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Staying active during the hot summer months can make it difficult to stay healthy and hydrated. Maintaining an adequate level of nutrients such as water, sodium, vitamins and minerals can mean you get the best out of the short hot summer months rather than getting sick and missing out on all the fun. There are healthy, comfortable snacks that can actually help active people stay healthy during the summer by helping replenish nutrients that are important for helping the body stay in good health.
There is a small company in Oshkosh, WI, which produces lean meat snack bars, which are shelf-stable which makes them a convenient snack for in the car, on the golf course or while doing daily chores. The strips are either skinless chicken breasts or beef. Each strip has from 220 to 340 mg of sodium and eight to ten grams of lean protein. While each strip has 15-20 mg (5% -7% of daily value) cholesterol, there is only 1-2 grams of fat (2% -3% of daily value), 0.5 grams of saturated fat (only in sirloin strip), and no trans fat. According to the American Heart Association, small amounts of cholesterol are important because it helps produce vitamin D, some hormones and build many other important substances in the human body. The strips have a very small amount of cholesterol and almost no fat that makes each strip healthy for anyone and everyone.
Another health benefit that lean meat snacks have is the amount of protein that each strip contains. Protein is important for people who are physically active because they need anywhere from 60-75 grams of protein to repair the muscle damage that occurs during physical activity. From Nancy Clark's article The Power of Protein Protein, protein is needed to make red blood cells, produce hormones, boost your immune system and help keep hair, nails and skin healthy. Each strip has eight to ten grams of lean meat protein, which is ideal for not only athletes, but also for people who exercise regularly to maintain a healthy lifestyle or lose weight, and people who are just trying to eat healthy.
While most people assume that sodium is bad causes high blood pressure and other diseases, sodium for the active person is very important. Sodium is important for transmitting nerve impulses for proper muscle function along with maintaining a healthy balance of water in the body, which is important for human survival. Salt and the Ultraendurance Athlete by Mark Jerkins explains that sodium is especially important for a person who is active as it loses a lot of water and sodium while a person is sweating and the balance can be disturbed and cause nausea, cramps or other weaknesses. This is often called hyponatremia which is a low concentration of sodium in the blood. The strips not only have a healthy dose of protein for the average person, but also have a good amount of sodium for active people to maintain a healthy level in the body.
While these snack strips are a convenient healthy snack option, they are also a good source of protein and nutrients for athletes, people trying to lose weight and for healthy people in general. The most important thing, however, is that they taste good. Each flavor of the strip is packed with spices so that each bite has a lack of flavor.