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 to your local store on your lunch break and reaching for the goodies in the meal deal, do you ever think about the health benefits of the snacks you’re picking up?
As it’s officially British Sandwich Week, we got investigative and asked some of our colleagues what their favourite snacks are when picking up a pre-packed sandwich for lunch. The answers didn’t surprise us at all; chocolate bars, crisps, popcorn, cake and nut bars. None of our colleagues really thought of the health benefits of their snacking (how honest of them). Convenience seemed to be the most important factor, especially during work days.
Jerky and biltong are convenient, tasty and nutritionally beneficial, so why not choose them instead of your usual packet of crisps? Let’s compare the typical snacks that we eat with pre-packed sandwiches to jerky and biltong.
Protein Peanut BarProtein bars are a good way to meet your protein needs as well as curb your sweet tooth. However, they are often quite high in calories and saturated fat. A packet of Cruga Original Biltong contains more than twice the amount of protein than this particular peanut bar, which had been marketed as being high in protein.
CrispsCrisps are a staple snack and a firm favourite with British people and their sandwiches. We all know crisps aren’t very nutritionally beneficial; they are higher in calories, carbohydrates and have very little protein. As you can see above, compared to jerky and biltong, they probably aren’t the best choice.
PopcornPopcorn is usually a better option than crisps if you’re watching your waistline. Popcorn tends to be lower in calories and fat. However, compared to jerky and biltong, it is still higher in calories, fat, sugars and it has less protein.
If you’re watching your waistline or trying to up your protein intake, jerky and biltong are great snacking options. Let us know if you have tried them and tell us what you think.
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