Beef Sticks – Making Healthy Convenient

We get it. Eating healthy isn’t always convenient…or tasty. BUT IT CAN BE!

Life is not convenient. And I’m talking about the good stuff, the Full Days, the beautiful memories.

It’s been a record winter for us…meteorologists first began referring to it as a “10 Year Winter”…biggest since 2006. But the snow just kept falling and soon it grew into a “30 Year Winter”, challenging the all time record set in ‘96 (13+ feet of snow and schools closed for a full month!). Locals call it “A Clear Out Winter”, as in, come Spring, a whole bunch of folks will put their properties up for sale and clear out for milder climates.


For us? BEST.WINTER.EVER! We played outside, snowboarded, skied, kept pushing the limits of our sledding hill, built snowmen and generally had a ball…even while learning where to put all the snow when there was no place to shovel, plow and blow it.


Continued below…

  • This post is sponsored by Paleovalley, however all opinions are our own. 

Thank you for entering! And congrats to the winner!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t be sad, we have a parting gift for you (see below for details)! Also, keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming giveaways equally as awesome as this one!

Want to smile? Watch the video of the day out that inspired this post!

  • 100% grass fed & grass finished beef from family farmers in the U.S. whose happy cows are never given antibiotics, steroids, hormones or grain.
  • Only organic spices are used for a delicious, savory flavor and a healthy snack minus problematic ingredients commonly found in spice blends.
  • Carefully crafted, avoiding all GMOs and dangerous hydrogenated oils, each stick has 0g sugar and no artificial nitrates or nitrites, gluten, soy or dairy. Most other beef sticks (even the grass fed ones) contain encapsulated citric acid, a GMO-based ingredient which is coated in inflammatory hydrogenated oils. 
  • Our most favorite detail is that Paleovalley takes 4x’s longer to make their beef sticks than conventional preservation methods, they use natural fermentation to achieve healthier results. Each beef stick contains 1 billion CFUs of naturally occurring, gut-friendly probiotics for a convenient, delicious and nutrient rich snack.

Cabin Fever

But as Winter has pushed long, thanks a lot Punxsutawney Phil, cabin fever has grown.

  • Side rant…Generally I love the whole Facebook Memories thing…you know, when Facebook drops a “one year ago today…two years ago today…” pin in your feed. This year, Facebook, you’re NOT helping. A year ago this time we were already in t-shirts and slippers…and there was this strange green all over the ground. This year…not so much. Rant over.

At this point, just getting out has become inconvenient. Our high mountain road “daycations” are impassable and the snow on our normal hiking trails is too deep for our younger kids. Ever had one leg break the surface of the snow and plunge into 2.5 feet of deep wetness? With a 2 year old on your back? Yeah, fun! But getting out to play…that’s where the memories await.

Life isn’t convenient. Family outings. Eight hour work days that morph into 10, 12, 14 hours. Any day where plans go sideways and the best you can do in the moment is adapt. These days, they are coming and we all know it. Today, next Tuesday, a month from Friday…they’re inevitable. So we’re always looking to make them easier, because these are the Full Days, where the beautiful memories wait.

Getting Out Made Easy

Recently we dragged the kids, and ourselves, out to Myrtle Falls (did you see the video? Be prepared to smile!). It’s an easy hike, no matter the season, that gets us out and playing.

What helped, was being able to head out the door with a handful of easy snacks. Some water, a few apples, slices of cheese and a fist full of beef sticks. The day would’ve been over before it began had we stopped to pack a lunch. And it would have been doomed for failure if we hadn’t thought about food at all.

Beef Sticks

Beef sticks are a huge hit in our family…one of those snacks that everyone smiles at when pulled from a back pack. In the past, friends have blessed us with homemade, slow smoked beef sticks, which always make convenient snacks for our family outings and for my long work days (have I mentioned I get “hangry”?). However, these goodies that we get from friends NEVER last long (cause we eat them so fast) and their availability isn’t consistent.

Paleovalley

Thankfully, we stumbled upon Paleovalley. As individuals, and for our family, we want to eat the healthiest, tastiest foods and products that we can find. Paleovalley is committed to producing products that are 100% healthy…and yep, they make Beef Sticks!

Summer Sausage, Garlic Summer Sausage, Jalapeno, and Original flavors – all made from 100% grass fed beef raised in the U.S.A. and naturally fermented (read: no preservatives). Remember how I mentioned that our friends “slow cooked” their sticks? Well, Paleovalley takes their time as well. Their natural process takes about 4 times longer than the cheaper, less healthy method used by other companies.

Paleovalley Beef Sticks check all the right boxes for our family. As for the flavor? Take our word for it now, but all it will take is one bite to agree! Me? Summer Sausage is my favorite. Kelsey (who loves spice and a little kick) was all about the Jalapeno flavor. And the kids? They fought over them all…except the last beef stick…which somehow ended up in my jacket pocket for later!

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Paleovalley has graciously extended an amazing discount of 30% off your next order of beef sticks exclusively to Full of Days readers! So, if you’re sad that you didn’t win the giveaway, then you’ll smile knowing you can order these awesome snacks at a 30% discount (for a limited time only!). 

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  • Nikki
    Reply

    These sound so yummy! The Garlic Summer Sausage sounds sooooo good!

  • Angela
    Reply

    I’d love to try the original! These look so good!

  • carey cole
    Reply

    Jalapeno seems like a great one to try!!

  • Katie
    Reply

    I would love to try to original and the garlic!

  • Lori
    Reply

    I’d love to try the summer sausage flavor! These sound amazing!

  • Stephanie
    Reply

    I would also like to try the garlic summer sausage!

    • Melissa Sue Gordon
      Reply

      Me too! Anything with garlic, need more flavor when I’m out on the trail!

      • Kelsey Steffen
        Kelsey Steffen
        Reply

        That’s what I thought Melissa! However, they’re all very flavorful! The original and summer sausage are both fantastic, too! But, the jalapeno is still my fave!

  • Judith
    Reply

    My favorite would be jalapeno

  • Barbara L Matthews
    Reply

    These are delicious! Great give away. Love the garlic summer sausage and looking forward to trying the other varieties.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Thanks Barbara! Best of luck to you!

  • Kristina
    Reply

    These look good! I would love to try all of the flavors but I’m definitely looking forward to the jalapeño one. These would be great to toss in my pack on hiking trips for a quick snack!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! They’re the best for a long (or quick) hike! Something to look forward to, for sure!

  • Gretchen
    Reply

    Jalapeño sounds incredible!!

  • Denesia Weldy
    Reply

    Garlic summer sausage sounds awesome

  • Hilary Gardner
    Reply

    Kelsey, I am with you! All the flavors sound awesome, but I LOVE jalapeños so I can’t wait to try the jalapeño one! Also, I was on their Facebook page and there were a bunch of products I want to try!!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! We’ve tried many of their products and LOVE them! We’re looking forward to trying their Superfoods Bar and their Supergreens powder! Stick around…we may be having more giveaways with their products soon enough! 😉

  • debc
    Reply

    I gotta find these! I love summer sausages!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Debc, are you stateside? The link to Paleovalley is above! You can click on the link and order straight from the website!

  • Rita
    Reply

    Orignal and Garlic Summer Sausage

  • Stacy Dexter
    Reply

    OH my goodness!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! I’m so excited to try all of them, specifically the garlic. yum!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Great! Paleovalley was very gracious with this giveaway! Best of luck Stacy!

  • Tee Anderson
    Reply

    I would love to try the original

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s delicious, Tee!

  • Vicky
    Reply

    We like to keep it simple. Original is good for us. Garlic summer sausage and jalapeno sounds interesting too… Nevermind, let me try it all! 😂

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Haha! That made me lol Vicky! Well…if you win you’ll get to try each flavor! 🙂

  • Jessica Coblentz
    Reply

    All of them sound yummy!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      And all of them TASTE yummy, too!

  • LC
    Reply

    Garlic Summer Sausage or Jalapeno would be the ones I really want to try

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      My favorites! Best of luck LC!

  • Sarah Stevenot
    Reply

    Was thinking of trying the original 🙂

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s fabulous! Their spice blend is yummy!

  • Ari
    Reply

    A version of summer sausage that doesn’t leave me trying to draw a mental block for what I’m consuming? yes please!

    • Ari
      Reply

      Always looking for good backcountry options

      • Kelsey Steffen
        Kelsey Steffen
        Reply

        This is a fantastic option Ari! We love tossing them in our packs before we head out for a trek!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Haha, exactly Ari! All ingredients are recognizable and easy to read! 🙂

  • tammy
    Reply

    ooh garlic summer sausage

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s a winner Tammy! 🙂

  • Saurabh Rastogi
    Reply

    I want them here in India!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Oh bummer Saurabh! Hopefully they’ll start shipping internationally!

  • Julia
    Reply

    Always looking for healthy snacks that are light and easy to transport and eat for our outdoor adventures. Guarantee our whole family would love, but I am excited most to try the jalapeño!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! The jalapeno are my faves, Julia! Our whole family gobble these up with no complaints…well, maybe only when they’re gone! 😉

  • Courtney
    Reply

    Wow! These look amazing! I am excited to try the summer garlic- I bet it’s amazing!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It is Courtney! Hopefully you’ll get to try them!

  • Andrea Covarrubias
    Reply

    I just found you guys and I’m enjoying looking around! I am excited to try those garlic summer sausage beef sticks! (I just need to confirm they are gluten free for my little celiacs.)

  • Helen O'Rourke
    Reply

    These look like great hiking snacks for my kids, I love having something healthy that’s easy for them to snack on while on the trail. I’m most excited to try summer sausage

    • Jason Steffen
      Jason Steffen
      Reply

      Helen, our kiddos love them. Of course, us adults are a bit hesitant to share them because they are SOOOO good!

  • Lela Buck
    Reply

    I would like to try them all, but the garlic summer sausage is calling my name.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Right? They’re all so good…it really is hard to pick a favorite!

  • Lori Geiger
    Reply

    Really want to try the Summer Sausage but they all sound good!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      You won’t be disappointed with any of them, Lori! Promise!

  • Jean Daly
    Reply

    I am a member of a search and rescue team. This would be amazing in our packs.
    Original is probably the best flavor to please all and be shared with our K9 team members while out there

    • Jason Steffen
      Jason Steffen
      Reply

      Jean, what Search and Rescue team are you a member of? We live in a mountainous region and S&R teams are highly valued! And great point – the ingredients in these sticks would make great treats for the hard working K9’s!

  • Tessa Carter
    Reply

    They all sound good but the Garlic summer sausage sounds like a great flavor.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s super yummy! Thanks Tessa!

  • Nidia
    Reply

    These sound amazing

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      They are Nidia!!! 🙂

  • Audrey Bird
    Reply

    I’m in ak, so cabin fever hits hard- totally feeling it right now. Our nights are subzero but days get to above freezing and sunny! Such a tease. Also, food storage AND QUALITY is important for us up here!Im super excited to discover this brand!!! We usually get Epic Bars but I LOVE that these are fermented! So awesome. Especially excited for the garlic one. Ordering some for sure!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome Audrey! Yes, I can imagine finding a quality food source is like finding gold up there! 🙂

    • Jason Steffen
      Jason Steffen
      Reply

      Audrey, Funny how geography works! We are just south of the Canadian border and we look at so much of the US and think…”when do we get summer”. And you will be thinking the same about us in a few more weeks! The fermenting process that Paleovalley uses really caught our eye as well (we ferment Sourdough/Kombucha/Water Kefir/Milk Kefir/Sauerkraut and other veggies). Hang in there!

  • Sachiko Wisner Miller
    Reply

    Beef sticks with natural fermentation! I am super excited to try!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES, exactly! So awesome, right Sachiko? 🙂

  • Lisa
    Reply

    I adore garlic and would love to try the Garlic Summer Sausage! What a fantastic product and definitely needed in today’s culture.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Agreed Lisa! Paleovalley has some really awesome products! And they’re SUPER critical about what goes in them and the entire process of making them and getting them out to consumers!

  • Brandy Rutledge Lendley
    Reply

    Garlic summer sausage sounds yummy

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s absolutely delicious!

  • Patti
    Reply

    Would like to try!!!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome Patti! Best of luck with the giveaway!

  • Cheryl
    Reply

    These all sound amazing. I would love to try Summer Sausage or the original. If I won this I would be on cloud nine. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! Fingers crossed! It’s such a fantastic giveaway! Like we said…we’d keep it for ourselves if we could! 😉 Best of luck!

  • Beth O'Keefe
    Reply

    The Summer Sausage and the Jalepeno sound awesome!! My kids think it’s weird, but I always carry beef sticks in my purse in case of snack emergencies.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! Those are my favorite flavors! And spot on with being prepared for “snack emergencies”…they always come! Best to be armed and ready! 😉

  • Sherry Chinn
    Reply

    They all look really good. Itvwoyld love to try the summer sausage one.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      They all TASTE really good, too Sherry! Best of luck!

  • Sunnie Johnson
    Reply

    Great blog!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Thanks Sunnie! Glad to have you here! We hope you stick around! 🙂

  • Kalli Fuentes
    Reply

    I want to try them all! Haha. But I’m a huge fan of garlic, so I’d have to say I’m most excited for the Garlic Summer Sausage. Yum!!! I’m in need of some easy high protein snacks, so I’m thrilled about this!!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome Kalli! Best of luck! The garlic is VERY tasty!

  • Megan Ray
    Reply

    Yum! Jalapeno sounds so yummy!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! It’s my fave! 🙂

  • Lisa McKean
    Reply

    I would love to try all of them 😍

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome Lisa! If you’re the lucky winner, you’ll get to! 🙂

  • Vava
    Reply

    These look yummy!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! They are indeed, Vava!

  • Mickey Louth
    Reply

    I want to try the summer sausage one! Love summer sausage. I will need to read up on how to ferment beef products? Never heard of that. 🙂

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Yes! It’s a fantastic way of preserving foods naturally (without icky additives), I hadn’t thought of it either! Amazing, right?

  • Sarah
    Reply

    Can’t win to try them!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Sarah…hopefully you mean “can’t wait!” 😉

  • Sharon B
    Reply

    The beef sticks sound fabulous! I think that I’d enjoy the Garlic ones the best; can’t go wrong with garlic!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Precisely Sharon! You can’t go wrong with garlic! 😉

  • Rae
    Reply

    The Jalapeno one looks awesome! Nothing like a little heat for the cold weather!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Exactly Rae! It’s my favorite! Not too hot, but just spicy enough to keep you coming back for more!

  • Kelly
    Reply

    Would love to try the spicy garlic!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome Kelly! We don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

  • Haley
    Reply

    I can’t wait to try original flavor!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Great Haley! The original really has a great flavor!

  • Joy Clapsadle
    Reply

    Can’t wait to try the garlic summer sausage!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s so good Joy! 🙂

  • Teri
    Reply

    I’m hiking the PCT this year, and these look like the perfect snack to bring along. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Jason Steffen
      Jason Steffen
      Reply

      Teri! Sounds like a great trip! These beef sticks have become to one of our favorite hiking snacks (we spend a lot of time in the mountains!). Throw in an apple and some cheese and it’s lunch while you make good time!

  • Laurin
    Reply

    So excited to try some of these snacks!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Great Laurin! Best of luck!

  • Rachael
    Reply

    They sound yummy and I’d be interested in trying the garlic summer sausage, jalapeno. Love jerkey. Best of luck to everyone.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Those are my two faves Rachael! We <3 jerky, too!

  • Emilie
    Reply

    I love finding new options for snacks on the go!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Us too Emilie! These are our new favorite treat! We just love that they’re fermented and filled with only the best ingredients!

  • Kelly
    Reply

    I love beef sticks. We grew up in Africa where we had “biltong” and “boerewors” all the time. I hope I win!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      Awesome Kelly! Best of luck to you!

    • Amanda
      Reply

      I’m excited to for the giveaway. Thanks for offering this.

      • Kelsey Steffen
        Kelsey Steffen
        Reply

        Great! Best of luck Amanda! We’re so thankful to Paleovalley for offering this amazing giveaway!

  • Raia Todd
    Reply

    Garlic Summer Sausage sounds amazing! I don’t think I’d be able to share these… Haha!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      I know! And yes, the garlic summer sausage is one of my faves! They definitely get guarded closely at our house!!

  • Brett Spore
    Reply

    Original is the one we most want to try.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      It’s REALLY good! Then again…ALL the flavors are good! 🙂

  • Mia White
    Reply

    So rad! I’m with Kelsey and most excited about anything with a kick– jalapeño OR garlic! Nom nom nom.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
      Reply

      YES! The Jalapeno is rockin’! It’s spicy, but not so spicy the kiddos couldn’t eat it. I could have taken more heat…but loved it all the same! 😉

  • Tammy
    Reply

    Can’t wait to try them! Sound delicious!

    • Jason Steffen
      Jason Steffen
      Reply

      They are seriously yummy! Mom, Dad and all four kids devoured ours!

  • Stephanie
    Reply

    Oh yum! I’m anxious to try these and my little carnivores will love them!

    • Jason Steffen
      Jason Steffen
      Reply

      Yes! So great to have a product giveaway that we love so much!

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