Meat up

Two new protein-packed snacks

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Epic Bars are grass-fed animal-based protein bars that are grain-, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free.

Updated Jul 4, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

When it comes to late afternoon energy slumps, we know that it’s all about snacking on clean protein FTW.

Protein is a hunger-buster that will steady blood sugar, help you wave goodbye to your cravings and leave you feeling satiated. But it’s not like you can throw a rack of ribs in your tote (or at least we don’t recommend it).

Instead, arm yourself with these two new protein-packed snacks.

EPIC Bars: The easiest way to describe these bars: Meatloaf granola bar. Just go with us: These grass-fed animal-based (pick from flavors like bison bacon cranberry, pulled pork pineapple and lamb currant mint) protein bars ($3) are an awesome alternative to your usual oat-nut-dried fruit-bar routine and are now available nationally. They are also grain-, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, as well as low in sugar.

If you’re feeling squicked out by the idea of a meat bar, try the jerky-like EPIC bites line ($7) or the Hunt & Harvest mixes ($5), which are combined with berries, nuts and seeds. Also, if you’ve cut chemical-laden “Bacon Bits” out of your salad routine, rejoice: Founders Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest gave us the exclusive scoop that Epic will be launching a line of “salad boosters” made from heritage breed Berkshire pork in July at Whole Foods. Consider us boosted.

The New Primal: Founder Jason Burke made his way to a paleo/primal-influenced diet through CrossFit, but he couldn’t find a grass-fed beef jerky that didn’t list sugar as the second ingredient on the market for desk-time snacking. He says, “So I purchased a $40 dehydrator and Googled ‘how to make beef jerky.’ Within six months I was making jerky for everyone at work and my gym.” When his wife started complaining about smelling like BBQ all the time, Burke knew it was time to go pro.

He sources his grass-fed beef from New Zealand—where GMOs are illegal, meaning there is zero risk of GMO runoff contaminating the soil. His beef and turkey jerkys ($7.50 for 2 oz.) have the hippest packaging around and are sweetened with just a touch of pineapple juice and honey. With a wide national distribution, it’s clear Burke has solved his original problem.