I partnered with Tree Top for this sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
Fall is here again which means a few things are certain. There is school busyness, pumpkin spice everything has arrived, and football season has started. I can't help with your pumpkin spice problem right now, but what I can do is help take away your lunch stress and mix it with some football fun. With this lunch I love all the Fall colors on the tree sandwich, and the great thing is I know that my kids will devour the Tree Top Apple Sauce. The football is a no bake oatmeal energy snack so it will help your children get through their school day! Find out how to make this lunch using the recipe below.
I have always been a big fan of Tree Top Honeycrisp Apple Juice. When I say I have been a big fan what I really mean is that I have literally hid it from the kids so that I didn't have to share it with them. I may or may not have done the same thing when it comes to sharing it with my wife. It is seriously that good. We recently just discovered their apple sauce pouches! They are great for school lunches, after school snacks, and sporting events, because they require no spoon, are mess-free and delicious. Tree Top pouches are a great way to get some pure fruit into your kid's day with no added sugar or artificial flavoring!
Ingredients: Tree Top Apple Sauce, slice of whole wheat bread, slice of cheddar cheese, slice of white cheese, slice of meat, 3-4 strawberries cut in half, snap peas (or another green vegetable), 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup nut-free spread, 1/4 cup honey, white icing.
1. Cut bread into two narrow pieces for tree trunk. Stack on on top of the other. Place slice of meat between the pieces of bread and put sandwich in main compartment of lunchbox. Spread strawberry slices around it for the branches.
2. Use leaf shaped vegetable cutters to make orange and white cheese leaves. Place them on top of the bread and strawberries to fill out the tree with awesome Fall colors. Place snap peas or other green veggies next to the tree trunk.
3. Put Tree Top Apple Sauce in one side compartment. In second side compartment place a handful of dried cranberries.
4. For the no-bake oatmeal energy bars mix 1/4 cup dried cranberries, oatmeal, nut-free spread, and honey in a bowl. Make into round balls and place on wax paper. Put wax paper in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Take out and make round balls into football shape and put back on wax paper. Use a very small amount of white icing to draw the laces on top of each football. Put into the freezer until ready to use. Put one football on top of the dried cranberries right before your child leaves for school.