Thousand Hills Cattle Company Uncured Beef Sticks http://www.thousandhillscattleco.com
I picked these up today at Fresh & Natural Foods in Hudson, WI. I needed a quick snack- and these were sooo good that I had to write about them right away!
I got the “Minnesota Spice” variety (there was also “Original” available). These were $3-something, not on sale, which I thought was a great price. They are made from 100% grass-fed beef, and are uncured so they don’t contain added nitrates or nitrites. One beef stick (0.8 oz.) contains 60 calories, 4 g protein, and no carbs.
Also important: they taste awesome! If you like a good beef stick/beef jerky, you will like these a lot. And the “Minnesota Spice” wasn’t hot-spicy at all, just a pleasant mellow spice blend; the only thing I could actually discern was just a hint of garlic. The texture was soft and easy to chew and they were not over-salty. They are gluten-free and the ingredient list is short and pleasing. I ate two sticks and that satisfied me just fine. Highly recommended.
Peeled Snacks Dried Fruit http://www.peeledsnacks.com
From the company website: "Our goal at Peeled Snacks is simple: to make you feel good about snacking. By using the highest quality organic and natural ingredients, we bring you the freshest pieces of dried fruit with NO added sugar. Our snacks provide a natural source of vitamins, minerals, and a full serving of fruit. So make snacking a satisfying part of life with a yummy treat that you know is good for you."
This is not yet available at many “regular” grocery stores, especially in my area. If you eat dried fruit regularly you certainly should consider buying a case online. And if you “like” Peeled Snacks facebook page
, they periodically offer discount codes. They also have a lot of giveaways, so you may even be able to snag some for free!
As a dried fruit connoisseur, I can tell you that this one is a real winner. I have tried all of their fruit except for the dates and figs. Dried fruit is especially great for camping, hiking, biking, and car trips and is a great treat for kids. They have individual fruits as well as some fruit mixes available.
go-Mango-man-go (great, most pieces pleasantly chewy with that great mango tang)
pine-4-Pineapple (naturally sweet, true pineapple flavor)
Banan-a-peel (awesome real banana taste, great and unexpected chewy texture)
Cherry-go-round (big, plump, juicy cherries with just the right amount of natural sweetness)
Apple-2-the-core (soft and pliable, typical of a soft dried apple)
Apricot-a-lot (good, not as soft as “typical” sugared dried apricots)
raisin expectations (good, sweet, raisiny)
What’s not to like? Organic, gluten-free (but packaged in a facility that also packages wheat items), and the only ingredient is the fruit that is in it- no added sugars , fruit juices, or chemicals of any kind. Remember that dried fruit, although healthy is still somewhat high in sugar, so be mindful.