Step Up Your Snack Game with Zydeco Bars

Step Up Your Snack Game with Zydeco Bars



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You’re in class, staring blankly at the professor as he drones on about “retroactive interference” — or maybe it was “proactive.” You can’t remember. You were too busy wondering why you decided to torture yourself by scheduling a psychology class during lunch time. 

In theory, it doesn’t seem so bad. 1:30 is a perfectly normal time to each lunch. But in reality, it’s 12:45, and you are hungry.

12:48 – You’ve figured out it’s been exactly 252 minutes since you scarfed down the half of a Pop Tart and large coffee you called breakfast.

12:51 – You’re wondering whether the Jurassic Park people would pay you to use the sound of your stomach growling as audio for their next movie.

12:54 – The guy next to you gives you weird looks, as he can apparently hear the T-rex baby in your stomach.

12:58 – You remember throwing a Zydeco Bar in your backpack this morning.

12:59 – You praise the nutrition bar gods as your hand touches the wrapper — crisis averted.

It’s the ultimate find. No — The Holy Grail. As far as college students are concerned, this low-cost, great tasting snack is perfect to hold over the hunger that strikes in the middle of class, during an all-night cram session, or in the middle of your latest Netflix marathon.

Generally speaking, whenever The Struggle is — quote, un-quote — real.

Look no further. We found it: ZYDECO BARS.

Michelle Vallot, founder of Zydeco Foods LLC, was inspired to create her own version of the standard snack bar during her long, hunger-filled commute from Lafayette to Baton Rouge for law school. A few years later, Vallot took on the task of making her own nutrition bar a reality in her spare time while lawyering.

Focused on good taste, nutrition and convenience, Vallot was determined to formulate a bar recipe that would bring her as much delight as the fig cookies she made for holiday gifts.

She was inspired by Louisiana’s food culture. In cooperation with the ULL Department of Allied Health (formerly School of Human Resources [Dietetics]), Vallot found an ingredient linked to Louisiana’s local agricultural that would distinguish Zydeco Bars from the herd of health bars on the market with an iconic twist.

Sweet potatoes.

Made from this Louisiana classic, along with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, roasted pecans, and molasses, Zydeco Bars come in two deliciously satisfying varieties: Pecan Brownie (finally, a rich dark chocolate brownie with crunchy pecans that’s good for you) and Fruit & Pecan (a delicious snack bar staple).

Zydeco Bars are free of chemical preservatives, refined sugars, and high fructose corn syrup. They’re packed with fiber and slow burning carbs that will carry you through your morning, afternoon, or rigorous exercise routine.

In 2013, Vallot expanded her product offerings to include a line of Louisiana Style Salsas, as part of her effort to stay competitive and diverse in a very crowded snack foods industry. Vallot comments that “The unique Louisiana Style Salsas that we have rolled out is differentiated from the rest because our product is Gluten Free, Vinegar Free, and free of chemical preservatives — and we are all about Louisiana tradition and food culture with a Sweet Potato Salsa, a Red Bean Salsa, and a Creole Trinity Salsa.” She says there is one for everybody’s taste.

Zydeco Bars range from $1.25 to $1.75 and are available at the following locations: Highland Coffees and Co-op Books in Baton Rouge, all locations of Rouse’s supermarkets, most Associated Groceries affiliates in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette and surrounding areas, various locations of the Texas Supermarket Chain HEB, and a variety of specialty stores and health clubs in the northeastern parts of the country. The Zydeco salsa line is also available at the retail locations listed above, or online.


Let the good times roll Music, food and fun highlight bicycle tour through Southern Louisiana – Pam LeBlanc w/ My Statesman – Austin, TX


Photo by Pam Leblnac

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Imagine a bike ride where speed doesn’t matter and every pedal stroke carries you closer to another helping of Louisiana music, food or drink.

I lived that dream at Cycle Zydeco, a 200-mile rolling Cajun culture festival. Po’boys, etouffee and jambalaya fueled four days of bicycling, punctuated by the sounds of rubboards, fiddles and accordions.

Chubby’s here bright and early, this time astride a shiny red beach cruiser. A police escort fires up its sirens, the musician climbs astride his bike and the whole parade rolls away with a cheer at 9 a.m.

In less than an hour we reach our first stop, Parish Brewing Company, where cyclists sample a little beer and I stuff a few Zydeco Bars, a Louisiana-made energy bar with an accordion on the wrapper, into my pocket. I’m trying to pace myself.

We ride another hour or so, then pull off at Belle Ecorce Farms, where someone uncorks bottle after bottle of white wine and we dip crackers into crocks of goat cheese. That’s when Gretch lets out a squeal. She’s found a days-old dairy goat with tiny rosebud ears, and I swear it smiles and bleats as we cradle it in our arms.


Chubby Carrier – Louisiana Zydeco Musician Photo by Pam Leblanc

A few more miles and we roll into St. Martinville, the heart of French Louisiana. There we feast on crawfish etouffee, listen to more music and rest in the shade of Evangeline Oak, the subject of a romantic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Then it’s back on our bikes. We roll pass an old sugar refinery, then into Breaux Bridge, self-proclaimed Crawfish Capital of the World. Cyclists are putting up tents and making their way to the shower truck, but Gretch and I are distracted by Mark Thibodeaux, 54, and Greg Latiolais, 66, of B&L Boilers, who are preparing to cook up 300 pounds of crawfish for the group.

We’re innocent bystanders until suddenly we’re enlisted to help. Soon we’re slitting open sacks of crawfish and pouring them into boiling water, dumping in jars of okra and stirring the vat with giant paddles.


Photo by Pam Lablanc

“They’re so sweet and tasty,” Thibodeaux says, swooning a little as he explains that these crawfish were harvested within 40 miles of where we’re toiling. He shows us how to hold the head in one hand and twist the tail off to get at the meat. “If you’re born and raised here, you suck the heads to get the juice and the fat. It tastes like heaven.”

We eat a pile of our handiwork, then grab our bikes again. We hear there’s a drive-through daiquiri shack down the road, and we are in Louisiana, after all. (Hint: Try the White Russian. And walk your bike home afterward like we do.)

We wrap up the night with a visit to Pont Breaux’s (formerly known as Mulate’s), a famous Cajun restaurant where we meet a busload of tourists all the way from France and nibble hush puppies and grilled shrimp while couples swirl around the wooden dance floor.

Breaux Bridge Entrepreneur Introduces Cajun Salsas – Lisa Leblanc-Berry – Profile Section – Lisa Leblanc-Berry – Read More Click Here

NB_Salsa2-887b668cMichelle Vallot, a career lawyer-turned-entrepreneur who resides in Breaux Bridge, has rolled out new salsas representative of southwest Louisiana’s unique culture. Founder and CEO of Zydeco Foods and creator of the Original Sweet Potato Bar, she recently introduced all-natural, gluten-free Zydeco Sweet Potato Salsa (sweet and fiery), Zydeco Creole Trinity Salsa (a hot and spicy blend) and Zydeco Red Bean Salsa. “We took what was uniquely Louisiana and great tasting to re-create the concept of salsa, but without preservatives or chemicals. And no one was doing salsa in Louisiana!” she says. Zydeco Bars and Salsas can be found in all locations of Rouses and many independent retail grocers, in addition to some locations of Bloomingdale’s stores in Florida and New York. “The plan in 2014 is to expand to all their retail locations,” Vallot notes. “Texas HEB stores are slated for distribution in early 2014.” The Krewe of Boo purchased 7,000 Zydeco Fruit and Pecan Bars for Halloween throws in October last year, and Brian Kern (son of Krewe of Boo founder Blaine Kern) says that he is instituting a revolutionary twist that may, in time, change all of Carnival. Instead of imported plastic beads, Kern says he plans to throw nothing but Louisiana-made products each year, such as Vallot’s health bars, and will extend this new tradition to major Carnival krewes in New Orleans. “Our plan is to partner with the numerous NOLA Mardi Gras krewes for the 2014 parades,” Vallot said. By LISA LEBLANC-BERRY

Mix things up with these 8 new, healthy products spotted on shelves – Molly Kimble w/ – The Times Picayune

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As a registered dietitian, I’m always on the lookout for new products that make it easy to eat (and drink) healthfully, plus add a bit of variety, so here are eight of my latest finds.

All of these items are available locally in the New Orleans area, and each of the product websites has a locator feature to find stores in your area that carry it. If you don’t see an item in your local grocery store, you can always ask the store manager to stock it.

Zydeco Salsa.  I really can’t decide which one I like best. The Sweet Potato Salsa (just 15 calories per two-tablespoon serving, with 10 percent daily value for vitamin A) and the Red Bean Salsa (also just 15 calories, and loaded with tomatoes and red beans) are equally delicious. Plus they’re a South Louisiana company, based out of Lafayette.

Molly Kimball is a registered dietitian in New Orleans. She can be reached at Comment and read more at  

“A Wallop of Energy” – The Independent Weekly

“A Wallop of Energy”-The Independent Weekly

press-33If your Whiskey River zydeco moves have more whiskey than zydeco, this energy bar is for you. Made of whole wheat, oats and soy, packed with Louisiana sweet potatoes, toasted pecans, local honey, turbanado sugar and molasses, and spiked with a hint of cinnamon, the new Zydeco nutrition bar offers five grams of protein and complex carbohydrates in a low-calorie, high-fiber, tasty package.

Created by health conscious attorney Michelle Vallot, initially to keep her going during a long day at the office, the bars are hitting local stores this week. Great for breakfast on the run or a high octane boost when your two-step is flagging, Zydeo bars, $2, can be found at Red Lerelle’s, Sandra’s Health Food, F. Camalo, Precision Bikes, Cedar Grocery and the Lafayette Center for Yoga.

article by: Mary Tutwiler