Wild boar to pork is like buffalo to beef. In a nutshell, it is a local (Texas, y'all) animal, lean and wild and pretty sustainable...that also happens to be delicious and healthy. One of my favorite Texas food companies, EPIC, has made wild boar the star of their latest bar and it is cause for celebration. Combining the lean wild boar meat with the punchy flavor of bacon, this bar is a foodie's delight with a pedigree. Wild game is the direction to go with sustainable meat consumption, and this is your primer. Enjoy and rejoice.
Love pork? Not sure if raising it is the best thing for the planet? I hear ya. Luckily there are a few options nowadays to avoid the mess and unsustainability of pig-farming. This seriously amazing Wild Boar bar from EPIC is one of the places to start. Take a Texas animal, lean and wild like game should be, and spice it up with simple seasonings like pepper and garlic, then add the unctuous punch of bacon to finish the deal.
I'm a fan of wild game and it is not just because of the sustainability. The flavors are intense, concentrated, and, well, "wild". This is how meat should be, how it used to be before factory farming was loading up our meat with grains and things that make them fat really quickly. Deer and wild boar are the next buffalo and wild-caught salmon in terms of general acceptance and accessibility. You heard it here first: EPIC is ahead of the curve, making wild boar a delicious thing you can slip in your gym bag, drawer, or pocket.
Nothing weird is added: no sweeteners, no preservatives, no colors. The wild boar meat is from Texas and the leanness means you are getting high-quality protein out the wazoo along with nutrition that comes from an animal that eats what it is supposed to, rather than what it is fed.
There's some uncured bacon in here, too, and that adds a complementary punch of richness as well as some salt. Pepper, celery salt, and a touch of dried cranberries are what makes this bar interesting and addicting.
The easiest way to describe wild boar, nutritionally, is to say, "it's pork, only better". The meat is leaner, more flavorful, and delicious. No additives, no feedlot hijinks, no strange dietary practices. Wild boar tastes sweeter than regular pork, and has no gamey or greasiness that seems to be associated with some wild game.
Wild boar is known as "Cinghale" in Italy and is a prized ingredient in a few famous pasta dishes, but here in the States it has barely made an oink. Modern and sustainability-driven hunters are going to change that, by hunting and harvesting the huge number of wild boars all over the southeastern U.S. Essentially there are far too many of them, just like deer in the Midwest, and eating them is a fabulous part of the overpopulation solution. That it is a tasty solution makes it even better.
Notice that perfectly formed packaging around the bar? How no air gets in and the bar is nice and super-tender? That's honestly pure brilliance - no need for one of those little pro-shelf-life packets, no chance of the bar drying out like old-fashioned jerky. This is a delicious meat bar, through and through. Tear open the package and enjoy. That's it.
"Oddly enough, the roots of EPIC were planted shortly after Katie and I became vegetarians. We wrongly believed that a “clean diet” was plant based and in order to replenish our bodies after hard workouts, we consumed large amounts of soy and other highly processed proteins. To compound the stress we were putting on our systems, we followed the advice of sports nutrition “experts” and prescribed to a diet that was high in carbohydrates and low in fat. As a result, we were making ourselves unintentionally sick with gastrointestinal distress and a myriad of inflammatory ailments. Not knowing what to do, we decided to go vegan and when things got worse, we decided to follow a raw food diet.
Unable to maximize our own vigor and wellness, we looked for answers in the whole foods consumed by our human ancestors. Within a week of adopting what is now called the "paleo diet" which emphasizes healthy animal fats, grass fed protein, and leafy vegetables, our bodies and minds radiated with exuberance. Through modifying the foods we ate, we reached exciting new levels of performance during competition as well as daily life.
We quickly realized there was a lack of conveniently packaged nutrient dense animal protein when we traveled, exercised, and worked. So, we set out to create the world’s first 100% grass fed meat, fruit, and nut bar. We call our product EPIC because it improves the lives of animals, regenerates our bodies, and helps heal the land. Due to an ingredient label unlike anything else, EPIC epitomizes real foods and will always be humane, pasture centered, and most importantly, delicious."
"Feed others as you wish to be fed"
EPIC foods begin with a living animal. We set the industry standards by sourcing our meats from ranchers that we deem EPIC. We mandate proof of certifications, which validate that our animals receive the utmost humane treatment. We believe that EPIC animals should always live pasture-centered lives where turkeys forage, pigs wallow, and buffalo roam. This is the way nature intended animals to be and we see ourselves as leaders in recognizing the value of sustainable and responsible animal welfare practices.
EPIC's commitment to planetary health
Not only do humanely-treated grass-fed animals live better, more natural lives but they place less stress on the land they inhabit. Our animals live on EPIC lands. When properly managed, grass-fed animals can produce a net benefit to the environment. Pasture grazing requires significantly less fossil fuel than a feedlot diet consisting of corn, soy, antibiotics, and hormones. Pastured animals fertilize the land they graze on, which eliminates the fossil fuels required by conventional fertilizing practices. Lastly, grass-filled fields not only hold on to topsoil and moisture but also more effectively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than any other use of land!
Perhaps the most compelling argument for consuming grass-fed meats comes from the EPIC nutrition that is passed on from animal to human. The brilliance of this nutrient transfer is based on how the animals are raised. Grass-fed animals are loaded with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are better for both cardiovascular health and contain anti-inflammatory properties. They also have significantly higher values of vitamins A and E as well as antioxidants.
For athletes, grass-fed meat is particularly favorable in that it contains up to twice the levels of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which promotes the development of lean muscle tissue and lowers the risk for a myriad of other health problems.
By combining delicious tasting and lightly smoked animal protein with savory nuts and dehydrated fruits, EPIC foods taste amazing! EPIC foods are unique in the sense that they are more savory, tender, and flavor-forward than jerky without the high carbohydrate and sugar load of other bars. Reconnect with your ancestral diets and enjoy every bite of it!
EPIC is for everyone! Long lasting satiety comes easily with EPIC's nutrient-dense protein content and the absence of grains. This makes EPIC a great option for on-the-go healthy snacking.
Lastly, the low-glycemic nature of EPIC creates the perfect snacking option for diabetics, Paleolithic eaters, and others looking for a pure form of protein, just the way nature intended.
Yes! As a matter of fact, EPIC produces the most Paleo-friendly protein bar available in the market!