Four to five hours on a golf course is a long time to go without some fuel for your body, but eating during a round can be impractical and distracting, often including empty calories. That's why jerky is such a good option. The best types are healthy, portable, satiating and are made without significant additives and preservatives. Our choices were recognized mostly for their taste and how the meat was sourced.
There are many jerky products out there. Many of the most popular brands contain preservatives such as sodium-nitrites, MSG, are loaded with salt and/or sugar, and filled with artificial flavors. We're not honoring those brands, nor are we recommending you eat them when you play. We're highlighting healthy jerky. Most experts agree that if it's made from the meat of grass-fed animals that weren't subject to big-farm production techniques (no hormones or antibiotics, etc.), it's a nourishing and practical source of protein that can include healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Even better for golfers, it can be stored anywhere from a couple of months (homemade types) to a year (commercially packaged). Just stuff it in the golf bag and eat it when you're ready.
Though carbohydrates are the most important fuel source you'll need to get through a long round, you'll also need a moderate amount of protein to assist in muscle repair and growth. Our choices for jerky had at least eight grams of protein per serving. Bonus points were given to jerky that was easy to chew and swallow. The last thing you want is to be choking on a snack as you walk down the fairway.
Chicken: Caveman Buffalo Style, $5.80 a package
Turkey: ShurkyJurky The Feme Bag, $6 a package