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Why You’ll Love It
Thrive Market 6-Piece Jerky Sampler
Meaty, chewy jerky dates all the way back to our cavemen ancestors who used to smoke-dry and preserve long strips of meat. Today, it continues to be a low-fat, protein-packed treat that’s easy to enjoy on the go. That makes it a godsend for athletes, outdoor fanatics, road trippers, and anyone craving big flavor with little hassle.
But, beware: Not all jerkies are created equal. Some brands are made with highly processed, chopped, and formed meat (rather than premium grass-fed strips). To make matters worse, they’re also combined with heaps and heaps of sugar, salt, and potentially harmful preservatives—all of which transform a good source of lean protein into a calorie and sodium bomb.
Among these harmful preservatives are nitrites and nitrates (also found in cured sandwich meats, bacon, salami, and sausages), which help prolong shelf life and give meat that “fresh” reddish-pink color. Unfortunately, studies have linked nitrites and nitrates to potential stomach cancer, labeling them “probable human carcinogens” that shouldn’t be consumed in large quantities.
The good news is that tons of progress has been made in the world of jerky, making it easier than ever to avoid the unhealthy kind and instead experiment with new spices, meats, and flavors.
Thrive Market has curated a collection of six better-for-you, gourmet-flavored champion cuts to enjoy whenever you need a fix:
New Primal Turkey Jerky
Here’s one you’ll want to gobble up. New Primal Turkey Jerky is made from hormone- and antibiotic-free turkey breasts marinated in apple cider vinegar, sweetened with a touch of pineapple juice and honey, and infused with tantalizing hints of onion, white pepper, and ginger.
Krave Black Cherry BBQ Pork Jerky
Barbecue tastes good on dried meats, too. Krave infuses lean, tender slices of pork with a Sonoma-style, black cherry barbecue sauce. It’s both sweet and peppery and will take your taste buds on a wild adventure.
Epic Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon Bits
Epic’s bacon bits may be small, but they’re packed with massive flavor. Nosh on them straight out of the bag for a protein-rich, low-fat snack, or liberally sprinkle them onto salads and veggie side dishes for an instant flavor makeover.
Tanka Bar Buffalo Meat and Cranberry Bites
If you’re a fan of both sweet and savory, try the low-smoked, high-flavor of Tanka Bites. These jerky nuggets are made by combining hormone-free, prairie-raised buffalo meat and naturally sweet, slightly tart cranberries. Simple yet scrumptious, they always hit the spot no matter what you’re craving.
Epic Bison Bacon Chia Bites
Need something to grab when the midday sugar cravings hit? Stock Epic’s Bison Bacon Chia Bites in your car or at your work desk. These sweet, savory bites are made from 100% grass-fed buffalo meat and burst with sweet notes of golden raisins, savory bacon, and organic chia seeds for a slightly nutty texture.
Krave Sweet Chipotle Beef Jerky
Turn things up with this hot variety of jerky. Krave’s sweet chipotle option offers tender slices of beef that are double-marinated and baked in a tangy sauce made from authentic Mexican chipotle and a touch of honey. Every slice is the perfect balance of sweet and smoky flavor that will satisfy even the most discerning jerky lovers.
On the hunt for even more jerky varieties? Shop Thrive Market’s entire selection of all-natural, protein-packed dried meats here!
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