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Why Wouldn't You Beef Jerky?

Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:32:48 PM America/New_York

 

Beef jerky has had a place in America’s culinary history from the days of the Wild West up to the present. Today it’s one of the most popular of snack foods, rivaling even potato chips and popcorn. For most people there’s only one reason to eat beef jerky - because it tastes great! No other snack quite satisfies that craving for meaty savoriness like jerky.

But there are many other reasons to indulge in beef jerky besides taste, including some that may surprise you. Read on for some of the things that make beef jerky such an awesome food.

6 Great Things About Beef Jerky

  • It’s good for you. Because most of the fat and moisture is removed from beef jerky when it’s made, it’s a great source of protein, up to 15 grams per serving, and it’s about 98% fat-free. Because if its high protein content, beef jerky is a favorite of body-builders, athletes, and those on a diet.

  • It’s convenient. Beef jerky is small and lightweight and easy to carry, which makes it a top choice of those on the go like joggers and backpackers, and with campers and hunters.

  • It lasts a long time. Because beef jerky can be stored for months at a time, it’s not a bad idea to keep some in the cupboard and in the car for emergencies.

  • Variety. Beef jerky is the number one type, but jerky can be made from any type of meat, like venison, elk, buffalo, and more. And of course it can be marinated and flavored with all kinds of delicious sauces and seasonings.

  • It’s Native American food. America’s indigenous peoples have been making and enjoying jerky for centuries, and it was actually one of the basic staples of their diet. Before refrigerators it was a simple and easy way to preserve fresh meat that would last for a long time in any kind of weather.The word jerky derives from the native word ‘charqui’, which means ‘burns meat’.

  • Beef jerky has been to space! Because of its portability and high protein content, beef jerky was a regular addition to the food supply on the space shuttle.

Crockett Creek has been making beef jerky the Southern way for over two decades. So when you eat some, remember all the good things about beef jerky and do it guilt-free.



Posted in Foods By Frank Perez

Top Ten Foods to Sneak into a Movie Theater

Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:26:51 PM America/New_York

While popcorn is enjoyable to munch on while watching a movie in a theater, movie theater snacks can be expensive and laden with fat and sugar. Sometimes, you just need to bring in your own snacks, even if it is against the rules. If you're headed to the movie theater, below are a few easy, healthy snacks that fit easily into your purse or pocket.

1. Beef jerky. Jerky is a satisfying and healthy treat. Loaded with protein and low on fat, Jerky will keep you from getting hungry and allow you to focus on the film.

2. Dried fruit. Dried fruit, such as raisins or dried apricots, are easy to eat while you're watching the movie and their complex sugar will keep hunger at bay for hours.

3. Nuts. Nuts, too, make a good movie snack. Roasted almonds, cashews and peanuts all make a healthy treat. Just make sure to buy the low sodium variety.

4. Cheese cubes. If you have a little extra time before you leave for the movie, cut up a chunk of american, swiss, hot pepper or other non-smelly cheese. Put the cubes in a ziploc bag for easy access.

5. Baby carrots. Baby carrots are also easy to munch on and require little preparation.

6. Grapes. Self-contained fruit, such as berries or grapes, are easy to pop in your mouth during the film.

7. Granola bars. Don't discount commercial health bars and snacks. Just make a stop at the convenience store on the way to the movie theater.

8. Snack mix. Snack mix, that garlicky combination of cereal, nuts and pretzels, isn't just for the holiday season. A plastic bag full of this yummy snack makes a good movie munchie. Just make sure to bring some extra napkins, as the buttery mixture can make your hands a little greasy.

9.Celery sticks with peanut butter. Another good plan-ahead snack is to fill bite-size celery hearts with peanut butter and seal them in individual portion-size bags. Extra napkins are a good idea for this treat, also.

10. Seeds. Lastly, seeds, like sunflower seeds, make an enjoyable and satisfying treat, while being easy to carry in a cellophane or plastic bag.

Watching what you snack on doesn't have to keep you away from the movie theaters. Pack a little jerky, dried fruit, buts and cheese cubes in your purse or backpack and eat healthy during the movie.

Posted in Foods By Frank Perez
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