One of the food trends that came out of California that, while mocked by some, became a national obsession was the Chicken BBQ pizza. It sounded weird, but when a gourmet chef dreamed it up at his innovative new pizza restaurant in 1984, it made history. Now you can have a little bit of California creativity in your paleo-friendly snacking with EPIC's Chicken Sesame BBQ bites—crust not included. One bite will almost make you wish you could go have one of those pizzas, but not quite. This is, after all, an EPIC recipe and nothing in it is anything but awesome. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
Epic has already been doing wonderful things to the bar market for the last several years. It used to be that you had to get a chalky protein bar, or a dried out hunk of jerky, or a very-sweet fruit and nut bar, and those were your options. By establishing themselves in the beef and turkey and lamb flavors, Epic wanted to go big in 2015. So they went small—from cattle to chicken—and created this new flavor for all those lovers of cluckers, in both bar and bites formats.
Why make a cute little bag of chicken bites? Because of YOU! In response to the demands of consumers, EPIC proudly presents their first chicken based protein bite! It starts with lean chicken meat, then sprinkles in a bevy of bright Asian barbeque spices, and adds texture with sesame seeds and sweetness with currants. The end result is not exactly like that famous pizza, but boy is it tasty. The bag will leave your highly evolved omnivore palate begging for more.
Chicken is an ubiquitous food of our generation, crossing every international boundary, and influential in the development of culture around the globe. Its innate mild taste and homogenous texture act as a blank canvas for cooks everywhere. This meat lends itself to the inspired foodie that passionately creates master – crafted spice blends and paints masterpieces on consumers’ palates.
Our Currant + Sesame BBQ Chicken Bites are a refreshing and portable snack you will feel good about eating. Our simple yet highly powerful ingredient label hits the palate with semisweet notes of organic currants and further develops into a spicy medley of Asian spices. This artfully crafted Jerky Bite is tailored to the foodie carnivore who refuses to settle.
Why Chicken Sesame BBQ Epic Bites are so good for you
Chicken is tasty. Cooked chicken is touchy to get it just right. You need to make sure it's not dried out and it's well seasoned and it comes from a healthy chicken and it's organic and . . . sheesh. Sure, it's worth the effort when you do want to cook some chicken for dinner, but what about when you just want to have a snack and beef jerky isn't appealing today? Enter EPIC and their tangy tasty chicken bites. They're made from chickens that are raised well with just enough spices and seasonings to add boatloads of flavor. These bites are the perfect portable meal or snack on the go.
Here are some of the amazing ingredients in Epic Bites:
Epic is proud to only use 100% non-GMO raised chicken. GMO free animal feed is not only good for the end consumer, but supports farmers who are committed to producing hearty crops by traditional and time-tested methods. EPIC animals begin with EPIC farmers and ranchers who are committed to improving the health of the land.
Sesame seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients, fiber, and good fats, not to mention darn tasty.
Currants might not seem like anything special - after all, aren't they just like raisins? Happily, they are so much more than raisins. Calorie for calorie, here's how they stack up again raisins:
2x the folate, niacin, iron, and TRIPLE the zinc!
1.5x the fiber, protein, thiamin, calcium, copper, and manganese
20% more riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium
How to enjoy Epic Bites:
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.
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EPIC's story, in their own words
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's commitment to happy healthy animals
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!
EPIC's commitment to human health
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's commitment to deliciousness
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's answers to all your questions
Who should eat these bars?
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.
What is lactic acid started culture and what is it doing in my EPIC bar?Lactic Acid Starter Culture is a natural ingredient used to cure meat. The starter culture is derived from vegetables and is dairy free. By using a combination of age-old preservation methods with the addition of Lactic Acid Starter Culture, we can produce a high quality shelf stable product without any harsh preservatives!
Are these bars paleo?
Yes! As a matter of fact, EPIC produces the most Paleo-friendly protein bar available in the market!