This post has been sponsored by Jack Link’s in partnership with Ahalogy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mornings are never my thing so when I have to pack lunches in the morning I like things to be quick and simple. Since school time is right around the corner I’m excited to share with you a lunch time hack for moms and dads like me. Today’s post also includes an apple craft that goes along with our yummy lunchtime idea, and you can grab a set of free printable lunch notes to stick into lunch boxes to make your kiddo feel apple-solutely special while they are at school.
Red apples are such a classic school time theme (maybe because A is for Apple or because school traditionally started in fall…) Since my kids always love surprises during lunch time I thought we would turn beef jerky into an apple tree (thanks to Jack Link’s it’s the tastiest tree trunk ever!) I took my kids to Smiths (a Kroger brand store–find one here near you) to find the items needed for our menu including crackers and grapes to make a well balanced apple tree lunch. You may have never thought of sticking beef jerky in a lunchbox, bag, or backpack but here is a list of awesome reasons why you should.
Jack Link’s beef jerky is perfect to ” hack the hangry” during school time:
- Beef jerky wont get mushy in a lunchbox and is sure to disappear when discovered because everyone likes beef jerky!
- Provides a great source of protein so kids can concentrate on school instead of complain about an empty stomach.
- Beef jerky wont spoil because it doesn’t need to be kept cold.
- Kids will return to class without sticky fingers because beef jerky is not sticky.
- Fast and easy to pack up–literally place in bag and your done!
I’m excited that Jack Link’s will be on sale for $3.99 (September 11 – October 8) so I can stock up for the school time and even put some in my husband’s lunch bag too. Once you pick some up I have a fun idea on how to dress it up…keep reading because it’s coming up next!
Apple Tree Lunch with Jacks Link’s
2 plastic bags
Jack Link’s Jerky
Fill the bottom of a bag with beef jerky to make the tree trunk and fold any excess parts of the bag and secure it with tape.
Fill a bag with grapes to make the leaves of the tree.
Close the bags and gather the tops together and secure them with a bread tag.
Separate the bags with the tree trunk at the bottom and the leaves at the top.
Cut out the apple lunch notes (available to download for free at the end of this post) and tape it to the apple tree for an extra special touch!
Apple Tree Craft
Green, red, and brown paper
Cut a green cloud shape for the leaves of the tree. Cut a brown rectangle for the tree trunk. Cut an apple out of the red paper (I used an apple paper punch). Use tape to assemble all the pieces and tape on top of the apple tree snack.
Free Printable: Apple Lunch Notes
Graphics by Pixel Paper Prints
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