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So I haven’t done a straight up review post in quite awhile. The whole culture around them is just, well, off.

I started doing "food finds" well before any brand would even consider sending a blogger products. Blogging wasn’t as complicated then. If I found a product I liked, I’d share it. That’s me. That’s how I roll. It’s probably why I am a blogger in the first place –I have a big mouth. :)

Now big companies with BIG budgets expect you to promote things for free and it’s muddied the waters a bit. Sometimes they offer to pay which muddies it even further.

Do I accept products? Do I write a review? Should I get paid? What if I don’t like it? What if I don’t have time to write about it? What if my readers don’t like it? Is this what my job is? What IS my job?

See how my brain works. I over-analyze.

Bottom line… This is my blog and I get to decide when, how and what I write about. Most of the time I make that decision very organically (things just pop into the ol’ noggin’) but sometimes I am influenced by an email or a pitch.

A few weeks ago I was asked to try Simply Snackin, a high protein, low calorie gourmet dried meat snack.

Simply Snackin Review

Yes, if you are vegetarian feel free to stop reading now. Sorry. :)

I agreed to the request because I happen to be on the hunt for quick, grab-able, less processed snacks that aren’t high calories bars or crackers or chips. It seems most things in the convenience category are overly processed and "carby."

Plus, I’ve been on a jerky kick lately.

Anyway, when I got them in the mail I was surprised by the flavors.

  • Beef Sirloin with Cranberries and Blueberries
  • Beef Sirloin with Apples and Cherries
  • Teriyaki Beef Sirloin with Pineapples
  • Chicken Breast with Italian Seasonings and Romano Cheese
  • Chicken Breast with Black Bean Salsa
  • Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Mangoes and Papayas

FUN! I love the idea of combining meat with fruit.

Simply Snakin nutritional informationAs with most jerky-like products the ingredient lists are pretty simple. Here’s the nutritional label from the Beef Sirloin with Apples and Cherries.

It pretty much represents most of the flavors. The more savory ones have a little less sugar a bit more protein, but over all you’re looking at a high protein 60 calorie snack.

I love that they are also low fat, and low carbohydrate. That’s pretty rare for a handy, purse-friendly option you can bring on the go.

And I must say, they are satisfying. Especially the spicy black bean salsa one! Just make sure you have glass of water on hand. I made the mistake of trying that one on the run with no drink. Yikes!

Overall, I’m a HUGE fan. I just placed an order for an assorted chicken pack and an assorted beef pack because honestly, I couldn’t make up my mind. Both are really good!

I’m planning on keeping them on hand for those run out the door days. The kids haven’t tried them yet but Ryan was introduced to Slim Jims by Grandpa, so I’m hoping he’ll be game. These are a much better lunch box addition then some of the other packaged stuff he’s been into.

Oh! And I’m thinking stocking stuffers! I’m not saying I’ll ditch the chocolate all together but a few Simply Snackins may be put in the mix this year too. :)

If you are interested in ordering use the code RNPROMO when you check out on the SimplySnackin.com website. It will give you 10% off.

Full Disclosure: Simply Snackin’ sent me samples. I was not paid for this and am not currently an affiliate. I will make no income from any sales that result from this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

 
  • H-woman

    Where is it made? Do they ship to Canada?

  • Vickie

    7g of protein is a serving. So 8g is not quite ‘high protein’, but I agree that for 60 calories, that is a fair amount of protein. But it is also a sort of high amount of sodium.

    • RoniNoone

      Oh, I agree! I mean high protein as compared to what I normally snack on. But you’re right it’s not an amazing amount or anything. And I see the sodium as a necessary evil with dried meat, do you know any low sodium options?

  • Karen@WaistingTime

    I’ve been a fan of this product since my mom introduced me with a variety pack over a year ago:) They are great for travel. My favorite flavor right now is the teriyaki beef with pineapple.

    • RoniNoone

      HOW ARE YOU?!? I was just peeking in on your blog to see if you posted. You avatar gave me a smile this morning. :)

  • William Chavez

    What about Coca Tea aka Mate de Coca?

    Coca
    tea, made from the leaves of the coca plant — which is native to
    Central and South America — is one of many tea products purported to
    help you lose weight. Like many similar products, it does have some
    properties that can help you drop those unwanted pounds. However, your
    results will be more impressive if you couple using the tea with a
    dedicated program of diet and exercise.

    Coca leaves are rich in micronutrients called alkaloids which are an
    important factor in lipolysis, the process by which your body breaks
    down fat into energy. Drinking a beverage rich in alkaloids may
    accelerate this process and help you to lose weight.

    Inulin
    is a powerful stimulant, and the active ingredient in coca leaf tea.
    Like other stimulants, it can increase your metabolism so that you burn
    more calories throughout the day. It may also reduce your appetite so
    that you eat fewer calories. This combination of effects makes it more
    likely that you will achieve the negative calorie balance necessary to
    shed fat and lose weight.

    Many
    diet teas, including coca tea, contain catechins which inhibit your
    body’s ability to digest and process fat. The bulk of research
    supporting this claim has focused on how catechins can improve your
    cholesterol count, but the same inhibition may mean you take in fewer
    calories from foods rich in fat.

    Personal
    trainers recommend drinking a zero-calorie beverage before each meal
    and as your primary response to snack cravings. This practice can help
    you control portions by filling your belly with a substance that has no
    fat. Drinking coca tea can accomplish this, so long as you don’t add
    sweeteners.

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  • http://twitter.com/LoriShemek Lori Shemek PhD, CNC

    I love this product! It has lean protein, healthy carbs to help with balancing blood sugar. Great product for snacking..and I highly endorse it.

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