Monday 7 March 2016

BEEFit Review - Rest Out Like You Work Out

   BEEFit is a new little biltong company in the UK, aimed at delivering high-quality, organic protein snacks without the need for an abundance of extra ingredients, keeping it, above all else, clean and easy for your body to break down.

   Biltong is spiced, sliced and dried meat that originated in South Africa, and is very similar to jerky. The only real difference is that jerky is dried then sliced, while biltong (Dutch for 'rump strip') was sliced then dried. BEEFit in particular uses only the leanest cuts of meat, providing some of the highest protein while equally boasting some of the lowest sugar, salt and fat in any dried beef product, and is packed with loads of added benefits like iron, potassium and vitamin B12. There's no added sugar or nasties, just the most basic preservatives needed to produce dried meat, and it's also endorsed by a number of professional sportsmen and personal trainers, such as Chris Eubank JR, and simply loved by many others, so it's got some pretty good company.

   BEEFit is a great alternative to shakes; it delivers just over 20g of protein per 35g pouch, stands at a little over 100 kcals, and is wonderfully spiced. I love my chocolate mint shakes, but it's nice to have a savoury option in both taste, texture and, let's be honest, solidity. Plus, while whey protein is great, as it comes from milk, the highest quality of protein will always come from animal foods - meat and eggs; anything that (as grisly as this sounds) could have been alive. The second best source is animal products, like dairy, which is the same category as whey, and after that come plant-based options like soya.

   Most protein shakes are clean, but they can also be complicated. If you're looking to keep your food plain and simple then BEEFit is a great option. It's made from 100% grass-fed British beef and contains few ingredients beyond what is essential for the biltong's creation, such as salt, meaning your body can break it down more easily, and yes, taking in too much salt can be a problem, but your body does need it, a little moreso after a sweaty workout, and it isn't remotely a problem if you're not an autocondimentor and don't add salt to your food. Being solid, it also takes longer to digest than a liquid shake or smoothie which keeps you fuller longer, prevents needless snacking, and gives your body a steadier supply of protein. All of this makes it a great post-workout snack, but also a great little thing to keep in your bag on a day out. It truly hits the spot - it even got Seeg's approval, and my fella knows what he likes - and is much cleaner and healthier than a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar.
   And the packets might look insubstantial to a hungry eye, but trust me when I tell you that, even if you're hungry, you may well not be inclined to even finish the bag unless you're truly ravenous. They really are that filling. And it's true that they're tough - biltong and jerky generally are - but it's also a simple fact that eating more slowly keeps you from moving on to something else prematurely before your body gets the chance to realise it's satisfied.

   BEEFit is available directly from their website from £6 for 3 packets, and free UK shipping. The company is wonderful, really friendly and active socially, and I always think it's great when a company is so active on social media, letting the world and their customers know that they're there rather than a faceless robot company, one that will reply to questions and help with problems without incurring a 3-day wait time by email like less socially active companies do.

   I really do recommend BEEFit. I've tried biltong twice before, and a few jerkies, but BEEFit wins out from them all. You can stick to your shakes post-workout, but that's no reason to rule out anything else. Protein bars are great snacks, after all, but they're even more complicated than shakes and not to mention they aren't just protein. If you're looking to up your protein intake and reduce carbs, this is absolutely one of the best and cleanest ways of doing it. Plus it's the only time it's socially acceptable to eat just meat without anything else, like bread. Or a fork.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review by the brand itself. The quantity and precise products sent were their choice, not my own. All opinions and images are my own, and all appropriate research has been done by myself from a range of sources rather than relying entirely on the product's website, especially where health products are concerned. I do not accept a product to review if I do not believe it is safe or worth my own time, regardless of any kind of reimbursement. I trial the products for an appropriate amount of time before writing reviews to check for wear-and-tear on physical items and side effects from edible (be it supplements or food). If I have negative points to voice, I will voice them, and I never, ever accept product reviews or reimbursement on the promise of a positive review. My reviews are and will only ever be honest.


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