You used to put syrup on your sausage. Me, too. Chomping on these little chewy morsels of maple-infused pork brings back all of those memories and a bit of a smirk, too. The smile comes from the knowledge that this ain't no mass-market breakfast sausage drowned in store-brand syrup. Nope, this is EPIC: heritage pork, bacon, maple, and dried blueberries all together in harmony. Honestly, with the blueberries in the mix it makes me think I got a bite of pancake in there, too. And that's pretty rad.
These bites have disappeared into my happy belly with barely a pause to slow down and savor their true goodness. More than just jerky, these are smoky meat with a pedigree and a punch of sweet maple.
Who will love these bites? Anyone who loves bacon. Anyone who loves jerky. Anyone who likes innovative savory-sweet meat flavor combinations. Anyone who's a fan of regular old store-brand teriyaki jerky. These bites are soooo much better than that.
Who will adore these bites to the ends of the earth, love them so much that children will ask if you're going to marry them, and hunt them down wherever they can be found? Those that have a love of big sweet-savory American breakfasts. Blueberry pancakes, bacon, sausage, and real maple syrup. EPIC seems to have made something that evokes that entire spread in each and every bite. Weird, but awesome.
Because what isn't great about salty savory meat with a bit of sweetness on top?
Why have a bar when you can have a BITE? That's the reason for Epic's new Uncured Maple Bacon Blueberry Bites, the most amazing thing for your gym bag or office snack drawer since, well.... having blueberry pancakes with bacon and syrup. This, my friends, is a treat made for those who like their sweet breakfast meat and like it a lot. Each bite is mildly salty and delectable with all the flavor of great porky bacon but a punch of sweetness from real maple and dried blueberries. Just re-seal and keep in the fridge for sharing or stretching out the joy all by yourself.
EPIC Bites are better for you than pretty much any jerky you can buy in the store, and they have the added benefit of being super darn delicious. Epic Bites are rich in protein, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. Eat how you live, wild & free!
All natural bacon, heritage pork, dried blueberries, a sprinkling of salt, and real maple sugar are what keep the bits perfectly tender and perfectly satisfying. Nothing weird is added: no fillers, no preservatives, no colors. You'll be able to enjoy sweet jerky without any worry about factory farming and with happy thoughts about supporting an independent company made up of paleo super-fans, just like you.
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."
"Our Uncured Bacon & Pork with Maple & Blueberry Bites are a game changing snack that allows you to enter pork belly bliss at all times of the day. A staple food around the EPIC World HQ, uncured bacon is used like currency. We exchange it as gifts, bribes, and rewards for monumental achievement. In efforts to make this world a better place, we worked to create a wholesome, delicious, portable snack that can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime.
To date, our favorite email received from an EPIC consumer simply and profoundly stated “Indulge in uncured bacon lust freely, know that the science is catching up, the media lags behind, and our ancestors most likely got it right.” These wise words not only intensify our obsession with pork belly, but serve as a daily reminder to trust our instincts."
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 featuring the folks from Epic's choice in pork and bacon: Pederson Farms.
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.
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 meats 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 bars, bites, and bits available in the market!