As a mother of three kids I can tell you that I get a constant stream of requests all day long, but there’s one question I get more frequently than any other –
“Can I have something to eat?”
Since I have three kids, this question seems to echo through my halls during all their waking hours. Of course, being at home isn’t the only time the kids get hungry. In fact, sometimes I think just venturing outside seems to stimulate their appetites.
Parents will tell you that on road trips kids will ask, “Are we there yet?” over and over again, but the question that my kids always follow up with is, “Did you bring snacks, Mom?”
Sometimes I’m on the ball too. I’ve packed a healthy selection of organic fruits, sliced and ready to eat.
Sometimes I remember to pack some crackers that I’ll probably find later under the seats, on the floors, and that may have spoiled their appetite for the next meal.
Sometimes I’ll give them some fruit snacks or other item I’ll soon regret after a brief sugar high followed by a crash with some unsatisfied requests for more food.
It can be hard to find the right kind of snack, especially when you’re on the go. Especially in between meals, if it’s not something healthy like fruits, I often look for something packed with protein to carry us through until meal time.
But what’s a Mom to do? What makes a good protein-packed portable snack?
I tried a few options:
First I pondered, “Should I serve drive-by beef stew while the kids are out on their scooters?”
After a few failed attempts, I can assure you that a beef stew snack is not portable, convenient, or something you should try to feed your kids while they’re out riding scooters around the neighborhood. What a mess! Plus, you should have seen the looks I got from the neighbors!
“What about some chicken?” I thought next. My kids love chicken, but how portable is it?
If the beef stew was like a drive-by, I’d say this was more like a fly-by with the chicken on the swings.
Just for kicks, we tried chicken on the slide too.
I can’t say I recommend that one either.
Remember when I mentioned the sudden hunger that envelops my kids as soon as we hit the road?
I thought I might try some turkey-to-go, and see how that would work out.
Wait a minute! My turkey meatballs are always a hit! What are those faces for?
You know it’s bad when the messiest eater in the bunch doesn’t want to try it.
And I thought crackers made a mess!
Thankfully, I’ve recently discovered a tasty, super portable and protein-packed snack that my kids and I love – Jack Link’s Chicken & Turkey Jerky!
You probably already know of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky – and who doesn’t love their Messin’ with Sasquatch commercials – but they now have both a chicken jerky and turkey jerky that’s delicious and so much easier to eat when we’re on the go (and come on, what family isn’t always on the go these days)!
Look how much better these scenarios I tried were when I gave the kids Jack Link’s jerky rather than those non-portable proteins:
So take it from me, next time you need a delicious snack, that’s high in protein and easy to grab on-the-go, try Jack Link’s new Turkey and Chicken Jerky!
This has been a sponsored post where I received product or compensation in exchange for a post, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. No Sasquatches were harmed in the making of this post, but I can’t say that the floor mats in my car were as lucky thanks to the turkey meatballs and sauce.