Beef jerky has become a popular post workout snack for bodybuilders and everyone else on the hunt for a quick and easy source of protein. It's no surprise to us, but if you’ve never stopped to think about it you might not have realized that beef jerky is a great source of protein that can be used to give your body the fuel it needs before or after a workout.
As an added bonus, beef jerky tastes awesome. We offer tons of awesome and unique flavors you won't find anywhere else, from nitro methane ass-kicker to cherry maple. These tasty options make The Big Jerk beef jerky a fantastic snack for anyone looking to incorporate more protein into their diets, including bodybuilders, athletes and amateur weight lifters. Anyone looking to add muscle and bulk up should consider beef jerky as a viable snack option, especially post-workout.
Beef Jerky As a Bodybuilding Snack?
Everybody knows that bodybuilders put a premium on protein, which are the essential amino acids the body uses to build muscle. Of course, protein occurs naturally in our diets in foods such as meats, nuts and dairy, but typically not to the extent that the workout of the bodybuilder demands. It's not uncommon for bodybuilders to consume some pretty strange tasting foods in the name of upping their protein intake. And while It seems they can make protein powder out of just about anything these days, they still haven't really found a way to make it very palatable.
When you consider that the even the average 20g piece of beef jerky on the market has 7g of protein, you realize that beef jerky is over 33% protein by mass. With a relatively low fat and caloric content, this tasty treat is chock full of protein. Beef jerky packs a potent punch of protein but goes easy on the tastebuds while doing so, a feat that few snacks are capable of achieving. That makes it very easy to incorporate in your routine and more likely that it will stick and become habit. Think of it as a tasty reward for your hard work in the gym that will actually provide your body with valuable nutrients.
Beef jerky also contains essential minerals like Iron and Zinc which are known to offer many health benefits on their own, some specific to working out and muscle development. For example, some studies have shown that zinc directly affects athletic performance and has a role in hormone production, including testosterone. Iron plays a critical role in the bloodstream, supplying oxygen to our blood cells. Some studies have shown that Iron consumption can help prevent fatigue, which if true would also help get the most out of your workout.
Beef jerky is relatively low in calories compared to many other snack options. We challenge you to find another snack that offers this much protein, tastes this good, and isn’t calorically dense.
Another reason to reach for beef jerky after your next workout is the sheer convenience factor. Our Big Jerk jerky comes vacuum sealed and is super portable. Throw a couple extra sticks in your gym bag, keep some in your locker, in your glove box - the portability, durability and long shelf life of beef jerky make it that much more practical of a workout snack. You can literally keep some on hand and take it with you almost anywhere you go. The only problem you will likely encounter is not having enough to share with everyone else - but you've been warned! Just make sure to send them to Big Jerk!