The Original Keto Eaters
Forget cavemen! The original keto eaters were Vikings. Years at sea with only fish and air-dried meat to eat. Northern homelands with short growing periods made meat, the keto diet staple, at the heart of every Vikings diet.
Today, you can still get real Viking food, from real Vikings. Feed the Viking is based in Reykjavik, Iceland, where the Vikings settled over a thousand years ago. We at Feed the Viking make pure foods from naturally raised meats, like Lamb, Beef and Fish. Everything is made with low amount of natural sugar and preservatives or without any added ingredients, like the Fish Jerky. Everything is made as close to the way our Viking ancestors made food as possible.
Below, we’ll look at the keto diet and the Viking Superfoods that can be a staple of good fitness and weight-loss plan. We even have a recipe for you.
The Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet, or the keto diet, is a very low carb, high-fat, high-protein diet that’s working for millions of people. It’s based on eating lots of meats and cutting vegetables to a minimum and eliminating grains and carbohydrates.
There is sound medical science behind the keto diet.
According to WebMD:
“People use a ketogenic diet most often to lose weight, but it can help manage certain medical conditions, like epilepsy, too. It also may help people with heart disease, certain brain diseases, and even acne, but there needs to be more research in those areas.”
Following a ketogenic diet is difficult in the modern world. Carbohydrates, or carbs, are cheap. If you eat in a restaurant, they’ll try to fill you up on carbs. That’s why the bun’s so big on those tiny burgers at the fast-food place.
The Keto Snack
Keto snacks can be tough to find. After all, most snacks are made from grains, and even most Jerky types, which should be just meat, are covered in sugar in many forms.
We at Feed the Viking make three types of hand-crafted jerky: Beef, Lamb, and Fish (Cod).
Icelandic Atlantic Cod Jerky
Even today, the waters around Iceland are among the world’s purest. Cod are caught off the coast of our great island and brought to us fresh. We process the fish quickly, drying it and making it without preservatives or sugars. It’s absolutely pure and simple.Dried fish was a staple of the Viking diet. It keeps well, and it’s easy to find fish when you live on an island in the middle of some of the world’s greatest fisheries.
An outstanding source of Omega-3 fatty acids and nearly pure protein, Fish Jerky is one of the world’s best snacks, even if you’re not on a keto diet. The locals have a tip for you and that's dipping the Fish Jerky in some soft butter. Then you get the taste of butter and also some fat with the high protein levels per bite... give it a try if your feeling wild.
Icelandic Lamb Jerky
The Vikings brought sheep to Iceland in 874 AD. Since there was no refrigeration, and it needed to be easy to eat, the Vikings used to air-dry their meat.
Today, Lamb is a staple of diets in northern Europe, including Iceland. The Lambs roam free in our highlands all summer long, eating grass and seaweed and drinking the worlds cleanest water. We at Feed the Viking partnered up with Iceland's largest meat processors to make our meat Jerky, located in Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. We spent over a year to perfect our recipe and use the fat-free muscles of the leg, processes them on-site, add very few ingredients, and air-dry it. We put on our exclusive sea-salt and spice blend and a little natural sugar and preservatives made from Rosemary Extracts to keep it fresh.
Our Lamb Jerky recipe is inspired by our grandmothers Sunday roast, it's delicious and very low carb. An entire 50-gram (1.8 oz) bag has just 3 grams of carbs.
Icelandic Beef Jerky
Cattle have been on Iceland for a thousand years. They, along with the sheep, can often be seen roaming the hillsides of this volcanic country, eating the grasses, and staying lean. The air, water, and soil in Iceland are pristine so everything that grows here is pristine too (yes, that includes the team at Feed the Viking). We only use grass-fed beef without antibiotics, growth hormones, or any other impurities and from small family-run farms.
We put our special blend of flavors on it and turn it into the most perfect Jerky in the world (by our opinion at least). With less than 4 grams of carbs per 50 g bag, it’s a great addition to any keto or Atkins diet. It’s tasty and travels well.
The Viking in the Minivan
These days, not even the Vikings of Iceland travel around in boats with dragonheads. In fact, most of them just drive cars.
That’s another place where our Jerky is a Viking Superfood because it’s the perfect road snack. It keeps for days, isn’t sticky, and doesn’t have a bunch of sugar that will get the kids all wound up.
Jerky is the ideal snack for every occasion:
- Road trips
- Afternoon work snacks
- School lunch boxes
- Snack platter for parties
- Even in a sandwich with eggs as the bread! Genius!
It’s not hard to be a healthy Viking when you eat like a Viking.
Cooking with jerky
Most people don’t think of it, but Jerky is great to cook with. If you look for any recipe that uses dried meat, you can include Jerky.
For example, chop up some keto-friendly vegetables and saute in butter until lightly browned. Add Fish Jerky, coarsely chopped, and stir until heated. You’re ready to eat.
Here’s a great recipe for you
Keto-Friendly Cod Jerky quiche
50 g Feed the Viking Fish Jerky, finely chopped
2 cups milk
1⁄2 cup almond flour
1⁄3 cup dill relish
1 1⁄2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Swiss)
1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
- Chop the Jerky.
- In blender combine eggs, milk, flour, and salt. Blend until smooth. Add water if needed.
- Pour into a greased deep 10" pie plate.
- Sprinkle the Jerky, relish, cheeses, and onion on top, pressing in lightly to coat cheese with egg mixture.
- Bake @ 400F for 25-35 minutes until set and golden.
- Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
If you’re not on a keto diet, you can use Jerky in other places, like curried rice with dried beef and more.
You can even add Jerky to stews. Its heavy texture stands up to cooking, giving your stew a toothsomeness.
Feed the Viking in You!