Vegetarian Snacks: Primal Strips

Finding savory, protein-rich vegetarian foods on the go can be difficult. Most packaged vegetarian snacks are full of sugar, carbohydrates, and not much else.

I typically snack on almonds. They’re energy dense and widely available, Trader Joe’s has a great selection.

However, I recently discovered Primal Strips! I found these at Whole Foods along a back wall with other meat jerkies.


Left to right: Teriyaki seitan, Mesquite Lime seitan, Thai Peanut seitan, and Hot & Spicy shitake mushroom

Primal Strips come in soy, seitan, and shitake mushroom based varieties. Seitan is a “wheat meat” made of wheat gluten. It was first developed in China and is widely used in parts of Asia. The soy Primal Strips are gluten-free. The base ingredients are mixed with various flavors, such as soy sauce or peanut butter.

Each strip has about 10 to 12 grams of protein, and they are low in fat. They have approximately 100 calories, which is a good amount for a snack out and about.

So far I’ve only tried the Hickory Smoked soy flavor (not pictured), but I loved it! The texture was the right amount of chewy, with juiciness from all the flavors.

I’ve been able to find Primal Strips at Sidecar for Pigs Peace in the University District for $1.25 a piece, and at Whole Foods for about $1.40 a piece.


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