Hungry Girl Goes… In Search of Jerky

I love jerky for being high in protein (I'm a total protein fiend) and low in fat, but some kinds are better than others. Here are my top picks...
Hungry Girl

Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky

OK, yum! These things are not just delicious; they're also meat-free and available in unique flavors. Some are made of soy, some are seitan (a wheat-based protein), and there's even a shiitake mushroom jerky! Flavorful lean protein, party of one? Your snack is ready.

Each 1-oz. package has 74 - 108 calories, 1 - 4g fat, 0 - 6g fiber, and a PointsPlus™ value of 2.

Oberto Teriyaki Turkey Jerky

Something about this jerky makes me say, "Oh boy!" (Maybe it's because it's printed on the label.) But the flavor of this turkey-tastic jerky and its low calorie count and fat amount are enough to make anyone cheer. Grab a bag and just chew it!

Each 1-oz. serving has 80 calories, 1g fat, 0g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 2.

Tasty Eats Soy Jerky

Heads up: Not the Chick’n flavors. Those are definitely not as good. The other varieties, however, are tasty and worth chewing. This meatless stuff comes in Original, Peppered, Hot N' Spicy (the best of all and not really hot or spicy), Ginger, and Teriyaki. Take your pick, and you can try the Chick'n flavors if you like… but don't say I didn't warn you.

Each 0.5-oz. serving has 40 - 45 calories, 1g fat, 1g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 1.

Jack Link's Premium Cuts Chicken Nuggets

If you want jerky that tastes like chicken, go straight up and get stuff made of chicken. These lovely chicken hunks are delectably seasoned — Sesame Teriyaki or Flamin' Buffalo Style — and are much more moist than a lot of other jerkies. Those Jack Link's people know their way around dried meats...

Each 1-oz. serving (about 4 - 5 hunks) has 60 - 80 calories, 1 - 3g fat, 0g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 1 - 2.

Tillamook Country Smoker Original Smoked Turkey Nuggets

I love Tillamook's other jerkies (including all of their beef steak nuggets varieties) and these newer ones are great, too. If you're in need of a new kind of jerky fix, give these a try.

Each 1-oz. serving has 70 calories, 2g fat, 0g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 2.

Healthy Snackin's Simply Snackin Dried Gourmet Meat Snacks

These may very well be the best jerky-ish treats I have ever tasted. (I say "-ish" because these take jerky to a whole new level!) They're all-natural chicken breast and beef sirloin with dried fruit, cheese, and more. The flavor varieties alone — Dried Teriyaki Chicken with Mangoes & Papayas and Dried Beef Sirloin with Apples & Cherries, to name a couple — are enough to get you excited. They also have way less sodium than most other jerkies. Amazing. Other great flavors include Italian-seasoned chicken with cheese, teriyaki beef with pineapple, beef with cranberries and blueberries, and chicken seasoned with black bean salsa and Wisconsin cheddar. Find them at healthysnackin.com.

Each individually packaged 1-oz. strip has just 50 calories, 1 - 2g fat, 0g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 1.

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