August is upon us, and thus many of our kids are headed back to the daily grind of school. Suddenly, once peaceful mornings are full of bustle, rushing around tying shoes, packing backpacks, and making sure that everyone has their homework together. This is a busy time for any parent and deciding what to pack for snacks and lunches can be an added stressor that most find frustrating. You want something light and portable, but full of vitamins and nutrients to keep your child going all day. Luckily, we have the perfect solution for you. Here are five reasons why our jerky is the perfect snack for going back to school.

Health Benefits of Jerky as a Snack

Now, there is much debate surrounding whether or not jerky of any kind is a healthy snack. Some say it’s full of preservatives and sodium, while others say it’s a great source of protein. We’re of the mindset that jerky is a perfect way to pack important vitamins into a busy day.

Jerky is a tasty, low-carb protein delivery device, packed full of healthy nutrients like iron, zinc, and magnesium. Just one serving of our handcrafted jerky can have up to 16 grams of protein that can keep you satisfied for hours. Keeping your diet protein-rich can provide you with a myriad of health benefits, including increased metabolism, reduced hunger, increased muscle mass, and building good bones and teeth. This is especially beneficial if your child participates in extracurricular sports or activities since it can be hard to remain energized without protein.

 In addition to the vitamin benefits that jerky can give you, our all-natural jerky is low in preservatives and sugars that typically worry parents. This keeps your snacking entirely guilt-free and makes it a great option for your child’s lunchbox.

Allergy-Friendly Snack

With so many different people in a classroom, it can be hard to make sure that the snacks that your child brings won’t activate the allergies of other children. Oftentimes, classrooms are labeled as “nut-free” or “gluten-free” to ensure that other students with certain food sensitivities will not be disturbed at snack time. This can severely limit the options at lunch, and many parents can become at a loss for food variety. Though snacks like crackers, goldfish, and hard-boiled eggs make lovely choices, we had another thought in mind. Our jerky is 100% gluten-free and nut-free to allow as many people as possible to enjoy our product.* We make it a priority to ensure the safety and enjoyment of you and your child when it comes time to decide on a snack.

*Crockett Creek Homestyle Jerky does include soy.

Jerky Lasts Awhile…

We all know how easy it is to get lost in the seemingly unending depths of a backpack. It’s surprising how often you reach down in there in search of a pencil, only to come out with an old lollipop covered in bits and pieces, or the report card that your child didn’t want you to see.

Jerky is known for being a tough snack that can survive even the roughest of conditions. Hikers trek it through the mountains and vacationers take it on long car rides and to family barbeques. It only makes sense that jerky would be able to survive in a backpack for at least a few days, just in case it gets lost in the fray of a hectic school day.

The typical shelf life of an unopened package of jerky is about a year from the manufacturing date. Opened, craft jerky will last in a dark pantry or cabinet about a week but will last a few weeks in a refrigerator. Though we hope that our jerky will be consumed fairly soon after purchase because, of course, as with anything, the sooner you eat it after opening the better, we’re realistic and know that it’s not always that simple. Crockett Creek jerky is made to be enjoyed at any time, at any place, and will survive even the longest school days.

A Variety of Snacking Options

Snacks make up an incredibly important part of your child’s diet. They even out spikes in hunger as well as keeping your younger children from getting cranky as the day progresses. Snacking also helps people from overeating at meals, and for pickier children, it helps ensure that they’re getting the proper nutrients.

There are many different ways to incorporate jerky into snacks or lunches. Though it’s great on its own, jerky pairs well with a variety of foods. For instance, jerky and many different types of cheeses go well with one another, which can be a perfect way to provide your child with much-needed protein and calcium during the day. Another great combination is celery or carrots with beef jerky. Not only does it add a proper serving of vegetables into a daily diet, but it also closely mimics the much-loved pair of hot wings and celery.

A Large Selection

Most kids tend to be pretty picky with what they like to eat during a school day. It can be hard to find a healthy snack that children (or parents) of any age will want to consume. That’s why our large selection of jerkies, from beef, to buffalo, to venison, to elk come in a variety of flavors that will be pleasing to every member of your family.

Fan of the classics? Our Original Beef Jerky that started it all is the perfect blend of salty, sweet, and smokey to remind you of good old southern cooking, and will be a fan favorite with your kids and their friends. If you’re looking for a less beefy option,                our original flavor combination coats our venison, elk, and buffalo jerkies as well.

Looking for something a little spicier? Whether you’re wanting to expand your child’s pallet or just looking to have a package all to yourself, our spicier flavors like Fire, Blazin’ Cajun, and Bayou Boil will be sure to pack a punch to wake up your tastebuds. Each spice variety is different, so you’ll be sure to have a unique experience with every bag.

There’s a little bit for everyone at Crockett Creek, which is why we believe that our product is one of the best companions for all of your educational adventures.

Choose Crockett Creek

Crockett Creek Jerky is here for all of your back-to-school snacking needs. We realize that you and your child need a perfectly portable, protein-packed morsel to enjoy while on the go. Whether you’re packing a lunch or looking for a quick snack before baseball practice, our wide selection of all-natural, handcrafted jerky will provide your activities with much-needed energy and flavor. If you’re interested in what Crockett Creek has to offer, visit our website to order online, or give us a call at (865) 546-7702.