The New Energy Bar: Healthy Jerky

Out with preservative-packed convenience store meat sticks, in with portable, all-natural, artisanal, and gluten-free high-protein snacks.

If “jerky” conjures up images of a preservative-packed meat stick from the convenience store, surprise: The latest versions of this portable, high-protein snack are all-natural, artisanal, and gluten-free.

Aimed at the health-conscious seeking a natural, low-sugar energy source, these jerkies are made with leaner, higher-quality meat and without nitrates or other preservatives. Delicious vegan options exist, too. Some companies are even offering smoky jerky strips with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a nutrient-dense trail mix. Happy chewing.

A few of our favorite jerkies:

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