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Our Lean, Mean, Jerky Collection Makes Keeping Resolutions Easier

Our lean jerky collection is for all y’all jerks out there who are trying to start off the new year right! 

And even if jerky weren’t so darn delicious, we’d eat it by the bagful because of how healthy it is. Yep, jerky is low in fat and high in flavor and protein. And those are two very good things for our waistlines, our Mouths and our resolutions.

We’re currently crushing on KivaSun Foods’ all natural Hatch Chile Bison Jerky. Native Americans always learned to respect the land, revere the food and gather together. And Notah Begay III – half Navajo, a quarter San Felipe and a quarter Isleta – founded KivaSun in Bend, Oregon with these values in mind.

The name, KivaSun, is full of meaning: “Kiva” is a sacred meeting place for the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. “Sun” is the ultimate source of light, warmth, hope and optimism. (Some things we hope to see in 2017…) And, since 2010, KivaSun has honored bison the way Notah and his people have for centuries – not only for sustenance, but also for its spiritual symbolism as a free creature in harmony with nature. 

It definitely helps that bison is about as nutritious a meat as there is. It’s higher in protein and lower in fat than beef. And given that it’s illegal to use growth hormones and antibiotics to treat this species (one that’s grazed on native grasses for millennia) you can feel good about feeding it to your kids. In fact, children’s health is central to KivaSun’s mission – a portion of profits from each product sold helps to fund the NB3 Foundation, which Notah founded to battle obesity and Type 2 diabetes in Native American Youth. Talk about a win-win.

And for all you bodybuilder types: For days that call for a double dose of protein, try mixing jerky into scrambled eggs and tucked into a corn tortilla. Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce (not) optional.

No jerkin’ around.

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