For all the meat lovers around the world, this is definitely a cause for a round of applause! Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or to simply start eating healthier there’s a growing selection of meat snacks you can be indulging to curb your meat craving and achieve your goals. We have covered top healthy meat snacks in this article.
So, if you’ve been thinking about switching to the usual healthy snacks like crackers, fruit and yoghurt, I can tell you now that isn’t necessary. You can live on being a carnivore and enjoying the great flavoursome meat snacks that life has to offer!
4 healthy meat snacks
1. Beef Biltong
There’s a growing demand for healthy nutritious snacks and beef biltong has been rapidly growing to answer our demands. Beef biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originates from Southern Africa, that includes flavoursome spices. M-EAT! based in the UK deliver delicious cured steak, flavoured with vinegar and spices that have been slow dried for three days.
This is exactly the type of healthy meat snacks we can all be enjoying. Their beef biltong was produced to be high in protein, low in fat and carbs. Ensuring added natural nutrition, they produce their snacks from grass fed cows with no additives and strictly no msg. Beef biltong is not only tasty and delicious but healthy too and can easily be purchased in small packets, so you don’t easily over indulge.
If you’re someone looking to pack on the muscle through exercise or sculpt your body structure to become leaner, then M-eat’s high in protein delicious biltong could be for you.
2. Beef Jerky
Very similar to biltong, beef jerky is a lean trimmed meat that gets cut into slices. It’s dried for a number of days and flavoured with a combination of great flavours, such as sweet chilli, peri peri, chilli chutney and the listgoes on. Beef jerky is healthy with brands now delivering the best jerky they can find, producing jerky using the finest and leanest cuts of beef(1), reducing fat to almost zero. In an average bag of 100g you are likely to find nearly 60g of protein alone. So, if you’re focusing on your gym gains and looking to aid your recovery, beef jerky can be extremely beneficial.
Now, there are many brands of beef jerky available, so I recommend doing your research and thinking about:
- What nutritional benefits am I looking for?
- How much would I like to spend?
- What brand is easiest for me to obtain locally?
- What flavour do I prefer?
3. Turkey jerky
If you’re after a high source of protein and something slightly different then turkey jerky may be your answer. Turkey jerky being full of protein is great for those of you that focus on the gym and are looking to increase your intake of protein to repair your body quickly after a gym session. It usually also has a very low-fat intake so if you’re looking to lean up or lose weight then turkey jerky would be a great addition to your diet.
There’s not a large amount of turkey jerky brands around, they’re very much localised brands. So, to try out turkey jerky yourself I’d recommend, trying ‘Billy Franks Paleo Turkey Jerky’ which is available in the UK or Field Trip All-Natural Turkey Jerky, Cracked Pepper if you are in the US.
If you see yourself as a whiz in the kitchen then I’d also recommend buying the ingredients and creating it yourself at home. Here’s a recipe I’d recommend from Table Spoon(2).
4. Meaty Snack Bar
Similar to turkey jerky, meaty snack bars are new recipes which people are turning to for their high protein carnivore nutrition. Epic, a brand that creates savoury snack bars has been creating mouth-watering snacks to quench our meaty thirst. Within their collection of snack bars, they have Bison Bacon Cranberry Bars, Chicken Sriracha and Venison. These types of meaty bars make for a great mid-afternoon snack that’s gluten-free, sugar free packing in the nutrients and protein we need.
If you’re someone who is always on the go, then these bars may be a great answer to ensuring you are getting the right healthy nutrients you need after a fitness session.
At this point, I’m assuming you’re likely licking your lips, thinking about how you’re going to get your hands on these. It shows that healthy snacks don’t have to be boring usual snacks that everyone recommends. There are great products, selections and brands coming to the market to answer our desires and all we need to do is try them and see if it fits our requirements. So, don’t waste any time and go find the meaty snacks that do it for you.