Epic Bar Epic Fail

I’m always looking for new food items to try. I love exotic foods and trying new things so I was a little excited the first time I saw the Epic Bar. Epic Bar comes in a variety of flavors but they are all Paleo friendly protein bars that uses a meat (beef in this case but also bison ans turkey) as its protein source. I was first put off by the price at $3.29 per bar but still wanted to try them and patiently waited until Kroger ran them on sale for $2.50, still pricey but a little more affordable.

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I purchased the beef based Habanero Cherry bar and had the highest of hopes for something sweet and tangy with a bold spice note. The ingredient list is all wholesome: beef, walnuts, dried cherries, salt, celery powder, black pepper, and crushed habanero. My high hopes were crushed with the first bite. The mushy bar tasted more like dog food than the spicy beef jerky I was hoping for.

With only 13 grams of protein and 190 total calories, coupled with the high price, I can’t recommend purchasing an Epic Bar. The lack of flavor was a huge disappointment, too. I might give one of the other flavors a try but only if they are on sale or someone else buys. I’m all for healthy but I like flavor, too. Sadly, the Epic Bar is an Epic Fail.

SmartShake

Many supplement companies give out shaker cups to help advertise their products or entice you to buy those products. I know I’ve bought a certain flavor of one supplement or another because the promise of free stuff and I’m sure many of you have too. I’ve ended up with several shaker cups for free and they all do pretty much the same thing, shake things. So why should you buy a shaker when you probably already have one already? The versatility, color choices, and durability are great reasons to buy a SmartShake product.

Not all shakers are created equal. SmartShake shakers come with a couple of very cool features. In addition to the snap on mixer that attaches to the lid, SmartShake allows you to stack on compartments to keep snacks, vitamins, supplements, and powders. These stay contained, out of the way, and dry in the bottom of the cup. This makes for a lot less things you need to carry to the gym or work. No more containers of supplements rolling around in your gym bag or bottles of pills rattling away, simply load the compartments and away you go. Plus they are dishwasher and microwave safe.

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The color choices that SmartShake provides are great, too. There are about a dozen colors to choose from, but you can also mix the colors if you like. Gunsmoke cup with Neon Red lid and Yellow cap? If that is what you like, you can have it. The color choices may sound frivolous but it gives the cups a personal touch and might keep someone else from grabbing your shaker by accident.

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I can personally attest to how durable these are. In the last two weeks I have dropped my 27oz Gunsmoke shaker about 10 times. On pavement. Every time I think it will be the last, but my SmartShake has held up great. Another shaker I had before cracked after one slip. Plus these seem to be leak proof. Whether bouncing around in my truck or getting knocked off the table by my son, my SmartShake has never leaked.

SmartShake is available on Amazon.com and other retailers and is a great value at around the $10-12 mark.

Supernova AKA “Lil Blue Ball of Pain”

Back in May of 2014 I bought a Supernova from Kelly Starrett mobilitywod.com. I had never really used mobility aids in the past but had read about how helpful they were and it was too hard to get someone to rub my sore muscles (girlfriends expect you to rub theirs too, I guess).

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My ‘little blue ball of pain’ has become a staple of my gym bag now. I use it almost daily for rubbing out those nasty knots in my muscles. The supernova works exceptionally well on calves, hamstrings, glutes, and those hard to reach spots in your hips.

The supernova is just larger than a softball and a little heavier, so it is super portable. At around $40 it is a must have for myofascial release and self help for mobility. I cannot recommend the supernova highly enough. Check them out at roguefitness.com and mobiltywod.com