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High Protein Snacks for Kids: Healthy, Tasty, and Fun Ideas from The Jerky Co

As parents, finding the right snacks for our kids can be a tricky exercise. From allergies to picky eaters, it can be a task striking the balance between something quick and easy, yet nutritious enough to keep them bouncing through their day. Wanting to introduce more protein into your child’s diet, but not knowing where to start? We are here to help.

Why protein is a power player in your child's diet

Protein isn't just for bodybuilders! It plays a critical role in children's growth and development. This mighty macronutrient helps build and repair tissues, supports a healthy immune system, and acts as a building block for healthy bones and muscles.

Plus, it provides energy that helps keep your little ones active and alert throughout the day. With so much on their plates—from school to sports—incorporating high protein snacks for kids into your children's diet ensures they have the necessary fuel to thrive.

The challenge: kid-friendly, parent-approved snacking

Every parent knows the struggle: how do you pick snacks that tick all the boxes—healthy, delicious, and kid-approved? 

The Jerky Co’s range of air-dried meat products offers the perfect solution. Our snacks are not only high in protein but also low in sugar, free of unnecessary additives, and sourced from top-grade MSA Aussie beef. This makes them an ideal choice for parents who value both health, quality and shopping local. 

What do you offer at the Jerky Co for kids?

Technically, all of our air-dried meats are kid-friendly – however you might want to avoid our spicier options such as Chilli or Extra Hot. It really comes down to your child’s taste preferences. 

At The Jerky Co, our speciality lies in crafting high-quality air-dried meats, and we proudly offer the following:

  • Beef Jerky: Lean cuts of beef, seasoned with select spices and slowly air-dried to perfection.
  • Biltong: Thicker dried slices of beef, with a meatier chew, offering a tender, flavourful bite.
  • Droewors: Savoury dried sausages that make the perfect chewy treat for little hands.

All of our air dried meat snacks are completely free from artificial colours and flavours, ensuring you're giving your kids the best.

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What are some fun ways to sneak more protein into your child's diet?

Choosing protein-rich foods and getting creative with how you serve them can make all the difference in how well they're received. Here are some fun ideas to get you inspired:

  • Trail Mix Twist: Toss some diced biltong or jerky with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a hearty trail mix. Check out our recipe here.
  • Wrap 'n' Roll: Add strips of jerky or droewors in a wrap with lettuce, cheese, and a dash of sauce for a tasty lunchbox filler.
  • Cheesy Jerky Sticks: Insert a skewer through a cube of cheese topped with a piece of biltong (and repeat!) for a fun, interactive snack.
  • Biltong Veggie Dip: Mix finely chopped biltong into a bowl of hummus or cream cheese. Serve with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and sliced capsicum for dipping. This is a great way to encourage kids to eat their veggies with an added protein boost.

Tailoring our snacks to younger kids

While our dried meat snacks are made with care, it's essential to consider age appropriateness and potential allergies. For younger snackers, ensure the pieces are small enough to avoid choking hazards, and always supervise their snack time. Simple flavours with no heat are a great starting point – check out our Traditional and Sweet BBQ flavours.

Quick, easy and delicious!

For parents, convenience is key. Not only are our jerky, biltong, and droewors easy to store and transport, but they're also mess-free. This makes them an excellent addition to any lunchbox or as a go-to snack after school. They require no preparation, which saves time and energy—something all parents can appreciate!

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Get your hands on our air dried meat snacks now

By choosing high protein snacks for kids from The Jerky Co, you're not just filling lunch boxes; you're providing nutritious, flavourful snacks that support your child's growth and keep them satisfied between meals. It's about making snack time a little less stressful and a lot more delicious.

With The Jerky Co's range of tasty options, it's never been easier to get the little ones excited about snack time. You can shop our full range online, or check us out in person at one of our 21 locations!
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