How do you know when a red meat fan has gone "hard core"? When first they make the leap to grass-fed, and then to the lesser-known heritage/classic animals like, say, bison. Already there yourself? Perfect. EPIC is here to help you get through your snack attacks with a deliciously sustainable sack of meaty mouthfuls: Bison Bacon Chia jerky bites. Each little nubbin overflows with uncured bacon's potent flavor, supported by gentle bison, with chia and raisins for fun. Because what could be more fun than ethical meat to go?
Previously, EPIC has created bar flavors that incorporate bacon as a back-beat of flavor, adding richness and salt to the mix, even creating a flavor that was literally ALL bacon. That's powerful, but maybe a bit much for every day snacking. (Oh no, did I just say that one could overload on bacon?!) Here, bison is balanced with some bacon, yes, but also a good smattering of golden raisins and chia seeds for fiber and texture. This is my favorite of the bites recipes, with just the right amount of salt and sweet and meaty unctuousness. Honestly? I'd swap the chia out for sesame seeds but those might add too much of their own flavor, whereas the chia are nice and neutral and add awesome Omega-3 fats to the party.
Fun fact about bison: This nutrient-dense, flavorful, and outrageously lean animal is an iconic symbol of North America. For the past 10,000 years, the American Bison has played a crucial role in shaping the Great Plains and nourishing the native tribes that inhabited them. As late as 1871, a single herd of bison could easily contain over 1 million animals and take a man 6 days to pass through!
EPIC Bites are better for you and shareable, snacks that fit into a category of their own. More similar to jerky, EPIC Bites are created by combining whole animal muscle meat with flavor forward spice combinations. Every recipe then leaps to the next level by adding superfood seeds and fruit. These savory bite sized energy bombs are a perfect option for those looking for high quality animal protein on the go. EPIC Bites are rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. Eat how you live, wild & free!
Bison, all-natural pork, chia seeds, golden raisins, a sprinkling of salt, and non-dairy-based cultures are what keep the dainty bites perfectly moist, perfectly tender, and oh-so-satisfying. Nothing weird is ever added: no sweeteners, no preservatives, no colors. You'll be able to enjoy a savory-sweet snack without any worry about factory farming and with happy thoughts about supporting an independent company made up of paleo super-fans, just like you.
EPIC Bites were created to conveniently feed our inner hunter while staying true to the fundamental principles of consuming clean food. Our bites are inspired by the evolutionary diets of our ancestors and consistent with our own deep-rooted genetic makeup. By harvesting the primal power of animal based protein, EPIC Bites are guaranteed to fuel your most EPIC adventures.
Our Bison + Bacon Bites are a sweet and savory snack guaranteed to satisfy your highly evolved carnivore palate. We achieve this flavor forward experience by balancing sweet notes of golden raisins with savory bacon. To take our Bites to the next level of sensory pleasure, we add organic chia seeds for a slightly nutty texture. As with all EPIC products, our Bites are inspired by the founding principle of our company: "Feed others as you wish to be fed."
EPIC's bison are 100% grass fed throughout their entire life cycle. The animals are rotated through a series of pastures throughout the year (rotation grazing) and have access to some of the most nutrient rich and diverse mix of Colorado grassland! The bison supplier practices a "hands off" approach to ranching, and the animals live truly EPIC lives! Through a diet of 100% pasture, the bison have a lifecycle of 2.5-3 years. Although the bison is not USDA Certified Organic, it is raised on land that is free of chemical sprays and other synthetic agents that would prevent an organic claim. Our rancher is currently deciding if he wants to pursue a USDA Organic Certification.
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."
Also known as Salvia Hispanica L., chia is the ancient super food of the Aztecs who valued it more highly than gold. Chia typically contains 20% protein, 34% oil, and 25% dietary fiber. It is also the highest omega-3 nutrient source found in nature. with perfectly balanced omega-3, 6, and 9 ratios. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. They provide stamina, endurance, and reduce cravings, because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble fiber levels that help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.
Each little morsel is surrounded by its buddies in a portable sack of snacking. Notice how you can seal it back up oh-so-easily? That's, honestly, pure brilliance – and with how good this tastes, there is no chance of the bites drying out like old-fashioned jerky. This is a deliciousness, 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.
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.
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!