If you know paleo-eaters, you know we love our meat. And what’s better than meat? Portable meat for on-the-go snacking, of course. Most jerky and meat sticks out there aren’t exactly “clean”, if you know what I mean. They contain gross-sounding ingredients like sugar, soy, nitrates, artificial colors, and more. Ugh. Not to mention the beef and turkey are probably not fed the healthiest diet.
Enter Nick’s Sticks, the brain-child of Nick Wallace from Wallace Farms in Keystone, IA. After beating cancer, Nick attended culinary school in Colorado (best state ever, not that I’m biased or anything) for a year, then headed back home to his roots and got to work on the family farm. He understands that “less is more” when it comes to our food and the importance of keeping our food as close to nature as possible.
Nick’s sticks are made from free-range turkeys and grass-fed cows. They are gluten-free and contain no added nitrates. In addition to that impressive list, the ingredients are items I can pronounce and don’t need a dictionary to figure out. They are made with real food and the taste completely reflects that.
Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a connoisseur of jerky, but I’ve had my fair share in my life, and I know what tastes good, bad, and downright ugly. Let me tell you, Nick’s Sticks taste REAL, which in my book is better and good. We tried both the Free-Range Turkey Snack Sticks and the Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks, and I was surprised at how much I could actually taste the meat in them, not just the seasonings, and I loved that.
Check out that ingredient list. Good stuff, man. No red dye here!
We are having a little debate in our house over which one is our favorite. I prefer the Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks while Rob prefers the Free-Range Turkey Snack Sticks. While they’re both great, we have to pick side, you know? Meanwhile, the kids all just hang around with their mouths open making weird sounds, waiting for us to feed them. As a matter of fact, while I’m typing this review, 2 of the 3 kids are literally clawing at my arm yelling “my turn, my turn!” in an effort to get a bite. Fortunately for them, they can east as much as they want because I know that this food I’m feeding them is not filled with chemicals and garbage.
I bet you’re really wishing you were eating one (or 2 or 3) of these right now, and for a limited time, you can eat them for cheaper. Nick has offered Our Paleo Life readers a discount of 10% through November 30, 2013, just use promo code “OURPALEOLIFE” when you check out at Nick’s Sticks.
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