Jerky (beef, turkey, vegan options)

Jerky, including beef, turkey, and vegan options, is a popular snack among cyclists due to its high protein content, portability, and long shelf life. It can provide a convenient source of energy and support muscle recovery during and after rides.

Jerky is a type of snack made from lean meat (or vegan alternatives) that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and dried to prevent spoilage. The drying process often involves marinating the meat in a mixture of salt, spices, and sometimes sweeteners.


List of jerky variants:
  • Beef jerky
  • Turkey jerky
  • Chicken jerky
  • Pork jerky
  • Salmon jerky
  • Bison jerky
  • Venison jerky
  • Soy protein jerky (vegan)
  • Seitan jerky (vegan)
  • Mushroom jerky (vegan)
  • Jackfruit jerky (vegan)
  • Coconut jerky (vegan)
Benefits for the cyclist:
  • High-quality protein source for muscle recovery and repair
  • Low in fat and carbohydrates, making it a good option for those watching their calorie intake
  • Convenient and portable snack that doesn't require refrigeration
  • Long shelf life, making it easy to store and pack for rides
  • Can help curb hunger and provide a sense of satiety
  • Some vegan options offer plant-based protein and fiber
Energy value:

The calorie content of jerky varies depending on the type and serving size. On average, a 1-ounce (28g) serving of jerky contains 70-100 kcal, with 7-15g of protein, 1-3g of carbohydrates, and 1-3g of fat.

When to eat:
  • Before the ride: Consuming jerky 30-60 minutes before a ride can provide a quick protein boost without weighing you down.
  • During the ride: Jerky can be eaten during longer rides as a convenient source of protein and energy, especially when paired with a carbohydrate source.
  • After the ride: Eating jerky within 30-60 minutes after a ride can aid in muscle recovery and repair.
  • As a snack: Jerky can be a satisfying and protein-rich snack option between meals.
Other tips:
  • Choose jerky with minimal added sugars and artificial ingredients.
  • Look for jerky made from lean cuts of meat to minimize fat content.
  • Be mindful of sodium content, as some jerky products can be high in salt.
  • If you follow a vegan or plant-based diet, look for jerky alternatives made from soy, seitan, or other plant proteins.
  • Store jerky in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to maintain freshness.

Jerky can be a nutritious and convenient snack for cyclists, providing a good source of protein for muscle recovery and energy. By choosing appropriate types of jerky, timing its intake properly, and being mindful of the sodium and sugar content, cyclists can benefit from this portable and shelf-stable snack. As with any food, it's important to consider individual dietary needs, preferences, and potential allergies when including jerky in a fueling plan.