Your taste buds love you, but your thighs think you’re a dumbass (no offense to your actual ass). Show ’em who’s boss with healthy, additive-free snacks from the Jerky Queen.
After being captivated by a dehydrator infomercial in ’99, Chicagoan Aimee Goudas started making jerky. She spent the next decade experimenting with flavors and textures, dehydrating everything from raspberries to salmon. Co-workers begged her to share, and a business was born.
The mostly organic, preservative-free snacks come in a variety of inventive flavors: Lean cuts of grass-fed beef are marinated in homemade blends (Bloody Mary, garlic teriyaki); butternut squash and zucchini chips (original or lightly salted) offer a crisp, vibrant alternative to greasy potato; banana, apple, and strawberry satisfy your sweet tooth.
They’re to dry for.
Photo: Candy Caldwell / Courtesy of Jerky Queen