SLIM PICK­INGS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Jen­nifer Christman Slim Pick­ings is a weekly re­view of light foods. Email: jchrist­man@arkansason­line.com

WHAT: P3 Por­ta­ble Pro­tein Packs with Planters

STATS: Vary by fla­vor. The pack with honey-roasted peanuts, sweet-and-spicy teriyaki beef jerky and sun­flower ker­nels contains 250 calo­ries and 17 fat, 12 car­bo­hy­drate, 3 fiber, 7 sugar and 13 pro­tein grams. We found them (sold in boxes of three packs) in a snack aisle at Tar­get, 420 S. Univer­sity Ave., Lit­tle Rock. Visit pro­tein­pro­tein­pro­tein.com.

THE SKINNY: Un­til now, P3 Por­ta­ble Pro­tein Packs have fea­tured Os­car Mayer meats and cheese and re­quired re­frig­er­a­tion.

Now, they’ve gone nuts. There’s a new line fea­tur­ing shelf-sta­ble in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing Planters peanuts, jerky and salty seeds (says the clever la­bel on the three-part plas­tic pack­ag­ing: “Be­fore pow­der, bars and goos, there was meat, seeds and nuts”).

There are three Planters packs: honey-roasted peanuts, sweet-and-spicy teriyaki beef jerky and sun­flower ker­nels; chipo­tle peanuts, orig­i­nal beef jerky and sun­flower ker­nels; and honey-roasted peanuts, maple-glazed ham jerky and sun­flower ker­nels.

While they’re con­ve­nient and con­tain a de­cent amount of pro­tein, they can be pricey. We paid $4.99 for each box of three serv­ings. Slim Pick­ers could cer­tainly save money pack­ing their own packs.

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/JEN­NIFER CHRISTMAN

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