My mom has always been very health conscious so when I was growing up I was inadvertantly raised to scoff at anything full of fat and salt and other grossness. This DEFINITELY included all forms of beef jerky, slim jims, the gross meat/cheese combo "sticks", what have you. I somehow went 18 years of being a carnivore without trying beef jerky once.
Even though I never had the "real deal", when I saw vegan beef jerky at my local health store, it just seemed like a great idea. Especially since each strip has only 99 calories, 3 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein and 0 trans fat. I bought one of each flavor: Thai Peanut - Delicious peanutty flavor..reminds me a lot of a thai peanut satay dish. Mesquite Lime - Definitely my least favorite flavor. Too much citrus for my taste. Teriyaki - Surprisingly distinct teriyaki flavor. Also reminds me of delicious Asian cuisine. Hot &Spicy - Not mouth-burningly insane but still has a little kick. Made out of Shiitake mushrooms! Hickory Smoked - DELICIOUS. A little sweet and smoky. My second favorite. Texas BBQ - My hands-down favorite. Great BBQ taste.
I love the overall texture of Primal Strips, its soft and chewy and tears off in a very meat-like way. They did a great job with this product.
The price is my only near-qualm with Primal Strips. The individual 1oz packages of jerky usually go for about $1.50 or more each, which adds up relatively fast when you eat them as much as I do! They also sell a 4 oz back of strips and that is usually about $4-$5 - much more economical but harder to find. I should buy them in bulk on Amazon!!
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Melissa Aquino (MelissaAq)
Born and raised in NJ, relocated to Boston, MA to study at Emerson College, transplanted to Hollywood, CA to get my career started on the fairer coast. I love hiking, eating new … more
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Voted Best New Vegetarian Snack by VegNews, our Primal Strips are also the favorite of protein hungry bikers, climbers, and outdoors people. Look beyond snacking and try cutting them up in salads, stir frys, and burritos, or even served hot on sandwiches. Kids love them in their lunch boxes and as mid-day snacks.
Primal Strips are delicious, healthy, meat alternative snacks providing the positive health benefits of Soy, Seitan and Shiitake Mushrooms, all with full meaty satisfaction.