YUM! Let’s just start off with that statement… I’ve seen these bars at our local Whole Foods but was hesitant to purchase them. Mainly because of the price. I honestly can’t remember how much they were but my guess was that they were over $4 per bar. Well to my surprise, two boxes of these EPIC bars showed up on my doorstep a couple days ago. One box of the bison and the other of the beef. Vaughan had forgotten to tell me he had ordered them online. He came across a discount for them via Huckberry that he couldn’t pass up. And I’m glad he didn’t! Click here to Buy Beef Jerky as a healthy snack at best price.
First and foremost, both bars are super yummy. The Beef is habanero cherry and the Bison is bacon cranberry. To my surprise I actually preferred the beef but wouldn’t pass either up. I found the bison to be slightly tougher than the beef and the cranberry a little too tart and sweet for my liking but still very flavorful. They contain no added sugar and the company focuses on quality meats using grass fred beef and bison. Double score! I went to their website and found they also have a turkey and a lamb flavor that I am just going to HAVE to try. For the Paleo dieters they follow all the rules with no filler or additives or gluten. Triple score!
THE HEALTH BENEFITS / DOWNFALLS
Bison Ingredients: Organic Bison, Uncured Bacon (Pork, Brown Sugar, Vinegar), Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Lactic Acid, Celery Powder, Sea Salt
Beef Ingredients: Organic Beef, walnuts, Dried Cherries, Lactic Acid, Salt, Celery Powder, Fine Black Pepper, Crushed Habanero
The ingredients are good and simple. Perfect for Paleo and anyone looking for a decent healthy packaged snack. Ok, so for the singular downfall… Sodium factor… Now anyone on the Paloe diet (for the most part) really doesn’t need to be too concerned with sodium. Sodium becomes a problem in a diet with high amounts of processed foods. As a general rule, Americans consume too much salt because they consume too much junk food! There is actually a bit of controversy in the nutrition world (surprise, surprise) on exactly how much sodium we should be consuming. Frankly it comes down to individual needs.. how active.. etc.. But I digress. I never look at nutrition panels for sodium content, just base it on how salty the product tastes and how much water it makes me consume. The sodium content partly depends on how much the salt is lost while cooking it, and cooking it cumulative on how well the slicing of the meat is done. Hence, it all comes down to the quality of jerky slicer you are using. As for these guys, they were a little high for me and I def felt the sodium. But that’s one mark I can deal with, especially since I won’t be eating these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But you can guarantee there will always be a bar close by. They are seriously that good!
THE PRODUCT / COMPANY
The company EPIC has four pillars they focus on: Animals, Land, Health, & Taste. All four hit high marks in my book. Grass fed, humanely raised animals which benefit the land and environment. No additives, fillers, sugar or any of the yucky crap in processed foods which benefit our health and high yumminess factor.
If you’re looking for a cheap snack, these are NOT it. At about $4 a pop at Whole Foods, I don’t think anyone will be stocking their pantries with them, BUT you can get a little cheaper price online. Go to their website and purchase by the box. www.epicbar.com You’ll save a little bit of money on the bars that way. They are a little pricey in Whole Foods but you can buy them online for $34 for a box of 12 which comes out to about $2.84/bar + shipping.
I find myself, many times, in a situation where I’m out and about, getting really hungry (read irritable) and nothing to grab to eat. I am more and more conscious about always having food handy and frankly packaged food is nice in these situations. The EPIC bars will definitely do the trick for me. Being high in protein (basically cause they’re all meat) they can stave off the hunger anger. So they are great to have handy for those situations when you are desperately in need of something to eat so you don’t go running for the cookies. For these bars, the company, and their sustainable and paleo friendly practices… I give them 2 thumbs up.