Thursday, September 18, 2014

We've got Jerky!

My dehydrator has been going non-stop, but the biggest surprise of all during my experimentation is that beef jerky has become the #1 hit in our household (a 'game changer' as my husband says!). Why am I so excited about this? Is jerky even healthy? Let me answer these questions!
No, usually the store bought jerky is preserved with tonnes of sodium, nitrates, flavorings etc. When you make it yourself, you choose the quality of meat (lean works best, farm-raised etc) and the seasonings (I make my own blend of garlic powder, chili powder, sea salt, brown sugar and I use it as a dry rub, marinating overnight).
Why is this such a wonderful snack? For those of you watching your sugar (ie. fruit, grains, baked goods) consumption, this is a wonderful paleo snack that provided lots of protein, iron and minerals without affecting blood sugar. For children, it supports their tissue and brain development - although keep in mind that young children only require about half the protein (but more healthy fats) than adults - this increases if your child is in sports. Dried meat has been around for centuries as a healthy and convenient way to get protein, so adding it to your snack options is a wonderful idea for those of you on the go! Enjoy!

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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