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Why Do Our Bodies Need Protein?

The human body is a complex thing that uses lots of different components to build and maintain itself.  One of the key ones is protein which is why a high protein snack such as Biltong is so important.. But what do our bodies use protein for and why is it so important that we get enough of the right stuff into our diets?

What is protein?

Let’s start with the very basics – what is protein?  Protein is like a string long string of sausages. Only instead of being meat, each ‘sausage’ is one of 15 molecules known as amino acids.  The order these amino acids are found is based on DNA. There are different types of protein including solid, flexible and mobile. And in order to do their jobs, proteins need to use minerals and vitamins.

Despite being crucial to our well-being, our intestine can’t absorb the whole protein.  Instead, it breaks it down into smaller chains of two or three amino acids known as peptides.  Our bodies even use a special type of protein called digestive enzymes to break down the larger protein into smaller peptides and then let the body use them.

Each human body has anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 proteins in it.  Each has a unique gene in our DNA that organised the 22 amino acids into unique sequences.  Our bodies also constantly break down and form these proteins, reusing and recycling amino acids as needed.

Why protein is crucial in the diet

A good way to better understand what all that means is to look at some examples of protein in action in our bodies and why it is crucial in the diet.

Muscle mass

Muscle mass is a good starter.  To have strong muscles, supporting tendons and ligaments, protein is needed.  That’s why a high protein snack is a key part of a fitness regime and why bodybuilders, for example, eat a very high protein diet.  Protein also helps developer leaner muscle – if you don’t have the right proteins, then your muscles waste (muscle atrophy) and you lose strength.

Avoid overeating

Another benefit of having the right protein in your diet is that it can help you lose weight.  It does this by filling up the stomach and making you not crave something else to eat. Overeating is a top reason for weight problems and it is often caused by us not feeling full.  Eating the right balance of protein can help combat this and avoid overeating.

Help blood sugar levels

Controlling blood sugar levels is very important for people with diabetes but can also be important for people without it.  Insulin is a hormone that is used to process carbohydrates, fat and protein. Carbohydrates need a lot more of it than fat or protein.  So, the response from your body to different foods such as these is different. High carb or high sugar foods raise the levels of blood sugar, but protein has the opposite effect.

Improve mood

It is easy to forget that what we eat can directly impact our mood and how we feel.  Some of the amino acids in protein are naturally balancing hormones that help you feel better and avoid anxiety.  Protein also helps neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that help improve mood and make us feel happy.

Getting the right protein

Like any component of the diet, it is important to balance the amount of protein in the diet as too much of anything is never a good thing.  But it is easy to look at how much protein you are consuming and use high protein snack to boost levels if you are eating too little. That way you supply your body with all the good stuff it needs to stay healthy.

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Biltong Meal Ideas – The Perfect Protein Packed Food!

When it comes to a high protein diet, Biltong makes the perfect healthy snack. But what about adding it into your recipes to enhance a meal?

Tasty, healthy Biltong Meal Recipe Ideas

Biltong is a fabulous tasting high protein snack, that is cured, not cooked. Retaining most of the nutrients, Biltong added into a recipe to enhance a meal really boosts your protein intake. For those who are on a lower carb, higher protein diet, adding Biltong into meal recipe is a quick and easy way to fit into your meal plan.

If you choose to replace your usual meat with Biltong or add it to a meatless meal to boost your protein intake, then not only will it be more healthy, but it will be really easy to make too. In fact you will be surprised just how versatile Biltong really is, and a 3 course Biltong meal is not out of the question.

Below are some tasty, healthy Biltong recipes to make sure you always enjoy the benefits of eating Biltong.

Starter: Ciabatta bread with camembert cheese, caramelised onions and Biltong

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 Ciabatta, sliced
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Camembert cheese,  thinly sliced
  • A packet of Biltong
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced and caramelised

Biltong Sandwich Making Process:

  • Drizzle olive oil on the sliced ciabatta bread and place under the grill to toast slightly on each side.
  • Once slightly brown, top with a few slices  of camembert. Place back under the grill for the Camembert to melt, remove from the oven and top with a few pieces of biltong and some of the caramelised onions.

Ready to eat and adaptable too! Change the ingredients to suit, and try using different types of Biltong to change the flavours for a dinner party.

Main Meal:  Biltong Stew

Ingredients you will need:

  • olive oil
  • 300g biltong
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • Ginger paste
  • Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • cayenne pepper
  • 100ml boiling water

Biltong Stew Process:

  • Fry the onions and garlic.
  • Add the Biltong and fry for a minute.
  • Add the tomato puree. Stir and cook for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for about 5 minutes until it has cooked down.
  • Add the boiling water a bit at a time until you are happy with the consistency.

This is now ready to serve with a side of vegetables and potatoes or rice.

Desert: Biltong Cake

Clearly adding Biltong in a pudding or dessert was going to be a stretch, and most of you may have been a little concerned that we were going to make Biltong meringue, or even Biltong jelly, but we don’t want to turn our readers off.

However we have experimented with cakes.

You may have heard of adding courgettes to a cake to keep it moist, well adding Biltong doesn’t do that, but it does give a unique flavour. It’s a bit like the reverse of adding chocolate to a Mexican chilli dish.

In all honesty, the recipes on the web are all simply cakes that are decorated with Biltong, and we are not that keen in sharing, so you can make your own mind up about that one.

In the next few months, we will be adding to our Biltong recipes with Salads, Soups, and so much more. Please keep checking back for more delicious and healthy Biltong recipes, and don’t forget to bookmark the website too!

Choosing Biltong as a regular part of your healthy diet for you and your family makes sense. It’s the perfect snack no matter if you need gluten free, high protein, low carbs or low sugar

With a variety of styles and flavours on offer, which one will your choose?

  • Original Biltong
  • Garlic Biltong
  • Piri Piri Biltong
  • Original Droewors
  • Garlic Droewors

What is the difference between Biltong and Droewors?

Take a look at our selection by visiting our online shop here: https://theoriginalbiltongcompany.co.uk/shop/

Biltong Sandwich Ideas – The Perfect Protein Packed Lunch For Every Day!

When it comes to a high protein diet, Biltong makes an ideal healthy snack. But what about adding it into a tasty sandwich for your lunch?

Tasty, healthy Biltong Sandwich Ideas

Biltong is a fabulous tasting high protein snack, that is cured, not cooked. Retaining most of the nutrients, it really packs a protein punch and can easily replace some or all of your meat sandwich filler alternatives.

If you choose to replace your meat sandwich fillings with Biltong, then not only will it be more healthy, the sandwich will take longer to eat too (because of the slightly chewy texture), which fools your body into thinking it has had more to eat.

Below are some tasty, healthy Sandwich Ideas to make sure you never get bored of eating Biltong.

Biltong, Rocket and Parmesan Panini with Mayonnaise

Ingredients you will need:

  • Panini
  • Mayonnaise
  • Biltong
  • Rocket
  • Parmesan

Sandwich Making Process:

  • Slice your panini in half longways.
  • Spread the bottom half lightly with Mayonnaise.
  • Add Biltong, and then top with rocket and Parmesan shavings.
  • Top with the remaining half of your Panini bread.

Ready to eat or even better toasted. You can swap the Mayonnaise with Mustard if you prefer, or use olive oil if you wish too.

Biltong, Red Onion and Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 Slices of bread (white or brown, soft is best)
  • Butter
  • Red Onion (sliced)
  • Avocado (sliced)
  • Biltong of your choice (original is best)

Sandwich Making Process:

  • Spread two slices of bread with butter (brown or white, soft bread is best)
  • Slice some red Onion and layer a few rings onto one slice of bread butter side up.
  • Slice some Avocado and layer this on top, this gives a creaminess to the sandwich.
  • Top with Biltong slices (original is best).
  • Put the second slice of bread butter side down on top.
  • Slice in half diagonally.

Ready to eat, or your sandwich can be wrapped and stored in a fridge to eat later that same day. .

Cheesy Biltong Toasted Sandwich – You will need a toastie making machine

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 Slices of bread
  • Butter
  • Parmesan or Wensleydale Cheese (or cheese of choice)
  • Chopped Chives (optional)
  • Biltong of your choice (original is best, but Piri Piri gives it an added kick)

Sandwich Making Process:

  • Spread two slices of bread with butter (brown or white, soft bread is best).
  • Slice some cheese (parmesan or wensleydale is perfect) onto one slice of bread, butter side DOWN (this ensures it does not stick to your toastie maker).
  • Add some Biltong (cut into small pieces).
  • Add some chopped chives (optional)
  • On the other slice of bread, add some dijon mustard to the unbuttered side and put this butter side OUT on top of the sandwich.
  • Place in the toastie making machine and cook until golden brown.

In the next few months, we will be adding to our recipes with Salads, Soups, and so much more. Please keep checking back for more delicious and healthy Biltong recipes, and don’t forget to bookmark the website too!

Choosing Biltong as a regular part of your healthy diet for you and your family makes sense. It’s the perfect snack no matter if you need gluten free, high protein, low carbs or low sugar.

With a variety of styles and flavours on offer, which one will you choose?

  • Original Biltong
  • Garlic Biltong
  • Piri Piri Biltong
  • Original Droewors
  • Garlic Droewors

What is the difference between Biltong and Droewors?

Take a look at our selection by visiting our online shop here: https://theoriginalbiltongcompany.co.uk/shop/

Biltong Sandwich Ideas

Why Biltong Is Beneficial As A Healthy Snack & For A High Protein Diet

For 2018, most of us have set New Year’s resolutions of detoxing, eating healthier or doing more exercise which are all great health benefits for both mind and body. Inevitably though, after a couple of lean months, the takeaway cravings come back and long gone are the healthy salads and fruit for lunch. However, Biltong is a tasty healthy snack perfect for a high protein diet that can be eaten on the go or enjoyed at home, and because it is so tasty it is something that continues to be a part of people’s healthy diet all year round.

What makes Biltong so good for a high protein diet?

Biltong is cured and spiced before it is dried, and the fact the beef is cured and not cooked means that it retains all of the great nutrients and vitamins that our bodies need. Whether you simply want a healthy snack to keep you going at the gym, need something to get through your working day without bulking or bloating your stomach or if you just want a healthy snack just to grab between meals at your home, Biltong can cater for all your needs.

As well as being great for a high protein diet, here are some other health benefits of Biltong:

  • It is extremely low in saturated fats (usually averaging around 3%) which makes it a very popular choice for a weight reducing diet.
  • Because it is low in saturated fats, it is also good for your cholesterol levels.
  • Biltong is high in Vitamin B12 which is essential for healthy blood cells and successful cell replication.
  • The high protein content and low carbohydrate value means that 25g of Biltong can meet half of your daily protein requirement.
  • Because there is no sugar added, Biltong makes the ideal sugar free snack.
  • Biltong is also low in carbohydrates, which in turn reduces the sugar levels in your body and therefore your insulin needs. (Source: https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/advantages-of-a-low-carb-diet/)
  • The different spices used to flavour Biltong are all natural and ones you will be familiar with, the main spices used being salt, pepper, vinegar, coriander and paprika.

Biltong is a convenient snack that is easily stored. Due to the fact that Biltong is cured and dried, it is regularly used to be taken on long hikes as it lasts a long time. This can also benefit those who want an easy protein rich snack to take to the gym as it won’t go off in your gym bag.

As well as the benefits mentioned, Biltong is the perfect healthy snack when eating for two. It is believed to improve and maintain concentration during pregnancy and also can be used for children to chew on during teething.

Choosing Biltong as a regular part of your healthy diet for you and your family makes sense. It’s the perfect snack no matter if you need gluten free, high protein, low carbs or low sugar.

With a variety of styles and flavours on offer, which one will you choose?

  • Original Biltong
  • Garlic Biltong
  • Piri Piri Biltong
  • Original Droewors
  • Garlic Droewors

What is the difference between Biltong and Droewors? Take a look at our selection by visiting our online shop here: https://theoriginalbiltongcompany.co.uk/shop/