June 11, 2010 (6:44 pm)

Review: Primal Strips Vegan Meat Alternatives

topics: Reviews
by Kristen Suzanne

I was sent some samples from Primal Spirit Foods and asked to blog what I thought about them. Basically, these are single serving (vegan) meat alternatives in a jerky style. There are many flavors: Thai Peanut, Mesquite Lime, Texas BBQ, Hickory Smoked, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki. There are no GMO’s, they’re 97% fat free, and they’re primarily made from soy, seiten, and shitake mushroom. You can read more about them on their website.

To begin, I have to say that this is the kind of snack that I don’t normally consume. Indeed my diet is all vegan (the main reason why is here), but most of my diet is unprocessed, fresh, organic, raw foods. However, I do find times in life where snacks like this can be useful. For example, I can imagine having one or two of these with me if I were on a road trip. The couple of bites I had were full of flavor. That being said, I decided that in order to get a fair review, I’d ask some friends and family to try these and give me their thoughts.

The first person is, D, who is a newbie vegan. I gave him a couple of varieties to try and he went ape sh*t for them. He was a big fan. He immediately asked me where he could buy them.

The second person, R, is not only an omnivore, but I would consider him a cruelty-jerky aficionado. Sorry, but it’s true. He’s still a friend, though. :) He was pleased with them and would eat them if they were around the house, but he wouldn’t go out of his way to buy them. Remember though, he’s a pretty hard core omnivore so I consider his pleased review to be a good sign!

The third person, my vegan husband, thought they were pretty good. He’s never really been a jerky fan, but he would eat these again. He had his first one as a snack in the movie theater and he noted that it didn’t seem like the easiest packaging to open and the sauce inside made it a tad messy. Nonetheless, he still liked it.

The last review comes from my dog. I gave him a few bites and as you can guess… he was begging for more. He’s a big fan. :)

Bottom line: the overall consensus is that these get a thumbs up. I’m sure there are plenty of vegans who would love them as a regular snack. But not only that… I think they can be a great way to introduce omnivores to the land of herbivore snacks, with smiles all around.

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  • crookedmoonmama

    We like these for camping and road trips. They've been around a while, but recently got a marketing face-lift. :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Camping… excellent idea! Thanks for the input. :)

  • http://girlonraw.com/ GirlonRaw

    We can get these in Saudi. I have tried them a couple of times and the only times I seem to enjoy them is when I am starving. I do reckon they have a bit of a processed taste.

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    is this taste good?

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