Lose weight with turkey jerky!

Sounds like a subject line from spam email, right? Well, believe it or not, even if you don't consciously cut down on calories, snacking on turkey jerky will help you shed excess pounds. That's because it's a low-fat food that's loaded in protein, which was recently found to trigger the release of the anti-hunger hormone PPY. And that helps you eat an impressive 30% less at meals and decreases overall calorie consumption for an entire 24 hours, according to a brand-new study from University College London in England.

If the term "jerky" has you shuddering at the thought of chowing down on anything that's sold under the blinding fluorescent lights at your local 24-hour slurpee store, you're in luck. Jerky isnít the chemical-saturated convenience store snack it once was. There are now plenty of varieties that are all natural and free of preservatives, nitrates, MSG and other scary chemicals.

Even better? Turkey jerky is a tasty on-the-go treat that doesn't require refrigeration. Just pop a couple in your purse or knapsack and keep them there till a hunger pang hits!

We've rounded up our four favorite 100% all-natural turkey snacks.

PLUS: Scroll down for super-easy recipes for making your own turkey jerky right at home!

Fave turkey jerky #1: SnackMasters

The turkeys used in the jerky are range-raised and fed an all-natural diet free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Choose from original recipe, teriyaki, hot & spicy and peppered balsamic.

Treat yourself: $5.99 per 3.5-ounce packet, SnackMasters.com, (800) 421-1223

Fave turkey jerky #2: Golden Valley Natural

These turkeys are fed an all-vegetarian diet free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Choose from original, teriyaki, sweet and spice and black pepper flavors.

Treat yourself: $5.99 per 4-ounce packet, GoldenValleyNatural.com, (208) 227-9000

Fave turkey jerky #3: Double "B" Foods

Available in hickory smoked flavor

Treat yourself: $5.49 for a 4-ounce packet, Amazon.com

Fave turkey jerky #4: Pacific Coast Jerky Factory

Available in original flavor

Treat yourself: $4.95 for a 4-ounce packet, OriginalJerky.com

Use these easy recipes to make turkey jerky in your own oven

Recipe from Shady Brook Farms

Recipe from Epicurean.com

Recipe from RecipeSource.com



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