Like Thelma and Louise or Buffy and Angel, meat and fruit belong together. Just think of the delectable precedents like chicken and lemon, duck and cherries, turkey and cranberries, and melon and prosciutto. And, oh yeah, pork and apples, of course. But wait. What if there was another meat? Would that upset the delicate balance between savory and sweet? Naw. Not when you're talking about the new EPIC Beef Apple Bacon bar, where two meats meld comfortably amongst tangy dried apples in bite after bite of meaty goodness. Bacony pig in a blanket of beef – pretty brilliant.
EPIC rounds out their new lineup with this Beef Apple Bacon bar, a who's who of great ingredients and savory-sweet pairings. According to EPIC, this bar inspired by their legendary Bison bar and reigns with tried and true All-American ingredients that have deep cultural and historical roots. They begin by honoring the innate ability of the mighty ruminate to convert grass into delicious animal protein. That protein would be from 100% grass fed beef, not only pasture centered but also free range. And then, a generous serving of uncured bacon for unctuousness, nicely balancing out the lean red meat. For the grand finale, the bar is studded with dried organic apples for a sweet-tart finish to each chewy bite.
Like the other EPIC bars available, this is something you can put in your gym bag or pocket or purse for a miniature meal any time of day. You could be stuck in a meeting that runs over time, or heading out for a long hike without much of a plan for lunch afterwards. EPIC bars are the thing that can save you from swinging through a grocery store to pick up "a few snacks" that might turn out to be not-so-healthy but darn tasty on impulse. Keep one on hand at all times and it all but guarantees that no candy bars or mass-produced jerky will make it into your shopping cart.
Beef, especially grass-fed, is pretty nutritious, packed with Omega-3s and goodies like iron and protein and more. But when you pair it with fruit AND bacon, well, that just sweetens the deal. The apples are organic, the pig is sustainably raised with its own set of nutrients and goodies. And doesn't that make it nearly a perfect food – one that is easy to eat, easy to transport, and easy on your body? I think so.
Grass fed beef is important. The nutrients are higher, the animals are raised in ways that translates their health into yours. The Global Animal Partnership 5-step Animal Welfare Program has rated EPIC's cattle a Step 4. This ensures that every EPIC cow has had continuous and unconfined access to pasture throughout its life cycle. Additionally, the beef is USDA Certified 100% Organic. Sweet.
When choosing your meat, pork is one animal that we can all make a difference by choosing natural, organic, and sustainably-raised. The animal has a better life and the nutrition after processing is better for humans. It's just better all around. Per Epic, "Our pigs are certified by the Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards. This ensures they are raised with shelter, resting areas, and sufficient space to engage in natural behaviors! We buy our bacon from fellow Texans (and good friends) at Pederson's Natural Farms."
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. Within a few months Katie and I were stronger, faster, and leaner than we had ever been.
Here's a cool video(and well-shot!) featuring Katie and Taylor and their thinking on Ancestral diet and health, and the genesis of EPIC bars.
Preparing healthy meals at home was a breeze, however 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. May you fill your life with epic adventure and epic health!
"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.
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.
Additionally, EPIC bars are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3's, muscle-building CLAs, and antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E, thus also making EPIC a perfect fuel for athletes.
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!