Paleo may not be stealing the limelight as it once was but protein is still the cool kid in the nutritional playground. More and more research into this vital macronutrient confirms its effectiveness at not only repairing muscles but maintaining healthy function of your organs, bones and skin. Keen to capitalise on the trend are brands touting protein-rich products, the foremost among which are protein bars and beef jerky or biltong. We asked Sarah Danaher - MSc, dietician and lecturer at St Mary's University - to cast her expert eye over these meaty snacks.
BRITISH BEEF JERKY
NAKED APE BARS
These Naked Ape bars are a high-protein paleo snack, made from biltong, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. With 52.7g of protein per 100g, and wheat and gluten free, they’re ideal as a pre- and post-run snack. It contains a good blend of protein from the beef and nuts, and quickly absorbed carbohydrates from the dried fruit, as well as healthy fats and antioxidants.
Jerky (dried beef) is often eaten as a snack by endurance athletes because of its high protein content. Each 50g
pack provides 36g protein. This biltong is dry and chewy, so great if you’re not in a hurry to eat and want to give your jaws a workout! These are mostly protein, so for pre-run fuelling or a post-run recovery snack, be sure to add some carbohydrate, such as a banana.
Both of these bars pack a protein punch. Biltong can be tough to eat, however, the dried fruits in the Naked Ape Bar added moistness. The flavour combination of biltong, dried fruits and nuts worked surprisingly well, too.