Sunday, April 11, 2021

Fat-blaster beef jerky recipes for weight loss: protein punch plus calorie crunch!

I didn't know I liked beef jerky till the youngest was pestering for some on a road trip. So I stopped and bought a scandalously expensive bag at a gas station. Cause when Emma pesters, people listen or poke pencils in their ears to make her whining stop. Don't judge. You all know, or have birthed, someone like this. 

Anyhoo, I, who have been working at weight loss for a few years, was pleasantly surprised to find that beef jerky is super high protein, low calorie and lowfat (even the candy-sweet gas station kind). I was not delighted about the price, however. So I set about to make my own, cheaper and better. Here's the recipe that ensued. Many people have told me it's the best jerky they've ever had, even my husband who hates jerky. 

For weight loss beef jerky, start with the leanest beef steak sliced you can find--usually sirloin. I got thin-sliced bistec with 120 calories for a 4 ounce serving. That's better than salmon! If you can't find thin-sliced no worries. Just trim all the fat and slice in 1/8 in strips. It doesn't have to be perfect, just keep it thin. And cut against the grain. I hate tough beef jerky. And cutting with the grain is what toughens it up. Going against the grain gives you shorter pieces. 

Here's the marinade recipe for one pound of meat slices. Adjust as needed. 1/4 cup Bragg's Liquid Amino, 1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice, 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon celery seed, 1 teaspoon freshly cracked 4-color pepper blend (or regular black pepper), 1 teaspoon dried minced onion, 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke,  1/2 teaspoon paprika and garlic powder. Of, if you can find it, use smoky chipotle paprika instead of paprika and liquid smoke. 

Place in disposable zippered bag (don't use a reusable container cause you'll never get the taste out, LOL). Marinate overnight in fridge. Drain and pat dry. I place meat strips on paper towel and "wring out" liquid. Arrange in strips on food dehydrator. You can use the oven on lowest setting if you don't mind crunchy beef jerky (I do.) 

Nibbling on this weight loss friendly snack gives you a protein punch with calorie crunch!  Protein fills you up and helps blast obesity! It's how I lost 100 pounds! (You will notice some pieces missing in the picture. I sampled it to make sure it was okay for you. You're welcome! <3)

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