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Since moving here to beautiful British Columbia, I’ve been on a few pretty special road trips. While they haven’t been the longest, driving six hours seems like a pretty long trip to me.
As soon as you drive north or east of Vancouver, you get to the mountains. These aren’t just any mountains, but some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. To the North-west, there’s the Sea-to-Sky highway up to Whistler, winding between the the sea and the jagged edges of the snow-peaked province. Or we can head south, straight into the US to explore Washington state and then down into the wonderful Oregon. If you’re going due-east, then there’s the whole country to explore.
Apart from packing the clothes, camping gear, and enough toys to keep baby busy for a few miles into the journey, there’s the snacks.
I’m trying to eat well, a balance diet of plenty of lean protein, not to many carbs and little-to-no refined sugar. This can be really hard when space in the car is incredibly limited, and the only stops for refilling the mobile pantry are gas stations.
Thank goodness for jerky. But not just any jerky. I’ve tried lots and some just taste like old shoe leather. Since finding McSweeney’s jerky, I’ve become a bit of a jerky-snob. To be honest, I always considered jerky to be the food of hardened truckers and cowboys. I’m neither. I don’t have a truck and my head is too big for most cowboy hats.
I feel good about eating McSweeney’s though as it’s made from tender strips and made in small batches. It’s naturally smoked, so no nasty liquid smoke additive.
As it’s lean meat, it’s a source of protein, perfect for keeping me fueled without going over my daily limit for carbs.
Probably my favourite reason to choose McSweeney’s is that they’re a Canadian company, sharing the values that make this country so awesome.
The giveaway: Win a backpack full of McSweeney’s Jerky.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by McSweeney’s, which is just fine by me as I already loved their jerky. Hooray for free food!