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British Sandwich Week- what snacks do you eat with your sarnie?

You may be a clean eating sushi and salad type of person, but did you know that a whopping 350,000,000 pre-packed sandwiches are sold in UK retailers annually? It’s safe to say that sandwiches are the convenient and favourite go-to snack for us all. But when popping down …
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Our Guide to Protein

If you follow us, you will know that our jerky and biltong contain high amounts of protein. But do you understand why it’s important to consume enough protein in your daily diet? If you’re not a body builder or fitness fanatic, you might not actually know why protein …
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Team Noble- why did they raise money for The Fire Fighters’ Charity?

It’s  International Firefighters’ Day, so we caught up with Kris and Blair from Team Noble. Kris and Blair rowed in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity. Why did you decide to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity?  (Kris) Being a Fire …
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Are Jerky and Biltong Paleo?

The Paleo Diet is taking the internet and weight loss industry by storm, but what is it and is it okay to continue eating jerky and biltong whilst going Paleo? The Paleo Diet is based on the principle of the early human diet, which is thought to consist …
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COMMON MYTHS ABOUT JERKY & BILTONG

Common Myths about jerky & biltong

There are still more questions than answers when you mention jerky and biltong to family and friends.  With questions like…. What is it? Is it good for you? How do you eat jerky and biltong? What does it taste of? So, we’d like to share the answers and …
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENE BETWEEN JERKY AND BILTIONG_

What is the difference between jerky and biltong?

Have you wondered what the difference between jerky and biltong is?  Why would you have one and not the other? Let us explain and then you can decide which one you would prefer.  What is jerky?  Wild West jerky is made from beef silverside, British chicken breast or …
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The Commonwealth Games are here, already!

It seems like yesterday we were watching the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and it was one of the most successful games for the home nations too.  But this year we turn our focus to the Gold Coast, Australia for what will no doubt be another action …
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Trekking Transylvania in aid of Coppafeel!

Josie MacEwan our fabulous Business Development Manager has signed up along with her equally fabulous daughter, Tazmin, for the Fabulous Challenge to Transylvania to raise funds for CoppaFeel! along with team captains Lisa Snowdon and Tom Fletcher. Donate today! https://transylvaniacoppafeel.everydayhero.com/uk/team-josie-taz  Between the 22nd and 27th July, Josie and …
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Snacks under 100 calories

Snacks that are under 100 calories

There’s a lot in the media at the moment about how many calories we should be consuming per day and Public Health England have suggested new guidelines about how many calories we should be eating per meal.  This is on top of the new guidelines that advises parents …
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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day reminds us of the duty we have has a society to press for progress of gender parity. The press-for-progress movement looks to unite people in this mindset by encouraging and motivating individuals to be gender inclusive. In light of this call-to-action, which is highlighted by …
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Why is biltong not just for men?

Biltong with its nature of being a meat snack has tended to be viewed as a snack that is mostly eaten by men and especially those that play rugby.  But why should it be a snack exclusively for men, when it is high in protein and low in …
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Biltong? What is it?

We get asked all the time, what is biltong? What is it made of? How healthy is it? So we’ve created a handy infographic to explain all.   Find out more about Cruga biltong and why you should snack on it here… 5 things you always wanted to …
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Sugar Free February

Sugar Free February

It’s all over the media, it’s got its own hashtag #SugarFreeFeb, but how easy is it for you to find snacks that are tasty and actually sugar free?  Well it’s not, most snacks on the shelves also contain sugar, whether that be cane sugar, honey, maple syrup or …
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The six nations are here!

The Six Nations Rugby Championship starts this weekend and it looks like the home nations have everything to play for.  With 4 weekends of top international rugby ahead it’ll be a great few weeks between now and the final day on Saturday 17th March. Now the Six Nations …
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What to expect at BodyPower Expo 2018

It’s now just under 4 months until we head to the NEC, Birmingham for BodyPower Expo 2018.  The Expo is on from the 11th-13th May and we’re delighted to be part of their 10 year anniversary celebrations.  It’s Vegas themed and they have the bar raised for creating …
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Blue Monday – What can you do to keep happy?

Keep snacking and snack together! It’s become the day of the year where we all apparently feel at our lowest, Blue Monday.  We peaked over the festive period and now that we’re all settled back to our day to day routines we can feel a bit flat.  Never …
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New years Resolutions

What do you hope to achieve in 2018 and have you set any new years resolutions?

Happy New Year! With the bells behind us what New Year’s Resolutions are you planning for 2018? Will it be one big resolution like to run an ultra-marathon by the end of the year or something smaller, always put my dirty cups in the dishwasher rather than leave …
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Our round up of 2017 and your favourite blogs

We wanted to share with our tops blogs of 2017.  These are the most visited, shared and liked over the year So, what is biltong and why is it considered a delicacy? In this post we explain all. BodyPower 2017 was an epic event with over 110,00 people …
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  Wishing all our customers, staff and suppliers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We hope that you have a wonderful festive period. We will be closed from Friday 22nd and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

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What calories are in your mince pies and Christmas pud?

Find out how this compares to your favourite pack of biltong. You can also read our blog that compares biltong to other popular snacks here.

How does biltong compare to other snacks?

How does a pack of Cruga Biltong compare to other snacks?

How many calories are in a pack, Is it high in protein? We’ve done all the work for you.  Check out the comparison table. to stock up on your biltong visit this page today!

Cruga Halloween

Witches Wart and Snail Slime Pie or as we like to say Biltong Cheese Scones

With Halloween upon us and ghost and goals out and about, why not cook up something different to give those trick or treaters something to be spooked about. Witches Wart and Snail Slime Pie It’ll be taster than the usual pack of sweeties that we tend to hand …
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Cruga Biltong has new packaging on its way

Cruga Biltong is receiving a new look this month and we want to share with you the journey we’ve been on to create a more appealing pack. When Cruga was created, it was all about the biltong and nothing has changed, it is still all about the biltong, …
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How you can include biltong as part of a healthy, balance diet.

How you can include biltong as part of a healthy, balance diet.

There’s any amount of methods to losing weight and you can spend a lot of good money on bad advice. The best way to lose weight is to not eat quite as much and to take a little healthy exercise. Forget extremes – a sandwich a day and …
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Great Taste Award 2017

Cruga Original Biltong wins Great Taste 2017 Award

The results are in and we’ve won a 1 star Great Taste Award for our Cruga Original Biltong. The biltong was awarded a 1-star Great Taste award, which means the judges dubbed it simply delicious and they said ‘A nicely even cut which has a very good chew …
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Do you want to start pacing during races? Paul Addicott shares some advice with us

Pacing has revived my passion for running, and I Pace a lot. I’ve been lucky enough to pace for a number of high profile events this year, including the London marathon, and I still have Berlin marathon, amongst others, to come. So, for me, it’s important to get …
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5 things about biltong

5 things you always wanted to know about biltong

1.What is biltong? Biltong is air-dried silverside beef that is sliced and marinated in herbs and spices before being hung in our purpose built drying room to air dry.  The beef takes between 4-8 days to dry and is checked by hand.  Once the biltong is ready it …
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10 SNACKS TO KEEP IN YOUR DESK DRAWER

10 snacks you should keep in your desk drawer

Trying to stay healthy at work and avoiding the chocolate biscuits? Why not have some of these snacks in your drawer ready for the dreaded 3pm slump? Popcorn A packet of low sodium popcorn is low in calories and contains fibre. Popcorn is also a wholegrain which is …
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Our roundup of BodyPower Expo 2017

What a great weekend, three days filled of excitement, athletes at their peak, a host of athletes from the world of body building, power lifting and more.  Plus, all the leading health, fitness and nutrition brands exhibiting. We sampled more jerky and biltong than anyone could possibly eat in …
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Why does jerky and biltong cost more than other snacks?

We get asked why our jerky and biltong sometimes costs that little bit more than other snacks.  Have you looked at the cost of beef per kilo recently? Well it’s not cheap and that’s because we have high animal welfare standards in the UK, Ireland and Europe and …
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See us at BodyPower 2017

Are you thinking of attending BodyPower Expo this year? We’ll be there with our range of jerky and biltong for you to sample, along with a host of great events for you to view and take part in from the BNBF British Qualifier, PCA Super Series Pro-Am, UKUP BodyPower Classic, PCA Qualifier and WBFF …
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All those weeks of training is about to pay off in one of the sporting calendar’s top events, the 2017 London Marathon. So, what about after the marathon? Now you need to give your body the best chance of recovering so that you are ready to do it all again or just be able to walk down the stairs tomorrow. One of the key ingredients to helping your muscles recover is protein. Protein will assist with repairing your muscles and jerky and biltong are a natural source of protein for you to consume. Being made from 100% silverside beef this is the perfect source of natural protein for you to snack on. With on average 37g of protein per 100g of jerky and a fantastic 55.2g of protein per 100g of biltong, giving you a range of options and flavours to choose from. You won’t need to eat all of this at once as the body can only digest around xx protein per siting and you should spread your protein intake throughout the day to gain maximum benefit. Ideally you should go for around 20g of protein per serving but what does this look like? Insert infographic. So, what to go for jerky or biltong? You can decide for yourself, see how we make our jerky and biltong? Jerky video/biltong infographic Also, it is down to your personal preference about what texture and flavour you want in a snack. We explain more in our What is jerky and biltong blog to help you decide. http://www.meatsnacksgroup.com/what-is-jerky-and-biltong/ Lastly, Good Luck to all those taking part in this year’s London Marathon. We’ll be busy preparing your post run protein snacks. Stock up on your snacks today direct from us.

Marathon Recovery – what do you need?

All those weeks of training is about to pay off in one of the sporting calendar’s top events, the 2018 London Marathon. So, what about after the marathon? Now you need to give your body the best chance of recovering so that you are ready to do it …
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So, what does 20g of protein look like?

Check out this great blog from Runners World about how much protein you should be consuming when working out and when, and in what quantities you should be consuming it. We’ve created this infographic so you can see how our Cruga Biltong compares.

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We caught up with English Women’s Rugby Star, Rachael Burford.

It’s all go for Rachael Burford, England’s Women’s Rugby star, player in the RBS 6 Nations and one of our ambassadors. Rachael has had a fantastic year, being team captain for the English Women’s rugby team and running her own rugby academy. We were lucky enough to have a …
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Why should you have biltong and jerky in your diet?

What is so special about beef biltong and beef jerky? It is more than just about taste. Cured, dried meat has been around for centuries due largely to a lack of refrigeration but also due to it’s nutritional value. Red meat is an essential part of the human …
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It’s a busy year ahead for Arnout Kok!

Following on from a promising first season in the Casmo V8 Late Model Series, Arnout is returning to Tamworth based Race Car Direct team to compete in the UK Oval Legends Series. Arnout will be backing Wild West Jerky and Cruga Biltong. Having notched up a win as …
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Biltong for a healthier eating plan

Are you still keeping your New years Resolutions? Did your Year start with a list of promised resolutions?  Many of us have ‘Follow a healthy diet and excercise for so many hours each week’ to our list to trim down after the Festivities and winter comfort eating. We recognise …
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Biltong for a non-chocoholic Valentine’s Surprise

Be different this Valentine’s Day and surprise your loved one with a gift bag filled with biltong. For those who prefer a more savoury treat and are not great lovers of chocolate, this is an ideal gift of love. Cruga makes the tastiest biltong using a traditional South …
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Will you snack like a rugby player?

What a great first weekend to the Six Nations Rugby Challenge.  With wins for all the home nations there’s still plenty to play for. With the Six Nations upon us we may be more inclined to go out and give rugby a try for ourselves too.  If you …
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Countdown to BodyPower

With just over 3 months to go, BodyPower Expo will be here before we know it.  The Expo is on from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May at the NEC, Birmingham, the team at the Meatsnacks Group are already gearing up with what great tasting jerky and biltong …
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Dry January continued

We’re now nearing the end of January but have we managed to stick to being dry?  Lets face it, even if we have caved in and had the odd glass or two of wine or a pint we’re still feeling better for it.  And we’ve probably lost a …
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Wild West Jerky & Cruga Biltong featured in Men’s Fitness

2017 is now upon us and Men’s Fitness magazine has featured both Wild West Jerky and Cruga Biltong to help you get healthy this January. Pick up this months copy to read more!

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Dry January is here!

After all the excesses of the festive season it’s time to start 2017 off on a healthier note and we are here to help!  You can enjoy guilt free snacking all the way through January just by stocking up on some jerky or biltong. We know that many …
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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Our offices will be closed from 4pm Friday 23rd December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. We’d like to wish all our staff, customers, suppliers and partners a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Here’s to more tasty meat snacks in 2017!

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BodyPower Expo 2017 – We’re attending!

With 2016 drawing to a close, we are gearing up for attending BodyPower Expo 2017 from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May. We’ll be taking along all your favourite jerky and biltong, plus we’ll have some new flavours to sample. Plus, we’ve got more space for 2017 and …
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Cruga Biltong and Bean Salad

This recipe is so easy, even the most inexperienced of cooks can rustle it up in no time. If you are looking for a quick lunch that is healthy and packs in the protein, then this salad is for you. You will need the following ingredients: Ingredients • …
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How is protein good for you?

We all know that we should be eating a healthy balanced diet, so why should protein be part of our daily diets. Protein is essential for building and repairing your body such as muscle re-growth, skin, hair and bones and this makes biltong a perfect snack.  As your body …
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Why does biltong have such high levels of protein?

Not only is our biltong tasty and healthy as a snack but it is also a great source of natural protein. Our beef is air-dried which removes all excess water and makes it possible to have such a high protein to weight ratio of around 55% protein. The …
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Lee Maxwell trains for Ironman Mallorca and eats Cruga Biltong along the way

Are you an athlete looking for a high protein snack that’s also low in fat? Look no further; Cruga Biltong is packed full of protein, which helps aid muscle growth and recovery after workouts. Lee Maxwell, Triathlete and ambassador for Cruga, knows too well the importance of diet …
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How does your usual snack compare to biltong?

We’ve prepared a handy comparison chart so that you can quickly compare what is in our biltong compared to other popular snacks such as potato crisps, popcorn and protein nut bars. Our biltong is certainly higher in protein and lower in sugar, fat and calories.  Making for guilt free …
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Snacking on Biltong, it’s a Healthy Option

Biltong, an air cured dried meat traditional to South Africa is made by adding other ingredients like coriander, vinegar, garlic, onion, salt and pepper, offers a healthy and convenient snack. Biltong is high in protein, low in fat and carbohydrates. There is no preparation time required in preparing …
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Meatsnacks Group Fuels 3rd Place Finish

Heather Geluk sent us an update of her latest fundraising activity for Carneys Community. “I wanted to share some pictures and a short update from the Dragon Boat Race which I participated in with my boxing club (Power of Boxing) to raise money for a charity called Carneys Community. 18 …
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Beef biltong – a healthy protein source

When we think of protein, we often think of fish, beans, meat, lentils and yoghurt are at the top of the list. This is true, but have you ever stopped to consider a different type of protein source that is high in protein, rich in goodness, low in …
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BodyPower 2016 round up

BodyPower Expo 2016 was all it was made out to be.  We had some great feedback from all visitors on our Men’s Health Fuel Beef Jerky and the UK’s No.1 jerky Wild West and No.1 biltong Cruga. Our samples of the newly launch Hogbites Mini Salami Sticks also …
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See us at BodyPower Expo, 13-15 May, NEC Birmingham

Our preparations are well underway for this years BodyPower Expo from the 13-15 May at the NEC in Birmingham.  You’ll find us in Hall 17 on stand W182. We’ll be sampling Men’s Health Fuel Beef Jerky, Cruga Biltong and Wild West Jerky throughout the show. Do let us know …
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Want an alternative egg this Easter?

With biltong billed as one of the top health food trends of 2016, Cruga Biltong has created the ultimate healthy Easter egg alternative, perfect for those looking for something savory and delicious on Easter Sunday! The Cruga Biltong Scotch Egg offers an alternative to the classic chocolate Easter egg that’s …
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Making biltong or buying biltong?

For some people, making biltong is an easy and enjoyable task. It may initially seem quite straightforward and as effortless as preparing a Christmas dinner for the family. But, it is in fact far from that. The preparation work involved is time consuming and hard work. For the majority of …
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What is Biltong and why is it considered a delicacy?

Biltong is beef silverside that is air-dried and marinated to a traditional South African recipe of rock salt, pepper, coarsely ground coriander and vinegar. The meat is then air-dried in our unique drying room and then hand picked before being sliced ready to enjoy. Biltong is made using prime cuts of beef …
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Bil & Tonic – How to make yours

With biltong set to be a health trend of 2016 and savoury cocktails continuing to top menus across the capital, we have partnered with Seven at Brixton to reinvent the classic Gin & Tonic for those who have decided to take on ‘Dry January’. The tasty new ’Bil & Tonic’ offers …
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Biltong the perfect snack to satisfy your snack cravings

The nutrition experts continually remind us not to go food shopping while hungry. This is all well and good, but for many people the best time to stock-up on grocery essentials is enroute home from work. This is often a time when we are at our hungriest (and …
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Biltong Is An Ideal Survival Food

Our Biltong is made from 100% prime silverside of beef.  The beef is cured and dried. During the drying process the weight of the meat decreases by almost two thirds. Therefore, a 25 gram packet of biltong would have the equivalent nutritional value as an 80 gram lean …
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Joe Frazer’s 2015 update

Joe Frazer has been working hard throughout 2015 to work on his gymnastics.  Check out his update.

What is biltong? How's it made? And it's good for you.

Why is biltong better for you than other snacks you may already be eating?

So why is our biltong better for you than other snacks that you are eating…our biltong is made using the finest silverside of beef, which is marinated using kitchen store cupboard ingredients and then air dried and packed for your enjoyment.  With less fat, sugar and calories than …
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Heather Geluk, Adventurer

Mountaineering is the by-product of a passion for the outdoors instilled in Heather Geluk by her rural roots, combined with an inherent sense of ‘wanderlust’.  Being outside in the fresh air, and surrounded by soaring mountain faces – be they Himalayan peaks, the Rockies, the Andes or the Alps …
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Joshua Nathan, Gymnast

Joshua Nathan, Gymnast

Joshua Nathan, age 16 is supported by the Meatsnacks Group and has already had many highlights in his 10 year career including a recent training camp in the USA and competing shortly in the Czech Rep including China. He has already held the following titles U14 British Champion …
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What does a power lifter eat? We asked Bronwyn.

We asked Bronwyn what she eats and drinks to achieve her goals. Bronwyn’s diet is balanced and includes lots of meat (chicken, steak, biltong), fish and eggs, vegetables, brown rice, milk, nuts, peanut butter; oatcakes and lots of water. She told us protein helps to repair damaged muscle …
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What does a body builder eat? We asked Cosmo.

What does a bodybuilder need to stay in shape? We asked Cosmo Taylor what it takes to stay in shape and compete in the body building world. Cosmo told us that a really simple but balanced diet was all it took in terms of nutrition. Typical meal plan …
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Bronwyn Taylor, Power lifter

Bronwyn Taylor, age 19, started training when she was 14 and entered her first competition aged 16.??Bronwyn has always been interested in sports and has taken part in martial arts, ballet and athletics. Bronwyn works in the family removals business. She trains 5-6 days per week for around …
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Cosmo Taylor, Body Builder and Power Lifter

Cosmo, age 15 has been training since he was 10 years old and was doing martial arts before he got into weight training.??He first competed in power lifting when he was 14 and since then has been a regular at competitions throughout the country. Cosmo trains 7 times …
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Lee Maxwell, Tri-athlete

Lee Maxwell is a triathlete and regular competitor on the Ironman circuit. In the off season he then turns towards running marathons. Lee has competed in the London Marathon as well as countless other UK and international marathons, London Triathlon finishing top ten in his age group, coming …
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Joe Fraser, Gymnast & European Youth Champion

How long have you been doing gymnastics and what is your specialism? I have been doing gymnastics for 11 years now and I am a all around gymnast. This means that I do all of the men’s Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus this includes the floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel …
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Sarah Holt, Athlete – Hammer

Sarah Holt is a member of Team GB and specialises in the hammer. She is permanently based in Loughborough and works as a sports business coordinator for Loughborough Sport whilst training six days a week towards the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. Sarah competed for England …
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Bronwyn & Cosmo Taylor Cruga ambassadors

This brother and sister duo are an inspiration.? Cosmo at only 15 years old is the UK’s youngest body builder and his sister Bronwyn is one of the UK’s top powerlifters. From Inverness, they train regularly with their coach and father Andrew and eat an enormous amount of …
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How Jerky and Biltong fits into your fitness regime

Both jerky and biltong are high in protein and low in fat, and with the convenience of being in small packs that don’t even have to be refrigerated, they provide the ideal snack for anyone as part of their fitness regime. So to put rather more science behind …
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Why Jerky and Biltong are becoming such popular snacks

There can’t be too many of us that don’t like a snack at some point during the day. But the problem has long been that so many snacks – crisps and chocolate being prime examples – are typically high in fat, and whilst they might taste good they …
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