approaches to sweetening and fat, which again is nice to have both options. One uses dates for the sweetener, and the other coconut sugar for the sweetener. One uses walnuts and cashews and the other uses hemp seeds and almonds. Both are still pretty high in fat, low on sugar and will offer a quick breakfast on the go. The Pure Traditions instant hot cereal does have double the protein which is pretty impressive, but this is probably attributed to the hemp seeds. You could do the same by throwing some hemp seeds on top of the Wildway instant hot cereal – which I normally keep on hand anyway for salads.

I never knew such a thing existed but it’s really a great replacement nutritionally to instant oatmeal packets, especially since their aren’t 10 different ingredients that I can’t pronounce, and the carbs are relatively low. These Wildway instant breakfast packets are definitely something I’m gonna need to have on hand in the office.

Affordability

Wildway Granola

Wildway Apple Cinnamon
10oz $7.99

Paleonola Apple Pie
10oz $8.99

Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Granola
11.5oz $3.69

Wildway and Paleonola both are drastically more expensive than the Nature’s Path, but that’s something I already addressed here. But in short it’s because nuts are expensive and oats are not. You’ll have to pay a little more for quality and for something that will sustain you and not leave you hungry in an hour.

Wildway Instant Hot Cereal

Wildway Cinnamon Roll Instant Hot Cereal
Price per packet: $1.50
Price per 4 pack (7oz): $5.99

Pure Traditions Instant Hot Cereal
Price per 8oz: $9.00

Quaker Apple & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
Price per packet: $0.25
Price per 4 pack: $2.50

It’s insane how cheap instant oatmeal packets are. Once again – oats are cheap – but just cause they’re cheap doesn’t mean you should be eating them. The Wildway packets break down to a pretty reasonable price for a quick breakfast on the go. They’re great options. The Pure traditions instant hot cereal is a little more and it doesn’t come in individual packets which I think is a huge downfall. I loved that I could grab the packets with my lunch – pour it in a paper cup at work and go to the hot water machine and boom – breakfast is served.

Someone could argue that the alternative is that I purchase all the ingredients used in Wildway’s instant hot cereal and grind it down myself, but let’s face it – no one has time for that, and I’m not sure if that would even be cheaper. I will choose for convenience and I will be coming back to Wildway for more instant host cereal packets.

Taste

The overall arching theme of Wildway’s granola and instant hot cereals, for me, was that they were not overly sweet, which I loved because it was like they didn’t force you to eat the carbs via sugar if you didn’t want to. You could always go back and add some honey or maple syrup if you wanted.

Now I took my time testing all these flavors because I really wanted to get a grasp of if I really liked them and if I would be coming back for more. Let’s see how they turned out:

Wildway Granola

Wildway Grain-free Granola: Apple Cinnamon
Super cinnamon tasting. More chewy than the other granola. Dates are more evenly chopped and dispersed than the other granolas as well. The chopped up apples are a nice texture as well.

Wildway Grain-free Granola: Banana Nut
Soft and chewy. Very much tastes like banana bread. Pretty strong cinnamon flavor too. Nice texture from the dried bananas. Just the right amount of sweet.

Wildway Grain-free Granola: Coconut Cashew
Nice coconut flavor. Soft and chewy, not sticky or crunchy. The dates are in big chunks and not chopped up. Would be nice if they were smaller so the sweetness was more even throughout.

Wildway Grain-free Granola: Vanilla Bean Espresso
Very strong coffee flavor! Soft and chewy. Not sweet by itself but tastes amazing with yogurt. Unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. This was by far my favorite!

Wildway Instant Hot Cereal

Wildway Grain-free Instant Hot Cereal: Blueberry Flax
I really like this one. Nice texture and blueberry flavor. Though it has no added sweetener it doesn’t really need it like some of the others. I would literally eat this all the time for breakfast at work.

Wildway Grain-free Instant Hot Cereal: Cinnamon Roll
Very cinnamon tasting. Not really sweet but I don’t think it needs more sweetness. Nice texture. Just the right amount of sweetness. If you like cinnamon tasting things you’ll love this one. Very oatmeal like and reminds me of the packets I used to eat pre-Primal.

Wildway Grain-free Instant Hot Cereal: Java Chip
Very coffee flavored. Not sweet at all, could use a little more sweetness. Very filling. Nice cocoa flavor and crunch from the coffee and cocoa nibs.

Wildway Grain-free Instant Hot Cereal: Original
Real good normal instant oatmeal replacement. Just the right amount of sweetness actually. Nice texture, smooth. Would be nice to add berries on top. No need to add sweetener. Noticeably pleasant vanilla flavor.

Wildway Grain-free Instant Hot Cereal: Toasted Coconut
Not very sweet, could use some more. Very filling. I would use less water with this one. It has a very oatmeal-like texture. It takes some getting used to since most instant oatmeal is super sweet.

So will I be coming back for more? Yes. Overall my favorite of both were the Vanilla Bean Espresso Granola and the Blueberry Flax Instant Hot Cereal. All the different flavors would appear to different people so it’s nice to see the variety Wildway has to offer.


Conclusion

Again, thank you Wildway for sending me your products to review. Y’all were more than generous. For all the readers I suggest you check out some of their granola and instant hot cereal because both are definitely nice to have on hand for when you don’t have time to cook up some bacon and eggs or if you’re looking for an after dinner snack. Thanks for reading!

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Epic Review

Epic Review

When I first went Primal, I was always on the lookout for Primal snacks. It was tough shifting from burning carbs for energy to burning fat for energy at first. I would get super hungry between lunch and dinner on the way home from work. So I searched online for what would be a good Primal snack. As it turns out, jerky and nuts are a great source of protein and fat to hold you over until dinner. During that time I came across something called Pemmican. I so badly wanted to try making some but I was just too lazy. Then I came across Epic. They were basically a modern take on Pemmican, they had meat, berries and fat in the form of nuts. I had to order some.

I ordered a box of the Turkey Almond Cranberry bars and they were the perfect snack for in between meals, or hikes or camping. Perfectly Primal. Then not too long after that I noticed that Epic started branching out to jerky and trail mix packs. First of all, I was super interested to check out these new jerky and nut packs because they just looked so cool. Once again, being that I’m a designer by trade, I got enticed with all this amazing branding and package design. So I reached out to Epic to see if I could review some of their newer products since I was already familiar with their Pemmican-esque bars that you can check out here. Epic was kind enough to send me some of their Bites and one of their Hunt & Harvest packs. So as with any review I wanted to check out the three main categories: Nutritional Profile, Affordability and Taste.

Nutritional Profile

Epic has a bunch of different products and they just keep expanding. So Like I said I started with their bars, then they created some bites and bits, trail mix packs – and now they’re branching out to selling pastured cooking fats and bone broth. What we’re looking at today is their Bites and their Hunt & Harvest packs.

Epic Bacon Bites
Bacon Bites
Total Fat: 7g
Total Carbohydrate: 0g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g)
Protein: 10g
Ingredients: Uncured Bacon (Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder), Natural Pork

What? Zero Carbs? Whats not to love about the nutritional profile of these. The way they get away with that is because there is no sugar used for curing or added sugar after the jerky is made. If you’re looking for a perfectly Primal snack, you can’t go wrong with these. Packing some fat and protein and zero carbs. You’re on your way to becoming a fat burning beast.

Chicken Sesame BBQ
Chicken Sesame BBQ Bites
Total Fat: 2.5g
Total Carbohydrate: 8g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 6g)
Protein: 9g
Ingredients: Natural Chicken, Organic Currants, Sea Salt, Garlic, Onion, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Oil, Ginger, Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Red Pepper

This chicken jerky comes in with a little more carbs and less fat, but it’s still a low sugar snack and perfectly Primal.

Epic Honest Harvest
Honest Harvest
Total Fat: 8g
Total Carbohydrate: 4g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 3g)
Protein: 9g
Ingredients: Jerky (grass fed organic beef, wildflower honey, water, salt, organic apple cider vinegar, yeast extract, organic black pepper, celery powder, organic garlic powder). Nut Mix (roasted almonds, roasted pecans, roasted Brazil nuts, pistachios).

This is such a great little package. Packing just the right amount of fat and protein for a snack or on the go meal. Low sugar and real whole ingredients with grass fed beef.

All of these products have an impressive nutritional profile. Epic really focuses on high quality ingredients, pastured raised meats leading to high omega–3 & CLA, gluten free, soy free and low glycemic, paleo friendly snacks. So it’s without a doubt that not just these but any of Epic’s products have an amazing nutritional profile. With their products you don’t have to worry about high fructose corn syrup or other weird ingredients that you don’t know how to pronounce. It’s all real ingredients, not something some scientist invented in a lab.

Affordability

Now this is where things get a little dicey. I love Epics products, but they can be a little pricey. It’s all about comparison though. If you compare this chicken or pork jerky with other jerky you find in the grocery store or gas station it will be filled with sugar and soy – cheap ingredients no doubt. So what happens when you remove the cheap ingredients and use high quality pastured raised meats? The product becomes more expensive, thus we have Epic coming in as follows:

Bacon & Chicken Bites
Price per pack: $6.25
Price per box of 8: $50

Honest Harvest
Price per pack: $3.88
Price per box of 8: $31

Oberto Bacon Jerky
Price per pack: $4.68

Now I put the price of a sorta comparable Oberto Bacon Jerky up there to compare and see that yea Epic is slightly more expensive for a comparable product and size (2.5 oz bag) but the difference is in the ingredients. Oberto’s Bacon Jerky is cured pork with sugar, unlike Epic’s which is uncured. So if uncured pork is a big thing for you, I would say Epic is the way to go if you’re willing to pay the extra money, otherwise Oberto isn’t necessarily a bad option if you’re not concerned with the quality of your protein, as I assume Oberto’s pork is CAFO.

Finding a comparable product for the Hunt & Harvest pack is kinda difficult as there really isn’t any other product out there marketed like this. Sure you could go buy some grass fed jerky yourself and some nuts and come in less expensive, but you’re paying for convenience with this pack. It’s about having a nice little snack for when a craving hits or when you’re on the go – hiking, camping, running from meeting to meeting. For the price I think it’s a great deal to have for when that craving hits.

Taste

I’ve never really been a fan of sweet jerky or really tough jerky and that’s where Epics jerky really shines. They’re all low sugar and very moist so win win. Let’s take a closer look at all the flavors they sent me:

Epic Bacon Bites
Bacon Bites
Soft. Salty. Pork. Expect nothing else and expect nothing more. If you like salty you’ll love this. I really liked these bacon bites. Not tough at all and not sweet at all which is what I like. Pretty great.

Epic Chicken Sesame BBQ Bites
Chicken Sesame BBQ Bites
I normally am not a fan of chicken jerky but I really liked this one. It was just the right amount of sweet from the currants and has a pleasant sesame taste to the jerky. Both of these jerkys aren’t just straight dehydrated muscle meat. They’re sorta ground up and turned into strips and cut up. Sounds gross but it actually works for both of these jerkys.

Epic Honest Harvest
Honest Harvest
Now this is a cool little idea. There are two sides to this pack that have jerky on one side and mixed nuts on the other side. When you open the ziplock you open the divider as well and mix it all together.

Epic Hunt Harvest
Jerky and nuts separated for freshness

Mix Contents
Instructions on how to mix after you open up the bag

Mixed together
Voila, you have a nice little grass fed trail mix

The jerky is traditional grass fed muscle meat dehydrated and the nuts are simply mixed dry roasted nuts. Both of these together had a great trail mix salty taste. The jerky is much tougher than the other stuff but the flavor is nice and salty and peppery. Not sweet at all. I really like the idea of this pack and suggest having a few on hand just for emergency hikes or if you’re strapped for time and need some quick protein and fat.


Conclusion

Epic is onto some great things. They’re a promising company with some pretty amazing products and I look forward to trying out all their new stuff like their cooking fats and bone broth. I’m glad there are companies like Epic out there dedicated to making whole food snacks, with fat and high quality protein. Feel free to share in the comments what your favorite Epic products are. Thanks for reading.

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