March Madness Party Tips and Food Ideas

March Madness Party Planning TipsIf you and your friends are basketball fans, it makes perfect sense to throw a March Madness party during college basketball season. Basketball parties can be a lot of fun with the right group of family and friends. You can watch the games, enjoy some great food, and socialize with your guests. Take turns hosting March Madness parties within your social circle or consider migrating to a local sports bar for some of the more exciting games. A few March Madness party tips can help you get your festivities moving in the right direction.

No matter whom you plan to invite – only fans of your team or enemies alike – your March Madness event is sure to be a success if you put a little time and thought into the planning. Consider these March Madness party tips and food ideas to help you plan an awesome basketball party for yourself and all your friends.

March Madness Party Planning Tips
Consider these March Madness party planning tips to help get your gathering organized for fun and excitement:

•    Decorate your home with your favorite team’s colors or choose paper and plastic party ware in the team colors.

•    For fun or for a small wager, offer everyone their own bracket to fill out for the week’s games or for the whole season. You can also fill out a huge bracket board as a group.

•    Have everyone wear their favorite college basketball jersey or clothing in their preferred team’s colors.

•    During intermissions and commercial breaks, have a little competition of trashcan basketball or Nerf basketball.

March Madness Party Food Tips
Consider these March Madness menu ideas for your party food:

•    Go for a fun and authentic menu of basketball game food like you would find at a sports arena – popcorn, hotdogs, chicken fingers, fries, soft pretzels, soft drinks, and of course, beer!

•    Make up your March Madness party food menu using creative names and food ideas to taunt your opponents, like roasted Jayhawks!

•    Don’t forget dessert, like Blue Devil’s Food Cake. You can also make a bracket cake!

•    If you can’t find creative food to make, at least put your party food in basketball themed serving ware.

These are just a few ideas for March Madness parties and party food. If you have hosted or attended a March Madness party, please share your favorite tips in our comments below.

 

Romantic Weekend Escapes to Enjoy with Your Sweetheart

Romantic weekend escapes can help us take a break from reality and focus on what really matters – our romantic relationships. A romantic escape planned over the weekend or over a long weekend can be just what the doctor ordered to reduce stress levels and rekindle the flame of your marriage or relationship. No matter where you live in the world, you can find dozens of romantic weekend escapes to enjoy with your significant other. Even if cost is a concern, you can still plan a romantic escape on a budget.

Couples should take the time to enjoy romantic weekend escapes as often as possible, but at the very least, once every other month or so. Consider these ideas for romantic weekend escapes you can enjoy near your home or after a short drive or a quick flight.

Top 10 Romantic Weekend Escapes

Check out these suggestions for romantic weekend escapes you can plan on any budget.

1.    Escape to a mountain retreat. No matter what the weather, a romantic weekend escape to the mountains can be an unforgettable trip you’ll both enjoy. Even if you stay snuggled inside your cabin next to a roaring fire, things couldn’t be more perfect.

2.    Hide away in a beach bungalow. Who doesn’t love the beach? From the flawless sunset to the crashing waves, enjoyable beachside attractions, and excellent restaurants, you’ll run out of weekend before you run out of things to do together.

3.    Sail away on a cruise (or a houseboat!). Depending on how close you live to the departure port, you can enjoy romantic weekend escapes to several destinations when you plan a cruise. Extend your trip into a long weekend escape for an even more memorable experience.

4.    Catch a flight to your closest tropical island. Sometimes it is possible to get to a wonderfully romantic, tropical destination in under two or three hours by air. This is almost a no-brainer! Consider jetting off to the Bahamas, Bermuda, or another Caribbean destination for one of your romantic weekend escapes if it’s within your budget.

5.    Spend a romantic weekend in your nearest “big city.” If you live within a reasonable drive or train ride of New York City, this kind of romantic weekend escape is a fast favorite. Even in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and others, you can find just about every type of cuisine, shopping, and activity to enjoy with your loved one. Book a hotel room and enjoy your weekend!

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Review of The Biggest Loser’s Simply Sensible Meals

If you are trying to lose a little weight or just hoping to eat a little healthier, your grocer’s freezer or refrigerator may have more options for you than you’d think. Simply Sensible meals by The Biggest Loser offer consumers a healthy meal that is less than 300 calories per serving. Simply add a cup of fresh steamed vegetables and you can enjoy a delicious meal that is healthy and yummy.

I received two varieties of The Biggest Loser’s Simply Sensible meals to try for the purpose of this review. First we had Mediterranean-Style Chicken, which features boneless chicken breast with rib meat in a white wine and rosemary sauce with bowtie pasta. The dish also includes peas, olive slices, and red peppers. The second meal we tried was Beef Tips with Gravy and Brown Rice. The meals are sold fully cooked and just need to be warmed up before eating.

My husband and I usually eat Chicken Voila meals since they are pretty healthy and fast and easy to make. We really enjoyed the Biggest Loser meals, but we felt the Voila meals had more flavor, perhaps more spices. On a separate note, I am beginning to wonder if the Voila meals have MSG in them, as I am never full after eating a serving of the meal. With the Biggest Loser meals, I felt more satisfied after finishing dinner.

I enjoyed The Biggest Loser’s Simply Sensible Mediterranean-Style Chicken more than I thought I would, since I do not care for peppers. They really weren’t noticeable, and I was able to push them aside if needed. The bowtie pasta is always a hit in our house. I liked the little bit of sauce, but felt there could have been a bit more flavor. This meal has 250 calories per serving, 36g Carbohydrate (12%), and 400mg sodium (17%).

The Beef Tips with Gravy and Brown Rice meal was yummy but again could have used something in the way of spices. We enjoyed it but found it just a bit bland. We would have made it for dinner sooner, but the first time or two we wanted to try it, we didn’t have any fresh vegetables in the house. We finally managed to get some fresh broccoli and it was the perfect complement to the beef, gravy, and brown rice. I imagine next time we try this we could probably spice it up with a little fresh ground pepper or maybe some Italian seasonings. Honestly, it was still very delicious!

Preparation for these meals was super fast and easy. We would absolutely try them again, or explore the other varieties of Biggest Loser meals. They are nice to add into our rotation of fast-cook meals for those lazy nights or when we just aren’t able to spend much time cooking. Has anyone else tried them?

Silversport™ Bamboo Silver Towel™ for Workouts

If you’ve never worked out with a handy fitness towel, you should try it. You might never go back. The reason is simple. A soft, clean, flexible towel can help you stay drier during your workouts and it is soothing as it whisks away any perspiration from your face and neck. You can also use your fitness towel to clean off exercise equipment before and after use. Made of ultra-soft and renewable bamboo, the Silversport™ Silver Towel™ is a smart choice for your favorite workouts and everything in between.

Eco-friendly products are all the rage these days, and products that perform are the ones flying off the shelves. The Silver Towel boasts both benefits and has anti-microbial properties to boot. The towel itself actually contains Terra-Silver ™, which is a revolutionary nanotechnology employing real, natural silver particles to reduce odors and provide anti-microbial protection to the entire product. In fact, all Silversport™ products contain this Terra-Silver component, which, if you can believe it, successfully eliminates 650+ kinds of surface-borne bacteria. The surface of the towel releases silver ions, activated when the towel picks up moisture, resulting in efficient odor-reduction.

I received my very own Silver Towel for the purpose of this review, and I couldn’t be happier. The towel is the perfect workout companion for all of my favorite workout videos and indoor exercises like the Elliptical machine. It can also help dry you off after a long run or during competitive sports. I really love the flexible bamboo fabric that is super soft and comfortable to the skin. The towel is the perfect size and shape to sling around your neck before, after, or even during workouts. Another smart feature, the back of the towel has several textured logos of Silversport that act as grippers when you toss your towel across the gym onto another piece of workout equipment.

For more information about Silversport™, please visit www.silversport.com.

A Good Read – Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russel

The cold winds that come with winter for those of us living in a four-season climate makes it difficult to enjoy our outdoor hobbies. For me, this is the time of year that I search for a few good reads that I can take to my exercise bike in an effort to avoid the inevitable winter bulge that will appear otherwise.

In my search for a good book, I had the good fortune to receive a free copy of Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russel to review. The book takes the reader along a journey filled with emotion, the dreams that haunted the author, the trials and tribulations of the journey, and finally, the happy ending. Forever Lily is a tale of a woman who journeys to China with a friend and unexpectedly adopts a baby girl.

Despite the sadness that is often evoked from reading this book, Forever Lily is easy-to-read and enjoy. It’s a wonderful tale with an equally wonderful ending. You’ll probably find yourself looking for excuses to continue reading it rather than putting it down until tomorrow. For me, that equated to longer periods of bike riding!

Beth Nonte Russel also offers an entire line of products including perfumes, lotions, apparel, jewelry, accessories, and meditation CDs. These products are sold under Beth Nonte Russel’s brand, GoodTrueBeautiful, Inc. Her goal is to bring back a celebration of the beautiful parts of life as well as to inspire others to enjoy and appreciate the freedom that many of us have today.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any of these products is donated to the Golden Phoenix Foundation in a concerted effort to put an end to the child abandonment that continues to take place worldwide even today.

 

Athleta Yoga Gear for High-Performance Workouts

If you’ve been noticing your workouts dwindling lately, it may be time to add a new element of excitement to your routine. Some new workout clothes ought to do the trick! Athleta offers countless style options and color choices for your yoga, Pilates, strength training, running, swimming, and exercise videos. A new workout outfit can go a long way in motivating you to work harder and get stronger over time. Stylish workouts also allow you to be comfortable and fashionable when running errands or lounging around the house.

I received a brand new Athleta yoga outfit for the purpose of evaluation and review, and I couldn’t be happier. The outfit I received included the Sleeveless Twist Top in Kauai Blue Simhah and Revelation Pant in black.

Athleta Sleeveless Twist Top in Kauai Blue Simhah
The Athleta Sleeveless Twist Top is made of a Nylon / Polyester / Spandex blend for a very comfortable fit that is flexible to meet the needs of your workout. The fabric features Q-Skin yarn that has anti-odor and antibacterial properties, relying on silver particles to maintain a biological balance and keep odors caused by sweating at bay. Perhaps more importantly, the fabric of this shirt is moisture-wicking to keep you dry for your entire workout. This workout top is fitted, making it ideal for running, yoga, Pilates, workout videos, tennis, and for so many other activities.

I’ve worn my Twist Top at least three times and run it through the wash just as many. The performance during workouts and from the washer to the drying rack is flawless. I find it very comfortable, especially when paired with the Athleta Revelation Pant. The Athleta Twist Top retails for $49 and is available in a wide array of colors including purple, green, blue, black, and white.

Athleta Revelation Pant in Black
Perfect for yoga, Pilates, and looking cute in your workout gear, the Revelation Pant by Athleta is one piece of clothing you are going to want to wear again and again. Seriously, I have to keep an eye on my laundry pile to be sure I can wash these awesome yoga pants as soon as I am done wearing them. Athleta says these pants are one of their most popular items and it’s not surprising when you consider why.

The fit of the Revelation Pant is perfect – it hugs your curves without pulling or squishing. The fabric has a gusseted inseam for complete comfort whenever you wear these pants. The breathable, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry and comfortable during and after workouts. The styling and fit of the pants also make them appropriate for running to the gym, the post office, the grocery store, or any other errand you might have on your agenda. They are also super comfortable for just lounging around the house, doing housework, relaxing and watching movies, you name it. The pants also have a UPF of 50+, making them ideal for outdoor training and workouts as well. The Revelation Pant retails for $98. 

For more information about Athleta, please check out the Web site at http://athleta.gap.com.

30th Birthday Party – 80’s Theme with Costumes and Party Food Ideas

The 80’s brought so many unforgettable trends in fashion, music, and more. Some things we may miss or still hold close, others we wish we could forget. Still, being a child of the 80s – pretty much anyone celebrating a 30th birthday in the next decade (well, almost) – has its advantages and fond memories as well. Consider these ideas for throwing a fabulous 30th birthday with an 80’s party theme.

Planning a 1980’s party for a birthday or any occasion can be an exciting and fun experience. Consider these ideas for your 80’s party, including music, food and snacks, and of course, costumes from the 1980’s.

80’s Party Costumes and Clothing
No matter what your usual style preference, throw it all aside for the 1980’s. Check out these 80’s party costume ideas.

•    Slouch socks
•    MC Hammer pants
•    Bright neon colors
•    Spandex
•    Leggings with short skirts
•    Oversized sweatshirts or t-shirts
•    Jean jackets
•    Iconic costumes from movies like Top Gun, Flash Dance, etc.

80’s Party Snacks and Food Ideas
As you plan the menu for your 80’s birthday party or other special event, try to remember some of your favorite snacks and candies from your childhood. Here are a few 80’s candy and snack suggestions:

•    Cupcakes baked in ice cream cones
•    Ellios Pizzas
•    Pop Rocks
•    Whistle pops
•    Fruit Rollups
•    Anything you enjoyed eating as a child

80’s Party Music Ideas
To ensure your 1980’s birthday bash is a success, be sure you have a special 80’s music playlist on someone’s iPod. Be sure to get some of the greatest hits and one-hit-wonders alike.

•    Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
•    Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing”
•    Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
•    Van Halen – “Jump”
•    Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
•    Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
•    The Bangles – “Walk Like an Egyptian”
•    A-Ha – “Take On Me”
•    Poison – “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”
•    The B-52’s – “Love Shack”
•    Paula Abdul – “Straight Up”

There are really too many good 80’s songs to mention here in the article. If you have more to share, and especially if we didn’t list your favorite 80’s tune, please help us keep the list going in the comments below!

Last-Minute President’s Day Weekend Getaways

Making vacation plans over a three-day weekend, like President’s weekend, can help you to extend your trip while taking advantage of a free vacation day in many cases. Long weekends away can be great for recharging your batteries, relaxing, or even doing something more adventurous on impulse. If you are looking for a last-minute President’s Day weekend getaway, just give yourself some time to consider the options and you should be able to put together a long weekend trip in no time.

Here are a few ideas for things you can do over President’s weekend for a special long weekend getaway.

•    Find availability on a last-minute cruise with accommodations still open. You can often get a rock-bottom deal when you purchase open inventory on a cruise ship shortly before the departure dates.

•    Head off to a bed and breakfast in a unique area for something new and different to do. You can relax the day away, check out local wineries, shopping, arts, and culture.

•    Find a quiet mountain retreat where you can hide away with the one you love. Consider a log cabin, house on a lake, or resort community in the mountains (like the Poconos).

•    Follow your sporting team for an away game that weekend. If you like hockey or basketball, you should be able to find a fun away game to enjoy at a unique location.

•    Go away for a weekend to play in the snow. In many parts of the country, February offers countless skiing options, as well as snowmobiling, snow tubing, ice skating, and so many other winter activities. Embrace the winter season!

These are just a few ideas to give you some inspiration for fantastic President’s Day weekend getaways that you can enjoy with your sweetheart, other couples, or even with your family, depending on what you decide to do. Planning a President’s weekend getaway at the last minute can still work out great as long as you have a budget and travel dates in mind. Have fun!

Fabulous Yoga Workout Clothes from GothamGear

When you have the right kind of motivation, your workouts can be so much more productive. Gorgeous yoga workout clothing from GothamGear gives you confidence and style all in one, boosting your workout potential and offering you stylish duds to wear around the house, to the gym, or simply during your favorite workouts.

GothamGear’s collection of yoga and fitness clothes, Mortal by GothamGear, offers a number of styles and colors to give your workout wardrobe the variety you love and the performance you crave. The brand grew out of one woman’s frustration in being unable to find workout clothing that she could wear while running errands or grabbing a bite to eat. She founded GothamGear to solve that problem, especially with the city lifestyle and limited storage space in mind.

 

I received a generous package including two yoga outfits (two pair of yoga pants and two tanks) as well as two BPA-free water bottles from Jenny Goodman, the owner of GothamGear, and I couldn’t be more excited! The sleek, silky, stretchy fabric of the yoga pants and tops make them so comfortable that you won’t want to take them off. The styles of the yoga tops and pants are especially flattering to your figure, giving you even more confidence for your workout or simply casual comforts when wearing them around the house.

All four of the garments I received are made of comfortable, durable MortalTech, which is comprised of 88% nylon (100% recycled) and 12% Lycra® fabric. MortalTech delivers effective moisture wicking and four-way stretch for a comfortable stretch no matter what your activity. In case you missed it in the explanation of the fabric, GothamGear Mortal yoga garments are “green,” made from technical stretch fabric with 100% recycled nylon.

Fold-over Waist Yoga Pant
The Fold-over Waist Yoga Pant is one of my new favorite workout pants, and I love wearing them around the house before I work out. I really enjoy the flexibility of these pants, as well as how nicely they contour to the body. The fold-over band of fabric is double the waistband height so you can choose a height that is comfortable and flattering based on your own body type and shape.

These pants feature perfect, flat seams, a non-elastic, self-banded waistband, and a double-layer gusset for complete comfort along all your body’s curves. The Fold-over Waist Yoga Pants are fitted through the hips and thighs for a very attractive look. These pants also include a small inside pouch pocket on the back left hip where you can easily store a few dollars, your key, your ID, or other small necessities.

Five Pocket Jean Pant
Another comfortable and stylish offering from GothamGear, the Five Pocket Jean Pant is a fashionable way to get your yoga on, not to mention running your errands, walking the dog, chasing the kids around, and whatever else you do on a daily basis. Fitted through the hips and thighs, these ladies’ workout pants fit like jeans but perform like the ultimate fitness wear.

For anyone who loves having back pockets in their pants, these yoga pants with functional, usable back pockets are a great fit! They also feature a self-banded non-elastic waistband, a double-layer gusset, flat seams, belt loops, back yoke detail, and more. The faux front pockets and faux fly add to the look and style of these eco-friendly yoga pants. These pants and the fold-over style are available in sizes XS through L and are available in black, indigo, and charcoal.

Twist-front Cami
Who says you can’t look super cute when you work out? The Twist-front Cami in the Mortal collection has a flattering sweetheart neckline, a straight back, and a twisted bust. This yoga tank has a feminine style but don’t be surprised when it performs beyond your workout expectations. One of my favorite features in GothamGear’s yoga tanks is the shelf-bra with non-elastic support. It’s a comfortable alternative to the elastic style shelf-bras.

The straps are adjustable and the flat seams offer the most comfortable fit. The yoga top is fitted throughout and looks amazing with either style of the Mortal yoga pants. One thing to keep in mind when ordering is the sizing. Consider ordering a size medium or above if you are typically wearing a C cup or larger in bra size. The size small in the Twist-front Cami top seemed to be a bit of a squeeze for me.

Side-tie Cami
I absolutely adore the style of Jenny Goodman’s Side-tie Cami. The fit is very comfortable and the side-tie looks lovely with either style of her yoga pants. The scoop neckline is flattering and comfortable, making it ideal for your yoga and Pilates workouts. At first my side-tie came undone while working out, but I had forgotten to double-knot it. Simply add a double-knot and you are set to work out without any issues!

Fitted throughout for an attractive look, the Side-tie Cami also features a self-banded waistband (instead of elastic) and self-banded shelf-bra. The adjustable straps make it easy to find the right fit for your frame, and they don’t slip or come undone while your body is in motion. Both of these yoga tops are available in size XS through L and in colors of washed blue, indigo, charcoal, and black.

I have run my new yoga clothes from GothamGear through the wash several times already and they are flawless. They dry quickly enough that I can wear them the same day I wash them and I really do enjoy the comfort, the fit, and the style. Even on days when I don’t feel like working out, these women’s workout clothes from GothamGear really seem to help push me toward my goals.

GothamGear is an eco-friendly women’s fitness apparel company located in New York City. Each purchase also receives a complimentary BPA-free water bottle. To learn more about GothamGear, please visit https://www.shopgothamgear.com.

For a limited time, Life Love Beauty readers can take advantage of a special coupon code – LIFELOVEBEAUTY – good from today through 2/18/11 for 15% off online purchases at https://www.shopgothamgear.com. The entire line of Mortal workout clothing is available at Glittering Conscience, 96 West Houston Street, NY, NY as well. (The discount is valid only online, not at the store.)

Eastern Ideas for Human Wellness – Refreshing Sokenbicha™ Tea Blends

Time-honored Japanese traditions are sometimes based in the belief that nature is an important element of our well being. Drawing upon those beliefs, Sokenbicha™ offers a fine line of authentically brewed tea blends with natural botanicals.

Creating a modern taste laced with a generous helping of ancient wisdom, Sokenbicha™ provides five flavorful, natural tea blends without preservatives or sugar as ingredients. These flavorful teas are unsweetened so they contain no calories, a real benefit for women over 40 or those individuals who are simply trying to lose a bit of weight.

 

Drawing from the ancient wisdom embraced in the 5 Elements Theory, Sokenbicha™ strives to provide a refreshing beverage blended to offer proper balance for the body’s elements in an effort to restore good health and well-being.

The holistic approach of the Five Elements Theory follows the ancient belief that the interrelationship of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) is responsible for changes in the natural world. The ancient Japanese firmly held to the belief that the proper balance among these elements should lead to an individual’s well being.

Therefore, Sokenbicha™ designed its blend of teas and botanicals to bring about a balance within the human body. Five varieties have been created including Revive, Defend, Purify, Shape, and Skin.

Revive is crisp and cool. This oolong tea blend offers a delicate fruity flavor of pomegranate and raspberry blended with rose hips and black tea.

Defend is flavorful yet mild in taste. Defend is an oolong tea blend created with ginseng and guava leaves.

Purify is deliciously aromatic. This green tea blend offers the calming experience associated with chamomile and the healing effect of aloe.

Shape is bold. This barley tea blend features notes of the peach flower.

Skin is very bold. A delicious barley tea, Skin is blended with hints of ginger and cinnamon.

Sokenbicha’s tea blends are authentically brewed from natural teas and botanicals in an effort to provide women with an alternative beverage that brings the positive back into a woman’s life.

While I did receive these products free for the purposes of this review, I did enjoy their flavorful taste as well as the feeling of calmness I experienced while drinking them.

Cool Traditions and Other Fun Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to get together with friends and family, indulge in all the fantastic football foods you love, and kick back, relax, and watch the big game and all the funny commercials. Even if you aren’t a football fan you can still have a great time socializing with the ones you love during the Super Bowl. Consider these ideas for cool traditions and other fun things you can do during or in lieu of a Super Bowl party.

No matter if you are spending the day with friends or family, consider these ideas for Super Bowl alternatives or related activities you can enjoy on the big day of football:

•    Play your own game of backyard football! For many people this year, it may be a very strenuous game of “snow football,” which may be better yet since the snow can make tackling your opponent less dangerous.

•    Have your own playful bet on the outcome of the game. The winner with the closest predicted score goes home with a case of beer, a bottle of booze, or a few dollars from each participant.

•    Keep a running tally of the best commercials. Then, after the game, compare your choices online with all the confirmed fan favorites.

•    Set up a card table off to the side. Anyone who isn’t interested in the game can play poker, blackjack, or Go Fish.

•    Go out to a bar or restaurant to enjoy the game. Instead of planning a Super Bowl party or watching the game at your house, go to your favorite sports bar and enjoy the festivities on the big screen.

•    Watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Who doesn’t love adorable, scrambling puppies that play together on TV? Don’t miss this annual classic on the day of the big game! (Or have your own puppy bowl by inviting a few friends and their dogs or puppies!)

These are just a few ideas for things you can do on Super Bowl Sunday in addition or in lieu of watching the game at your home. What other ideas can you think of?

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!