biltong a really healthy snack
Imagine yourself in the heat of Southern Africa in the year 1655. You have landed in Cape Town and are making your way with others into the hinterland. You need to eat and game is plentiful, so you kill yourself an antelope. You and your fellow travelers eat your fill, but there is meat over. The world has not yet reached the age of refrigeration, so how do you preserve your leftovers? Hanging the carcass resulted in the preservation of the inner meat full of flavour, while the outer layers got dry and hard in the sun . The result was the start of a new taste sensation. Of course it did not stop there. When domestic animals (cattle) were kept by the farmers, the farmer’s wives got this meat and tried and tested rubbing different herbs and spices into the meat to make it more flavoursome. Through the ages, the method of making Biltong has remained basically unchanged.
Benefits of Biltong:
Almost 300g of fresh meat results in just 100g of dried Biltong, so the protein content is remarkably high and we all know that if you are building a healthy body, you need protein. Good too for active people who are on the go, hiking, running, doing gym or whatever.
Biltong is high in Protein but low in Carbohydrates. The culprit for weight gain has been uncovered – not just sugar but carbs ! Although it provides your body with loads of energy, lean Biltong is very low in carbs and calories.
Another benefit is that is that Biltong is NATURAL. Salt is used to preserve the meet and coriander and other natural herbs are added to provide more flavour. There is also a small trace of sugar, but only a very small trace. The sugar has a tenderising effect on the meat.
Can Children Eat Biltong ?
Yes, yes, yes. South African babies have cut their teeth on Biltong for centuries. They enjoy the firm meat to bite on and the flavour (original) appeals to most children. This is a great trick for all Moms. A Biltong Chew stick can be refrigerated overnight to cool the sore gums each day. It is also a much better choice for the school lunch box than many crisps and other high carb snacks.
When do you eat Biltong?
Ever carried a cheese and tomato sandwich in your backpack when you went hiking? Biltong will not turn into a soggy mess after a couple of hours, in fact it is the ideal, easy to carry snack. Offering you a well-needed and satisfying, and not to mention absolutely delicious, nibble on the way or lunch when you stop, Biltong does not need to be kept cool and is light and so super easy to fill your pocket with.
Think about how you can incorporate this amazing meat product into your diet as a quick pick-me-up after exercise/gym, as you cycle, for a non-messy midday munch at your desk, as an addition to your weight loss diet (up to 100g per day is approved on most diets and it does fill you up better than most snacks) or you can eat as the South Africans do, at social gatherings, watching sport or when travelling in the car.
It is cheaper to buy your biltong in bulk but don’t be put off, this is so easy. You simply take it out of the delivery packet and repack it in small packets or containers in 100g portions, then freeze it. Each evening you can get out the next day’s portion and it will be all ready for you in the morning.
So to sum it all up, if you are looking for a delicious, healthy, easy to store and carry, non-messy snack that is better for your body but tastes divine – look no further and start enjoying it from tomorrow!