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6 Healthy Jerky and Meat Snacks for On-the-Go Protein

  • Chef's Cut

    Chef's Cut

    Chef's Cut offers turkey, steak, chicken, and bacon jerky—all of which are gluten-free, slow-smoked, and highly flavorful. Made from turkey breast, the turkey jerky is tender and meaty. You can taste a subtle "smoke" flavor. Each 1-ounce serving of this flavor has 6 grams each of carbohydrates and sugar, 12 grams of protein, and 80 calories. ($6 for 2.5-ounce bag, chefscutrealjerky.com)

  • Vermont Smoke & Cure

    Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks

    These are as "clean" as they come. The products from Vermont Smoke & Cure include uncured bacon, uncured summer sausage, smoked pepperoni, half/whole hams and, conveniently, beef, pork, and turkey sticks. The company sources their meats from animals that have been humanely raised and vegetarian fed. Some meats even come from local Vermont farms. The sticks are encased in collagen, the protein your body produces naturally and that has been shown to improve range of motion and reduce pain. With zero sugar or carbs and 8 grams of protein per stick, it's hard not to eat two of these in one sitting. ($2 for a single stick or $33 for a 24-pack, vermontsmokeandcure.com)

  • KivaSun Foods

    KivaSun Foods

    Made from bison that contains no antibiotics, added hormones, MSG, or nitrates, KivaSun Foods bison jerky packs 12 grams of protein per serving with virtually zero fat (0.5 grams). Founded by Native American PGA Golfer Notah Begay III, the company donates some funds to NB3, Begay's nonprofit organization that works toward preventing diabetes and obesity in Native American youth. Try the new bison snack that comes in two flavors: Original and Hatch Chile. ($9, kivasunfoods.com)

  • Krave Jerky

    Krave Artisinal

    Krave's Artisanal is a small batch line from Krave, with unique flavors and meats. Established by the nonprofit organization Global Animal Partnership (GAP), the GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare rating program consists of species-specific welfare standards for animals. Krave's Artisanal Beef Jerky is Step 4-certified, indicating pasture-centered farming. According to GAP, "cattle must spend at least three-quarters of their lives on the range or pasture when seasonal conditions permit." (The highest rating is Step 5+, in which cattle live their entire life on the farm or pasture.) The Cabernet Rosemary flavor has relatively low sodium for a beef jerky (260mg per serving), 11 grams of protein, and 9 grams of carbs. ($9 per 3.25-ounce bag, kravejerky.com/artisanal)

  • Caveman Foods

    Caveman Foods Primal Bar

    Caveman Foods has one type of jerky: chicken jerky. And its macronutrients do the talking. The Honey Chipotle flavor has 1.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, and 12 grams of protein. The Buffalo Style flavor is also sugar-free. Plus, the company makes the filling Primal Bar, which is a meat snack made of dark and white meat chicken that comes in three flavors: blueberry pepper, sweet cherry, and smoked jalapeño. ($7 for a 3.25-ounce jerky bag, $30 for 12 Primal Bars, cavemanfoods.com)

  • EPIC

    Epic Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon Bits

    Epic makes food for the true carnivore: Their bars are made from meats like venison, lamb, and wild boar, and they're cut into small, square bites so you won't be gnawing on any long strips of meat. Their standout bite is the Alaskan Salmon Maple Dill Bites, which have 9 grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar and carbs, all for 60 calories. The brand's Uncured Bacon and Chicken Bits are versatile enough to add to other recipes. A 3-ounce bag of Uncured Bacon Bits is carb- and sugar-free, making it easy to add to morning omelets, lunch salads, or homemade trail mix. You can't get much more simple than five key ingredients: pork, water, sea salt, vinegar, and celery powder are all you need. ($7 for one package of Uncured Bacon Bits, epicbar.com)

 

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