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Beef Jerky (and Non-Beef Jerky!) Has Gotten a Healthy Makeover

Jerky Has Gone Gourmet

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Jerky has officially gone gourmet with a host of slimmed-down artisanal variations using dried veggies, chicken, and other healthy ingredients. "These are a great way to get protein as you're dashing around," says Keri Gans, R.D.N., a Shape advisory board member and the author of The Small Change Diet. Look for ones with less than 400 milligrams of sodium and no more than seven grams of sugar per serving, she says. Check out some smart picks.

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Simply Snackin Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Mangoes

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Simply Snackin manages to get the sweet flavor of fresh mango and tangy teriyaki sauce into their chicken jerky for just three grams of sugar per 60-calorie serving. ($17;

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The New Primal Turkey Jerky

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Smokey and sweet, this turkey jerky—made from free-range birds—was a winner in our 2015 snack awards. ($29; (Check out the other New and Improved Low-Calorie Snacks.)

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Uncle Andy's Bandito Loco Spicy Coffee Beef Jerky

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Uncle Andy's sources ingredients that are environmentally-friendly, sustainable, and accessible—and makes them into creative jerky blends like this spicy coffee combo. ($8;

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Epic Bison Bacon Chia Jerky Bites

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These completely Paleo snacks—with no added sweetener—get an extra dose of omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds. ($7;

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Three Jerks Original Filet Mignon Beef Jerky

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Elevated ingredients like filet mignon and high quality spices make this jerky extra tender and delicious. ($12; (Take it on vacation with these other Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Road Trip.)

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Fusion Jerky Garlic Jalapeno Pork Jerky

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This savory jerky finishes with a nice kick, thanks to dehydrated jalapeno peppers. ($7;

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Krave Artisanal Chardonnay Thyme Turkey Jerky

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Fresh herbs and bright wine give this turkey jerky a unique, complex flavor. ($9;

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