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Over one weekend I decided it was time to get out and try a new bar that was sent to me. These were unlike anything I had tried before and I was very eager to test them out. I have recently been getting into the paleo diet as well as becoming more and more interested in learning about the vegan and vegetarian diets. These food bars fit the bill for paleo in my opinion. First off, I’ll talk a bit about the Epic Bar. These caught my attention right off the bat. These consisted of organic grass fed beef, bison (that’s right buffalo), lamb, and turkey. These have no additives or unwanted chemicals to give them an off-putting flavor. In fact the flavor is very natural and meaty, a very welcome addition to my hikes or outdoor trips.
Seeing that I am the way I am, I felt it entirely necessary to go the extra mile. I had to give these bars the full Arizona Bushman test. I had decided to make a soup with as many wild edible plants as I could find in February and add them to the pot. For the protein source I would add the meat bars. While trying a sample of each bar I noticed that there were fats, very essential while in the field. This fat is raw fuel for the body after a good hike. I knew it would make a great addition to the soup.
I simply broke the bars into chunks and tossed them into the pot with the wild edibles. Among these were watercress, yellow dock, purple mustard, London rocket, and a little storksbill. Yes, I am aware, those are mostly mustards; however, this would add the vegetable to the soup. I find this is one of my favorite things to do. Whatever food I bring, I will add to it with what I find in the field. This not only add a lot of great flavor, but also a lot of needed nutrients to the food that you wouldn’t get otherwise.
We placed the pot on the FireAnt and let it cook. Once the wild edibles were tender and the meat fully heated we removed the pot from the stove and served it up. This turned out to be one of the best soups I had made in a long time. There was enough for four people and the two of us ate it all.
Now for the Thunderbird bars. These were amazing as a trail food. One of the best tasting bars I have tried in a long time. I’ve never been one for protein bars, there is just something strange about the taste that I cannot put my finger on. Thunderbird bars on the other hand, were a very welcomed change. These are all 100 percent natural ingredients inspired by the life sustaining diets of our ancient ancestors. I could get really technical and go over all the ingredients of each bar, but I wanted to write more about my thoughts and experience with them. If you want to see ingredients I have the sheet below for you to click on.
In addition to having a trail snack on hand, we all know that in the field emergencies can arise. This is a survival website, so here goes. Being able to have this type of food on hand not only feeds you, it can feed you in another way as well. By just using a tiny bit on a bait stick or a hook will allow you to catch other protein sources. I have in the past used beef jerky to aid in catching crayfish and other fish while in the field. Same goes for any extra food that may be on hand at the time. Most companies will get pretty upset when you mention using their product as bait. However, this being a survival website; I see it as being important to point this out. This is in no way to put down this great tasting food product. It is however, meant to show that these types of products can save a life if properly incorporated into a survival strategy. This gives them multi use and earns them the Arizona Bushman seal of approval.
Click an image below to read the ingredients and nutrition facts.