Even when people make an effort to have healthy meals with all the required macro nutrients, they tend to miss one very important aspect: snacking. You may have had a balanced meal with high quality protein, healthy fats, fiber and some carbs, but you ruin it by indulging in treats like candies and jellies, fizzy drinks, chocolate, ice cream, waffles and so on. These have plenty of refined sugar, additives and especially carbs, making you sluggish in the long run, irritable and eventually fat.
There is a better way of snacking. If you want to lose weight, get fit or stay lean, you must pay attention to all that you eat or drink between meals. Wrong choices will derail you from your fitness goal. More and more people have turned to alternatives like protein bars – because these are packed with all the good nutrients and their flavor and texture are only getting better. Besides protein bars, however, you have the incredible meat snacks. We are talking about actual lean meat, with no additives and without the fat.
The ultimate meaty snack comes in the form of jerky. This is not only made of beef, but also of turkey or pork. The best results are obtained when jerky is prepared the traditional way: drying meat using salt and softening it with a tasty marinade, made of natural ingredients (spices, lemon juice etc.). Therefore, not only that you're not loading your body with unhealthy additives that increase the toxicity levels, but you're also getting a good quantity of protein to support your fitness ambitions.
In the same category with jerky is biltong, an African dried meat specialty. This looks like shredded meat once it's prepared. The method does not involve the use of salt. The fresh meat is simply air dried in optimal conditions and spiced with various mixtures to achieve the desired taste. It can be eaten as it is, on the go, or combined with other healthy ingredients like homemade dips, nut butters etc.
Consuming such high protein snacks is a way to control one's weight and avoid loading on fat (or fattening substances). It means adequate nutrition for the muscles, which is going to support those gym efforts.