Aside from vegans, vegetarians, sloths and couch potatoes, most people can agree that energy and meat are two of their favorite things. Who doesn’t want the boost to hit a couple extra runs on the mountain, or an additional mile on the pavement? Who doesn’t enjoy a juicy, tender filet seasoned to perfection? Well when some of the world’s brightest minds get together, great things are possible. In this case: Performance Enhancing Meat Snacks.
What else could you possibly want in a pre-workout snack, or before setting sail on an arduous task? High in protein? Check. Lack of preservatives? Check. Low in fat to maintain your slender physique? Check. Low carb and low calories for your diet de jour? Check. Great, addicting taste? Check.
Perky Jerky, based in Denver, Colorado has taken this seemingly bizarre idea and made it a reality. Legend has it, an energy drink was spilled into a bag of jerky and left to stew overnight. Without thinking, founder and self-proclaimed jerk Brian Levin ate the jerky the next day before a long day on the slopes. To his surprise, the flavor had remained the same, the meat was more tender, and he had a surprising extra jolt after a hard night out with some friends.
Who knows if the story is true, but the final result is no joke. After years of testing recipes to find the perfect blend, Perky Jerky was born. How does it get it’s energy kick? A jungle berry called Guarana is infused in the meat to perk you up while filling your empty stomach. It may sound crazy if you’ve never tried it, but why not give it a shot? It can’t be that ridiculous, or else the United States Military wouldn’t be replicating the concept themselves.
Soldiers need to be alert and energized for anything that may face them during the day. Coffee would be great, but where are you going to get that in the heat of battle? Caffeinated Jerky is portable, light weight, and able to stay fresh and nutritious for over a year. In the past, Army field rations known as Meals Ready to Eat or MRE’s, have been called ‘Meals Refused by the Enemy’ and ‘Meals Refusing to Exit’. With these advancements in meat technology, though, the book is being rewritten.
What other uses could you see for performance jerky? Perhaps up in space or out on the ocean? Are you going to give caffeinated beef jerky a shot, or is the idea just too weird for you? Can you think of any other crazy hybrid food combinations that have yet to be unleashed on the world but are long overdue?
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