Beef Jerky: The Convenient High Protein Snack Ideal For An Active Lifestyle

Beef jerky is a convenient high protein snack which is an ideal addition to any diet aimed at promoting the development of lean muscle mass. Beef jerky is a dried meat snack which originates from Indians in North America who used to preserve buffalo meat by curing and smoking it. It was called ‘charqui’ which means to pull or cut something into strips. Over the years, the word charqui became jerky hence the food name we know today!

Jerky is a high protein, low fat and low calorie snack which is perfect for active on-the-go lifestyles. This delicious snack comes in a variety of flavours and the texture makes it an ideal food to have with you on long journeys, in your gym bag or for taking to work. Unlike other healthy snacks, jerky will not spill or be crushed in your bag during the course of the day and is extremely lightweight for such a nutrient packed food. As well as being a great source of protein, beef jerky is also a good source of B vitamins and iron.

Depending on the brand and flavour of beef jerky that you purchase, you should expect to see a certain level of sodium (salt) content. Excessive sodium consumption is associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems and so it is not advisable to consume excessive amounts of beef jerky. In addition to a healthy and balanced diet the sodium content of beef jerky should not be an issue. However, if you are concerned about this you can choose products which are flavoured with herbs and spices such as black pepper which have a reduced salt content. It is also possible to make your own beef jerky so that you know the exact ingredients you have used in your healthy snack.

If you haven’t considered this snack before, it is certainly worth trying! Check out our Wildwest range of beef jerky Smile

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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