When considering protein-rich snacks, beef jerky is the perfect protein-packed snack that will keep you going.

When the weather is cold and days are shorter, people tend to spend more time indoors. And more indoor time often times means more snacks!

And while eating certain snacks can result in weight gain and other unhealthy outcomes, choosing the right snacks can actually help people feel more satisfied and help them meet their nutrition needs.

The key is to choose nutrient-dense foods during snack time. So, instead of noshing on potato chips, gummy candy, and other unhealthy choices, choose protein-rich snacks for satisfying stick-to-your-ribs staying power.

Why protein?

Protein foods have been shown to help support weight loss goals, help promote satiety and help people eat less over the long run.

When considering protein-rich snacks, beef jerky is the perfect protein-packed snack that will keep you going. You can snag a bag of pre-made jerky at your local grocery store, but the varieties available may be packed with sodium, preservatives, and other ingredients that you likely don’t want to have in your body.

Making your own beef jerky is easier than many people realize. Here is a simple recipe for you to give homemade jerky a whirl:

Homemade Beef Jerky (serves 8)


  • One 2-pound Greensbury Market Organic Grass-fed Chuck Roast, fat trimmed
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon unseasoned meat tenderizer
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic


  1. Preheat oven to 175° F.
  2. Slice the meat 1/4 inch thick with the grain.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, meat tenderizer, black pepper, onion powder, and minced garlic.
  4. Combine the meat and the marinade in a storage bag and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours.
  5. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil, and place a wire rack over each sheet.
  6. Arrange the meat on the wire racks in a single layer with no overlapping. Bake for 3-4 hours, or until meat is dry. **While meat is cooking, rotate to ensure even cooking.
  7. Once cooled, enjoy!

****Jerky can be stored in airtight container for one week.


Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian based in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in human nutrition and is passionate about helping people achieve their nutrition goals. She currently acts as a consultant, food blogger, and freelance writer for outlets including Eating Well and POPSUGAR. When Lauren isn't working, she is enjoying the outdoor life with her daughter, husband, and rescue-pup.