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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Amazing Beef Stick!

Midnight Snack Anyone?
    OK, so I know the title could mean a whole lot of things, but let's keep this above the neck, shall we? I'm speaking about those convenience store staples, the jerky-like so-called meat stick. There are many brands around these days, but the one I identify with the most is the Slim Jim. They've been around for a long time and I remember having them when I was much younger. I have tried a bunch of different brands (some even with cheese sticks along side), but always seem to gravitate back toward the Slim Jim variety. Perhaps it's just nostalgia. I mean, how could something like this be good for you? Well, it can't. But that's OK; every once in a while I like to live dangerously. Ever want to know what's in one? I did. And I was VERY surprised by what I found out.

Old Reliable!
First off, let's discuss the ingredients. There is meat in them, but what kind varies! No kidding. There are things like, something they call, "mechanically separated chicken." MMMmmm.. Well...maybe not MMMmmm, but tasty nonetheless. Normally I stick to regular beef jerky products, sometimes I even make my own. (That's a whole 'nother article!) But you can't beat the convenience and price of nostalgic old Slim Jims. Yes, I know that the sodium content in one small stick equals your entire daily allowance, but it's not like I eat these things at every meal...Maybe one in a long while. They even come in various flavors now. The Tabasco flavored ones are really quite tasty.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life!
Understand, I am in no way advocating these as a health food. Now that I read that last line I realize how silly it was to type. Of course, it's not a health food! Yes, it has low carbs, but that's about their only redeeming quality. Sometimes you just have to NOT care. I look at it this way: If you can have only a select few vices, they should be ones that aren't hurting anyone and don't do too much damage to yourself. I mean, some folks think COFFEE is a vice.....as you well know, I am certainly NOT one of them! Coffee on the road is a pleasure for me and not a guilty one at that!

Every once in a while, do something that you like. Something that other folks think is "bad for you." If you like it...why not? Just remember to moderate. I believe your state of mind will improve. I know mine does!

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com

6 comments:

  1. Slim Jim's are the greatest. Until the plant explosion in 2009 they were made in Garner, NC. Now mde Up Norsth.

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    1. Cal,
      Absoluteness! Had no idea they were from NC.

      Thanks,

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  2. Nothing wrong with indulging in a guilty pleasure once in awhile. :) If you find yourself in Sioux Falls, SD get some meat sticks from The Meat Lodge - they make their own!

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    1. Susan,
      Mmmm, sounds delicious. I'll make a note!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  3. Not to overlook that "Randy Macho Man Savage" made some great commercials for Slim Jims.

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    1. MrTommy,
      I loved those!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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