The 5 Best Healthy Jerkys You Can Get On Amazon

Jerky isn't just for bros anymore.

August 11, 2017
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Beef jerky used to be the ultimate bro food. But this gas station staple’s macho image isn’t so cut-and-dried anymore. The Paleo movement fueled a new interest in the portable protein, especially higher-end versions made from tender, grass-fed cuts with fewer preservatives.

Ready-to-eat non-perishable snacks tend to be mostly carb-based, so new, non-leathery jerkies are a great savory option. But is the stuff really good for you? The answer is yes, especially if you’re a woman. It’s full of protein and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, all things women tend to skimp on, says Leslie Bonci, R.D., who owns Active Eating Advice, a nutrition consulting company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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While “grass-fed” is the latest buzzword on pouches of dried meat, the nutritional difference is only slight. “If you want more omega-3s, try salmon jerky,” suggests Bonci. She likes jerkies made from lean meats like poultry, or those made with beans and veggies in the mix, so you get your fix of produce and protein simultaneously. (If you prefer straight-up beef jerky, she recommends pairing it with fresh fruit, nuts, or veggies to get in your fiber and make it a complete snack.) Some of her favs (and ours) follow:

Mighty Organic Beef Sticks
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Mighty Organic Beef Sticks

A far cry from the greasy, processed meat snacks of your youth, these tender sticks are made entirely from grass-fed cows, and pack six grams of protein each. You can’t go wrong with any of these tasty flavors (original, teriyaki, or spicy jalapeno).

Buy it: $48 for pack of 24, amazon.com

Related: 10 Signs You Have An Iron Deficiency

Epic Bars
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Epic Bars

Made with meat—including more exotic sources such as bison and lamb—fruit, and nuts, these bars aspire to be your ultimate nutrition grab and go. We’d say they succeed. Most deliver at least 10 grams of protein for under 150 calories.

Buy it: $27 for 9, amazon.com

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Krave Sticks
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Krave Sticks

We love that these sticks (as well as the traditional jerky and bars) don’t contain added nitrates like lots of processed meats, since research shows over-consuming those compounds could be carcinogenic. Plus, they incorporate ingredients like sweet potatoes and beans to up the nutritive value and flavor. Choose from Spicy Red Pepper Pork with Black Beans, Rosemary Lemon Turkey with White Beans, or Sesame Garlic Beef with Sweet Potato.

Buy it: $36 for 24, amazon.com

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Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks
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Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks

This New England company has been making its own jerky since the 1960s and it’s fair to say they’ve perfected the art. Any of their varieties—three meats (turkey, pork, or beef), eight flavors—is a great way to satisfy a protein craving.

Buy it: $31 for 18, amazon.com

Related: The Crazy High-Protein Snack Angelina Jolie’s Kids Love

Wilde Boldr Premium Meat Bars
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Wilde Premium Meat Bars

These uber-protein bars mix slow-roasted chicken, turkey, or beef with produce in savory flavors such as Peach BBQ and Sweet Thai Basil.

Buy it: $35 for 15, amazon.com

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