23 Confusing Fitness Terms—Decoded

If you’ve read a fitness article—ever—you’ve probably come across a science-y term or two that sounds cool and all, but doesn’t quite click. It’s not every day people throw around words like hypertrophy and catabolic state, after all. (If those terms are, in fact, part of your everyday conversations, color us impressed.)

Consider this your nearly-complete glossary of buzzy exercise lingo a.k.a. your guide to sounding like you know what you’re talking about. (But for real: Actually understanding these concepts can help you make the most of our workout routines and see better health and fitness gains.)

Aerobic Exercise:

(a.k.a. cardiovascular exercise)

Exercise in which our muscles use oxygen, carbs, and fat for energy. It increases our heart rate and breathing, builds endurance, and supports cardiovascular health (Examples: swimming, running)

Anaerobic Exercise:

Exercise in which the muscle uses just carbs (but not oxygen) for energy and builds muscle and strength. (Examples: pushups, weight-lifting)

Related: The Hard-Gainer’s Guide To Building Muscle

Anabolic State:

Think of this as your body being in ‘building mode,’ when you are able to repair tissue, build muscle, and keep inflammation under control with the help of hormones like testosterone and growth hormone.

Catabolic State:

This is the opposite of an anabolic state, when your body is in ‘breakdown mode.’ In a desperate search for energy, your body bumps up production of chemicals like epinephrine and the stress hormone cortisol. Blood pressure and heart rate are often increased.

Concentric Movement:

When a muscle can exert force that’s stronger than the resistance against the muscle, and contracts and shortens in length. (Example: curling a dumbbell)

Eccentric Movement:

When a load forces a muscle to lengthen—often during the reverse movement of many strength-training exercises. (Example: un-curling a dumbbell in a controlled manner)

Pronated Grip:

(a.k.a. overhand grip)

When you grab training equipment, like a barbell, with palms facing down and knuckles facing up.

Supinated Grip:

(a.k.a. underhand grip)

When you grab training equipment, like a barbell, with palms facing up and knuckles facing down.

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):

The calories we burn just to maintain basic body functions (like breathing) when there’s no food in our system and we’re just lying in bed after a night of sleep.

Related: Find a performance supplement to take your training to the next level.

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR):

Often used interchangeably with BMR, our RMR is the total energy our bodies need to maintain basic functions at rest throughout the day—not just when we’re in a fasted state after waking up. It’s slightly higher than BMR.

Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE):

The total amount of energy someone uses throughout the day (i.e. the total number of calories they burn). Includes their resting metabolic rate plus eating plus physical activity, and is affected by factors like muscle mass.

Protein Synthesis:

The process in which our muscles repair and build after being under stress (like exercise). This requires molecules in protein called amino acids, hence why eating protein after a workout is recommended.

Lactate:

A chemical produced in our muscles during exercise. That burning sensation in our muscles we incorrectly describe as “lactic acid buildup” actually occurs when our muscles can’t produce lactate quick enough as hydrogen ions build up during high-intensity resistance training.

Hypertrophy:

The increase in size of muscle fibers (and the whole muscle itself) that occurs when a load, like the weight of a dumbbell, is put on the muscle. (Basically, muscle growth.)

Plyometrics:

Exercises in which muscles use maximal force in as little time as possible. They require and develop our explosive power. (Examples: box jumps, medicine ball throws)

Isometrics:

Exercises or positions in which a muscle is not contracting or lengthening, but holds rigid and still. (Examples: planks, hollow holds)

Periodization:

How you structure and vary your workout routine over a period of time in a way that helps you reach your specific goals. Think of it as ‘the long-term plan.’

Ketosis:

When the body burns fat, instead of carbs, for fuel. It takes a few weeks of eating a diet that’s about 75% fat, 15% protein, and just 10% carbs to get there.

Compound Set:

When you perform back-to-back sets of two moves that work the same muscle group (Example: barbell bicep curl and dumbbell hammer curl)

Superset:

When you perform back-to-back sets of two moves that work opposing muscle groups (Example: barbell bicep curl and tricep pushdown)

Drop Set:

When after finishing a set of a strength-training exercise, you reduce the weight you’re lifting and perform additional reps until fatigue at that lower weight.

Metabolic Conditioning:

(a.k.a. “met-con”)

Technically, any exercise that helps boost your body’s ability to make and use fuel. Most workouts we label as “met-con” consist of intervals of hard work and intervals of rest. Over time, our metabolism becomes more efficient and we become better able to perform high-intensity exercise, burn fat for fuel, and see results.

VO2 Max:

This measures your aerobic fitness, or how efficiently your body uses oxygen during exercise. VO2 max is the fastest possible rate that you’re able to deliver oxygen to your muscles. The higher your VO2 max, the better your endurance.

Sources: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Harvard Health Publications, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, UC San Diego, University of New Mexico, American Council on Exercise (ACE); National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS), Tufts University

8 Simple Recipes That Will Have You Screaming For ‘Nice Cream’

We may not be kids anymore, but we still practically scream for the ice cream truck in the summer. (And if it came around in the winter, we’d probably do it then, too.)

Here’s the thing, though: If you’re watching your weight, trying to cut hard-to-pronounce ingredients out of your life, or are lactose intolerant (an adulthood struggle many of us know all too well), regular ol’ ice cream may not have much of a spot in your daily grub. And that’s a little heartbreaking.

With a quality food processor and a few creative ingredients, you can still get your ice cream fix without messing with your stomach or healthy-eating goals. You probably know these healthified ice cream concoctions as ‘nice cream,’ and we rounded up the best recipes the internet has to offer—along with a few straight from our in-house nutritionists—to turn around your dessert game.

1. Banana Almond Butter Nice Cream

‘Naners and nut butter are a match made in heaven, whether in a smoothie, a sandwich, or on their own. This two-ingredient nice cream recipe from Shana Brierley, nutritionist for The Vitamin Shoppe, couldn’t be any easier to make. It’s a quick save when ice cream cravings strike.

You’ll need:

Blend the two ingredients in the food processor until creamy and, voila! Brierley loves this blend because it’s free of added sugar and contains less than a gram of saturated fat (compared to about five grams in the regular stuff). Try topping yours with chopped almonds for extra crunch.

2. Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream

There’s simply no way to enjoy the wonderful green of chocolate chip mint ice cream without artificial colors, right? Wrong. Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe is an all-natural alternative to the refreshing ice cream flavor.

Frozen bananas, peppermint extract, coconut cream, and dark chocolate chips hop into the blender along with a pinch of salt and spirulina (for that green color) for a mint chocolate chip nice cream that takes just five minutes to make. Those green superfoods sure come in handy!

3. Mango Frozen Greek Yogurt

Feeling tropical? Brierley’s healthy fro-yo packs fruity frozen drink flavor, without the sugar hangover.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups mango chunks, frozen
  • 6 oz. plain Greek yogurt

Blend the two ingredients in the food processor until creamy. Top with unsweetened shredded coconut for healthy fats and extra flavor. And because this mix packs protein from the Greek yogurt, it’s super satisfying, Brierley says.

4. Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean NIce Cream

This healthy take on the most classic ice cream flavor in the land takes added sugar and funky ingredients out of the equation—without sacrificing the distinct sweetness of vanilla bean. The Vitamin Shoppe nutritionist Karen Cooney, R.D., loves this recipe for its wholesome ingredients.

You’ll need:

  • 1 can organic full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup soft pitted dates (about 8)
  • 1 vanilla bean (soaked overnight) or ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 tsp guar gum (optional thickener)

Puree coconut milk, dates, and vanilla in the blender until smooth. Then add the almond milk and thickener, and puree until smooth. Pour into a bread pan-sized dish and freeze for a few hours before serving. (Recipe makes about a quart.)

photo: Beaming Baker

5. Dark Chocolate NIce Cream

This one’s for you, chocolate lovers! The Beaming Baker’s dark chocolate nice cream requires just four simple ingredients—and comes together much quicker than a batch of brownies.

Blend frozen bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Enjoy your nice cream immediately if you’re into melty—otherwise freeze for a few hours before serving. This delicious chocolatey base practically begs for fun add-ins or toppings, like cacao nibs or berries.

photo: Feasting on Fruit

6. Vanilla Oatmeal Nice Cream

All the comforts of grandma’s best cookies and our go-to breakfast have transformed into your new favorite summer treat. This nice cream recipe from Feasting On Fruit combines coconut milk, rolled oats, dates, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt, for a simple yet tasty spoonful. To bump up the oatmeal flavor, we’ll be adding a pinch of cinnamon—and perhaps some chocolate chips or raisins—to our bowl.

Related: 4 Protein Cookies That Taste Just Like Grandma’s Classics

7. Strawberry Banana Nice Cream

Whether you’re trying to sneak more fruit into your kids’ diet or just trying to cool off while you enjoy some yourself, Cooney’s all-fruit nice cream is the way to do it. With an all-fruit and non-dairy base, this simple recipe lets its natural flavors speak for themselves.

You’ll need:

  • 4 bananas
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1 tsp stevia

Put berries in a microwave-safe bowl and sprinkle with stevia. Microwave for a minute to dissolve the stevia. Then add the berries and bananas to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a freezer-safe bowl or baking dish and let harden for about two hours.

photo: My Crazy Good Life

8. Dairy-Free Coffee Nice Cream

Get your java fix while satisfying your sweet tooth with this nice cream recipe from My Crazy Good Life. Just brew up some strong espresso, let it cool, and blend it with frozen bananas, vanilla extract, and a drizzle of honey. We’ll be replacing our travel mug with a bowl and a spoon, please.

Related: Find all of the healthy cooking and baking ingredients your heart desires.

15 Keto Snacks For All You Fat-Fuelers Out There

The ketogenic diet, a high-fat style of eating, has grown in popularity for bodybuilders, CrossFit® lovers, low-carb weight-loss dieters, and even Pinterest recipe fanatics.

The goal on a ‘keto’ diet: To shift your body into ketosis, a state in which it burns fat for fuel instead of glucose from carbs, explains Theresa Hennig, R.D.N., dietitian for The Vitamin Shoppe. That means cutting way back on carbs—as well as protein—and eating mostly fats.

We’re talking a lot of fat—like 75 percent of your total calories. And carbs? You’re looking at fewer than 50 grams per day, ideally somewhere as low as 30, says Hennig. Since your body can convert some protein into glucose, that needs to be cut down, too.

Because it keeps your blood sugar levels so stable, eating keto can be helpful for losing weight or managing blood sugar issues, like type 2 diabetes, Hennig says. But since many of our go-to snacks tend to be carb-y (lookin’ at you, PB-filled pretzel nuggets), snacking while on a keto diet can be a little tricky.

Eliminate the guesswork for successful high-fat snacking with these 15 keto-friendly snack ideas—because everyone needs something to munch on:

Nuts And Seeds

Nuts are a perfect food for keto eaters,” says Hennig. “They’re higher in fat and contain a little bit of protein.” A handful of walnuts or sunflower seeds will crush any hunger between meals and are incredibly portable when you’re out and about.

Cheese Cubes

Another easy-peasy keto snack staple is the star player of any appetizer platter: cheese. A serving of cheesy goodness—whether you’re a Swiss or Colby Jack kind of person—offers a dose of fat with a side of protein. And it’s just so dang delicious. Just keep those portions in check, since cheese contains protein, says Hennig.

Bacon And Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Whether you’re keto or not, bacon always sounds like a good idea. These pinwheels combine bacon with ranch seasoning, cream cheese, olives, and deli meat for a portable snack that’s loaded with flavor. 730 Sage Street’s recipe could also be perfect for that dinner party you promised to bring an appetizer to—no one even needs to know it’s keto.

No-Bake Keto Brownies

When you’re in need of something sweet—and low-carb—this keto brownie recipe from The Vitamin Shoppe nutritionist Karen Cooney, R.D., come in clutch. No cooking required!

You’ll need:

Heat the cream in the microwave and add the xylitol (optional). Then stir in pieces of the chocolate until it’s melted and thoroughly mixed in. Let the mixture cool off a bit. Next, add nut butter, coconut flakes, and protein powder. Mix well. Roll batter into 15 balls and store in the fridge.

Avocado

Feel free to sprinkle a little salt and pepper onto half an avocado and dig right in with your spoon for a creamy, healthy fat-packed snack. Easily our favorite green food, avocados also contain some fiber to fill you up. You can even top yours with bacon bits if you’re feelin’ feisty.

Lemon Fat Bombs

These fat bombs (bite-sized snack that deliver a dose of fat) are sweet but refreshing! KetoDiet App’s recipe incorporates fresh lemon zest into a base of coconut oil and coconut butter. Perfect for when you need a quick energy boost.

Related: 6 Fat Bombs You Don’t Have To Be Keto To Love

Cream Cheese Pancakes

Described by I Breathe I’m Hungry as “skinny fried cheesecakes,” these four-ingredient pancakes make this breakfast treat possible on a ketogenic diet. No flour, oats, or mashed banana here! We’re willing to be they’d also make for great low-carb crepes…

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Another portable staple? Hard-boiled eggs, suggests Hennig. They’re easy to make in bulk and then stash in the fridge for whenever the snack monster strikes. If you’re not a huge fan, know this: A little hot sauce goes a long way.

Keto Coffee

When you just need a little something to satisfy your belly and perk you up, blend up Cooney’s keto coffee and you’ll be ready to conquer the day—or at least the next few hours. All you need is:

Blend your three ingredients on high for about one minute, until it’s all creamy and frothy.

Cinnamon Keto Granola

This usually-carby snack just got a fat-friendly makeover. You can nosh on Keto Connect’s granola straight out of the bag or with milk. It’s made with ground flaxseed, coconut flakes, chia seeds, chopped nuts (like pecans and almonds), sugar-free syrup, and cinnamon.

Cloud Bread

Sandwiches seem like they’re off the table when you’re basically cutting most carbs out of your life. That’s where cloud bread comes in. This recipe from Fat For Weight Loss makes for a fluffy, light bread substitute. You’ll just need eggs, cream of tartar, cream cheese, and salt. One fat fueler-friendly ham and cheese sandwich, comin’ right up!

Parmesan Crisps

Keto is basically a cheese lover’s dream diet. Get your cheese fix in an out-of-the-ordinary way with these crisps from Low-Carb Yum. All you need is Parmesan cheese and an oven to bake yourself a batch of cheesy chips.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Keto Cookies

Low-carb baked goods can be tricky, but these cookies from Karen Cooney definitely get the job done.

Here’s what you need:

Fire up your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet (or line with parchment paper). In a bowl, whisk together ground flaxseed and let sit for five minutes to gel, if not using a regular egg. Then, in a medium bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Then fold in cranberries and chocolate chips. Use a tablespoon to separate dough into 12 cookies. Wet hands and roll each drop of dough into smooth balls. (Dough will be very moist.) Bake cookies for about 13 minutes and cool for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cheesy Jalapeno Fat Bombs

Who said fat bombs had to be sweet or chocolate-y? These savory fat bombs from Low-Carb Yum are super cheesy and offer up a perfect balance between salty and spicy. Bacon to the rescue, yet again.

Super Seed Crackers

Seeds, spices, and water come together to allow these seedy crackers to satisfy your need for a crunchy, dip-worthy snack. The Healthy Maven’s recipe combines ground flaxseed, whole flaxseeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds with spices like dried onion, garlic, and sea salt. Spread your mixture across a baking sheet, bake for a half-hour, and dip away.

Related: Shop a variety of spices to kick up the flavor in your homemade snacks.

5 Plant-Based Protein Bars That’ll Make You A Believer

Of the bajillion protein bars fighting for your taste buds’ attention, 99.9% are made with whey. Which is great and all—unless you have a dairy allergy or eat a plant-based diet.

It’s true, the selection of plant-based protein bars is a little more limited (although it’s growing!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the right grab-and-go snack to match your fitness and nutrition goals.

Kiss your whey woes goodbye—these five delicious plant protein bars could make converts out of dairy farmers.

Orgain S’mores Organic Plant-Based Protein Bar

Lower in calories than many protein bars, Orgain’s plant-based bars make for a healthy and convenient light snack. They’re low in sugar (four grams), high in fiber (six grams), and provide 10 grams of protein from a blend of peas and brown rice. And it’s not every day you find yourself a s’mores-flavored protein bar!

Garden of Life SPORT Chocolate Mint Organic Plant-Based Performance Protein Bar

The plant-based post-workout bar, Garden of Life’s performance bar packs 20 grams of protein to refuel your muscles after going hard. It’s a little higher in calories (290) and carbs (33 grams) to help replenish your body. Plus, nine grams of fiber will help you feel full for hours. The chocolate mint is our personal favorite—it’s like a healthy peppermint patty.

D’s Naturals Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Cow Bar

D’s has mastered a slew of unique flavors (try their blueberry cobbler bar), but this pb classic is still one of the best. Loaded with peanut-y flavor and the perfect amount of roasted cocoa nibs, this bar gets you 20 grams of protein for 170 calories. And, since 19 of its 25 grams of carbs come from fiber, it’s a good option if you’re watching your carbs.

Related: Check out all eight flavors of D’s Naturals plant-based bars.

BHU Fit Vegan Apple Chunk Cinnamon Nutmeg Protein Bar

Made with actual chunks of dried apples and just enough spice, BHU Fit’s vegan bar contains just a single gram of sugar and 20 grams of protein—but packs all the flavor of grandma’s classic pie. It’s a breath of fresh air in a world of super-sweet protein bars.

Garden of Life Fit Chocolate Fudge Organic High-Protein Weight Loss Bar

These 200-calorie bars from Garden of Life provide 14 grams of both plant protein and prebiotic fiber for a satisfying, waistline-friendly snack. Plus, it also packs a few unexpected goodies, like green coffee bean extract (to support your metabolism) and ashwagandha (to support vitality). The chocolate fudge flavor is brownie-level good—but saves you the blood sugar spike.

Related: 6 Fat Bombs You Don’t Have To Be Keto To Love

7 Guilt-Free Popcorns That Put Movie Theater Popcorn To Shame

What’s crunchy, salty, and—welp—loaded with fat? Yep, that’d be movie theater popcorn. Though a medium bag comes in at just about 160 calories and nine grams of fat, the golden butter we drench it in slaps on another 130 calories and 14 grams of fat—per tablespoon. And we don’t even want to know how many tablespoons we go through in the solid six seconds we hold down that butter button for.

If the thought of all that greasy, unhealthy butter makes you cringe, you have options! These guilt-free popcorns offer plenty of flavor (whether you’re craving classic or something funky) but won’t throw your macros completely out the window. Munch on!

Buddha Bowl Himalayan Gold Organic Popcorn

Rub the Buddha Bowl for good luck—and eat it for straight-up deliciousness! With just three simple ingredients (organic popcorn, organic coconut oil, and Himalayan salt), this snack comes in at 110 calories and four grams of fat per serving.

Related: Are There Any Benefits To Eating Salt?

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Caramel & Cheddar Popcorn

When your taste buds feel like taking a walk on the wild side, caramel and cheddar popcorn is just what you need. (Sounds weird, tastes amazing.) One and a quarter cups of Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop is 120 calories, with five grams of fat.

Skinny Pop Black Pepper Popcorn

We all love salt on our popcorn, so why has it taken us this long to invite pepper to the party? Skinny Pop’s black pepper popcorn comes in around 80 calories and five grams of fat for two cups-worth of munching.

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn

When you’re craving caramel corn—without the sugar rush and sticky teeth—this Boom Chicka Pop kettle corn is just sweet (and salty) enough to get the job done. Two cups come in at 140 calories with eight grams of fat and eight grams of sugar. Your average caramel corn might pack around twice the sugar.

Related: Is Sugar Really All That Bad For You?

Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar Puffs

Okay, Pirate’s Booty may not be popcorn exactly, but it’s in the same family. These cheesy puffs are free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives—which is a hard find in snack aisles loaded with fake orange cheese powder. A serving of these white cheddar puffs is 130 calories and five grams of fat.

Icon Meals Protein Popcorn

With drool-worthy flavors like dark chocolate and sea salt, white chocolate peanut butter, and FREEDOM (yep, it’s red, white, and blue), this heavenly popcorn is a little more indulgent—but it makes for a muscle-friendly dessert. A one-cup serving is 150 calories, with 15 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein. Who knew you could put protein in popcorn? Consider us hooked.

Pop Time Spicy Jalapeño Popcorn

This popcorn packs heat, and makes for a great replacement for spicy chips that are often loaded with fat and artificial gunk. A serving (just more than two cups) is 140 calories and eight grams of fat.

Related: Check out a full selection of health-focused snacks.

 

8 High-Protein Snacks That’ll Satisfy Your Salt Cravings

’Nice’ cream, protein cookies, and mug cake recipes are all over internet. We get it—people want to eat healthy while indulging their sweet tooth. But what if you’re a ‘salt person’? Does no one understand the struggle of turning down nacho cheese corn chips?

Fear not, salt-lovers, we’ve got your back. These savory, health-conscious snacks will satisfy even the greatest itch for greasy potato chips without catapulting you into the world of salt, fat, and calorie-overload. Plus, these eats all contain at least five grams of protein per serving, so they’ll fill you up and keep your health and fitness efforts on track.

SuperEats Chipotle BBQ Protein Puffs

Cheese Doodles don’t quite fit into our healthy-eating routine—but these SuperEats protein puffs pretty much nail the light, airy, crunch of those frighteningly-orange supermarket snacks. The chipotle BBQ flavor is sweet and spicy at the same time, and a serving of puffs provides eight grams of protein with only eight grams of carbs.

Quest Cheddar And Sour Cream Protein Chips

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t secretly love the powder that covers our fingertips after polishing off a bag of cheesy-good chips. Quest’s cheddar and sour cream Protein Chips are perfectly flavored for that finger-licking purpose—without the stomach ache and salt-burned lips other chips might leave us with. With just five grams of carbs and 21 (yes, 21) grams of protein, these might just be the most macro-friendly chips in all the land.

Related: What Is The “If It Fits Your Macros” Diet—And Should You Try It?

Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Honestly, is anything better than the pungent, salty flavor of salt and vinegar chips? Yes—when that same flavor is coming from a super-good-for-you piece of kale instead of a grease-soaked potato. Gimme Some Oven’s recipe for salt and vinegar kale chips will make you want to eat your leafy greens. There are about seven grams of protein in an ounce of kale chips, plus a bonus dose of minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Protes Spicy Chili Lime Protein Chips

With a little paprika and jalapeño, these spicy chili lime chips pack just enough heat. They get their 15 grams of protein per serving from pea protein, and they’re a flavor-filled way to sneak some extra protein into your day—whether you’re vegan or not. We’ll take ‘em with a side of guacamole, please.

Seapoint Farms Sea Salt Dry-Roasted Edamame

Edamame (a.k.a. soybeans) aren’t just for sushi night. Just dry the beans, add sea salt, and you’ve got a portable crunchy snack that also happens to provide 13 grams of plant-based protein along with a whopping eight grams of fiber. Now that’ll hold you over ‘til your next meal!

Spicy Garlic Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

You know those chickpeas that have been sitting in your pantry for the past six months? Grab ‘em, and then fire up the oven for this too-easy healthy snack. These spicy garlic roasted chickpeas from Yuri Elkaim will throw a crunchy flavor party in your mouth while using simple, wholesome ingredients you already have in the kitchen. And since an ounce of chickpeas contain about five grams of protein and five grams of fiber, they’ll fill you up, not out.

Enlightened Foods Sea Salt Bean Crisps

These bean crisps will satisfy your need for the crunchy goodness of thick-cut kettle chips. And with just four simple ingredients, these crisps are significantly lower in fat. A serving comes in at 100 calories, with just three grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, five grams of fiber, and seven grams of protein, for a well-balanced snack.

Three Jerks Original Filet Mignon Jerky

This is not your average jerky. This is buttery, tender filet mignon jerky—and, yes, your taste buds will know the difference. With a powerhouse posse of flavors and spices—including soy sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce—this is the chewy, meaty snack your salt-loving taste buds need. Oh, and a serving packs 12 grams of protein. Not too shabby!

Related: Satisfy your sweet tooth, too, with protein bars and cookies.