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Jack Link’s Beef Jerky – Perfect Workout Snack or Beer Pairing Treat

If you are looking for a yummy snack that is satisfying and pretty healthy for you, beef jerky might not be the first thing to come to mind. Truth be told, this savory, flavorful snack goes great with beer, makes a perfect road trip snack, and is even a great pick-me-up to enjoy after a strenuous workout. Jack Link’s offers such a wide variety of jerky flavors you’d be hard pressed to get bored with this nutritious, meaty snack.

Jack Link’s products originally came to mind as a great pairing option for a variety of different beers. In my recent workout frenzy, I found the many benefits of eating beef jerky as a post-exercise snack. Jerky is traditionally low in calories and high in protein, a great combination for anyone looking to lose weight, burn fat, and satisfy their hunger in between meals.

I received a generous supply of many different flavors and varieties of Jack Link’s Jerky for the purpose of this review. I was astounded at the countless types of jerky, and found each to be as delicious as the next. Jack Link’s offers jerky nuggets as well as the standard style of beef jerky. Even if you aren’t a fan of red meat, don’t write off this company just yet! Jack Link’s also offers the innovative turkey jerky, ham jerky, and buffalo chicken jerky – three very satisfying snacks that are out of the norm but very worth the change in pace.

Here are a few notes on some of the flavors of Jack Link’s Jerky that my husband and I have enjoyed so far:

Teriyaki Beef Jerky and Nuggets
Jack Link’s Teriyaki jerky products are a refreshing change from the typical beef jerky flavors. This variety had a sweet and savory flavor that was a perfect snack during an Eagles tailgate earlier this season.
14g protein, 5g sugars, 1g fat, 25% DV sodium

Peppered Beef Jerky and Nuggets
A traditional favorite of ours, the peppered beef jerky offers a slightly spicy taste that leaves you craving more. It is a perfect complement to a tall beer or a snack on your road trip or anytime in between meals.
15g protein, 3g sugars, 1g fat, 25% DV sodium

Original Hickory Smokehouse Beef Jerky
This flavor of Jack Link’s may make you want to drive on over to your nearest steakhouse. This delicious type is rich in flavor and one of the classic Jack Link’s favorites. It’s a very satisfying snack or a great appetizer.
12g protein, 5g sugars, 1g fat, 23% DV sodium

Original Turkey Jerky Nuggets
For the jerky fan that is ready for a change, consider turkey jerky, which is a healthy and fun alternative to traditional jerky. This flavor is dangerously good – you might have to apply some self control once you open the package of this delicious turkey jerky. This type is low in sugars and sodium – enjoy!
11g protein, 2g sugars, 1g fat, 16% DV sodium

Maple & Brown Sugar Ham Jerky Nuggets
If you like the idea of turkey jerky, you are going to love ham jerky. These diverse flavors can’t be beat and they are some of my very favorites so far. This type of jerky is satisfying the same way stealing a few slices of pepperoni off a pizza would be. Enjoy this unusual snack anytime – it’s a great change from the usual routine. A great bonus, this one is lower in sodium!
9g protein, 6g sugars, 1g fat, 15% DV sodium

Flamin Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
If you like buffalo chicken dip, this flavor of Jack Link’s is a must-have! These delicious bites of spicy, seasoned chicken can’t be beat. Try them as a snack whenever you need a little kick in your day. Added bonus – very low in sugar!
9g protein, 2g sugars, 1g fat, 25% DV sodium

In addition to being a great weight loss snack, Jack Link’s jerky products also make a great addition to your Super Bowl spread. You can set out a few bags along with your chips and pretzels or simply pour your favorite Jack Link’s into a dish for all to enjoy. You can even get portion-controlled sizes so your family can take the jerky to school, to work, or on the go.

If you are interested in pairing jerky with beer, you will find this is a great combination to enjoy at home or on the go. You can mix and match your favorite beers with your favorite jerky products at random or you can actually coordinate special courses to test and enjoy. If you are interested in pairing beer with jerky, be sure to check out the Jack Link’s site and their beer pairing section!


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