#1 The Hard-Boiled Egg

They’re called the perfect package of fat and protein for a reason. With only 120 calories and nearly 25% of the recommended daily value of protein in two eggs, plus one hen will lay more than 7 times her weight in eggs in only one year, eggs are a wonderfully sustainable form of protein. They should be a staple in your diet for good reason.

But before we even boil the water, start with eggs raised with humane hen care in mind. Make sure the carton you grab has these seals:

When choosing eggs that meet these requirements, you're supporting farming that requires giving hens access to fresh air, sunshine and organic pasture: an outdoor space that is free of toxic pesticides, herbicides or GMO plants. Learn more about Free to Forage here.

The only problem I ever had with these protein-packed snacks is they can be a real pain to peel. Rejoice! Here’s how to make them perfectly:

If you don’t have time to boil your own or are looking for an easy option while out and about, check out Organic Valley’s convenient pack of two Good to Go Hard-Boiled Eggs.

#2 Organic Meat Snacks

If your initial reaction to jerkies and sticks is “unhealthy meat that's loaded with preservatives and salt,” you’re not wrong. Plenty of the meat snacks you find in grocery stores are full of artificial flavorings, nitrites and nitrates, and contain mystery meat of unknown origin from unknown parts of the animal.

On the other hand, when your meat snacks are organic, they become a seriously powerful force of protein, energy and healthy fats without all those other worries.

Organic meat has higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which can support overall health and are linked to reducing the body’s inflammatory response.

Organic Valley's animals are raised with humane animal care practices that go beyond the National Organic Standard. Check out this story about our Million-Acre Stewards and what life is like for our farmer-owners who care for their cows on millions of acres in the Australian Outback!

Check out Organic Valley's delicious, organic, grass-fed meat snacks.

A collage of four images. Three show cows grazing in open Australia pastures, and one shows a woman standing in the sand in front of a herd of cows.

Being from Wisconsin, I’ve been raised as a bit of a jerky snob, with our local meat markets and smokehouses that create delicious, handcrafted meat snacks. Mighty Organic stays true to this tradition, with each batch hand-crafted in our neighboring state of Minnesota. I can taste the time they spent crafting recipes and exploring new taste combinations.

If you have a little time to prep before your next adventure, check out this snack hack that uses everyone’s favorite Mason jars and trail mix fixin’s. Keep a small container on hand for a quick refueling in the middle of the day.

#3 Cheese

Cheese, which is naturally low in carbs, is a well-balanced snack that complies with many diets, including keto, and the protein and fats satisfy those afternoon hunger cravings. Since Organic Valley’s cows spend plenty of time out on pasture eating their natural diet of varied pasture grasses, the cheese has plenty of omega-3 from grass-fed milk, especially the 100% grass-fed cheese!

Speaking of pasture-raised dairy, why is it such a game-changer? Well, it’s more of a switch to the way things used to be. For starters, rather than trucking feed and racking up food miles, cows use their own energy to wander the fields and harvest their food. They then “distribute” their manure naturally, where it dries into patties and fertilizes the soil while emitting less methane or other greenhouse gases.

Pasture isn’t only better for cows, it’s better for bugs too! The variety of plants increases biodiversity, which encourages a healthier local community of insects and pollinators.

A great pasture-raised snack, Organic Valley Stringles® not only trigger flashbacks of school lunches and field trips, but they are also a low-calorie option that’s high in protein and easy to eat on the run. Check out the video above for a snack hack that includes string cheese, some crunchy celery, and Organic Valley beef sticks.

Snack consciously! There are so many good options for snacks that will satisfy your cravings while also taking care of the earth.

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