Being a registered dietitian-nutritionist means I get used to being asked: “What did you eat for breakfast this morning?”
or “Do you think (fill in the blank) is a good snack?” It only makes sense for me to share my favorite healthy food and recipe finds with my Healthy Spoonful readers.
Many times I’m only slightly hungry in between meals. I don’t want a huge snack in the 200-300 calorie range; sometimes I need just a little something to keep me going and a piece of fruit just won’t do it. I need protein to keep me satisfied.
Look no further …. I just found a snack that I’m OBSESSED with. It’s jerky. Beef jerky, chicken jerky, even venison. Obviously this won’t be a hit with the vegan crowd, but if you’re an omnivore looking for an awesome high protein, low calorie snack that’s savory with a dash of sweet, look no further. I haven’t tried all of them, but my favorite flavor so far is the Dried Chicken Breast with Cherries and BBQ Seasoning.
So here’s the nutrition down-low:
- Nine varieties, each with approximately 8-11g protein and 3g or LESS of sugar
- 60 calories in each
- All nine varieties are gluten-free (for Celiac and gluten-sensitive folks) and eight varieties are lactose-free
- Made with quality meats including grass-fed beef, venison, and chicken breast
- Meats are combined with dried fruits such as apples, cranberries, blueberries, and pineapples or black beans and veggies
Oh, and the best part, you can bring this snack with you anywhere. No worries about being messy, putting it together the night before, or having to keep it cold. A great option to drop in your gym bag, take with you hiking, or bring on a long summer road trip.
The only negative – salt. For athletes sweating regularly and in need of sodium replenishment, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. But if you were advised to watch your salt intake, depending on how much salt you eat all day long, these yummy snacks can add quite a bit of sodium to your daily intake.
Otherwise, I say dig in!
Note: I was not paid to write this post. They sent me samples and I LOVED them. Seriously.