Eating is one of those things that just makes me happy. I love sitting down to a good meal that someone has worked hard to prepare. Although usually, I'm the family's chef, I can still appreciate my own efforts. I also love a good snack. Something that hits the right spot no matter what else is going on.

You may (or may not) know about my other snack related article 12 Salty Snacks College Girls Need For When It Feels Like The Dining Hall Is 20 Miles Away. After that was published, I got an amazing message from a woman on Facebook. She told me she saw my article and said she works on behalf of several major food brands, including Jack Link's. I was then asked if I would like to sample some free products and write another article about them. This is the awesome package I got sent to me in the mail.

Photo by Robin Reynolds

There was the Traditional Jerky, Teriyaki Jerky, and 2 Original Beef Sticks. Being a nice person, I shared with my family. Here's what we learned about Jack Link's.

You Can Share It With Your Friends

Sharing a snack with a friend (or family member) is a great way to connect. Food brings people together and even a snack can put a smile on someone's face.

It Is A Healthier Option Than Sugary Sweets

Not eating a ton of sugar and replacing, say a piece of cake, with some Jerky is a great way to avoid the sweets and get some protein in your system. I loved the Teriyaki Jerky for exactly this reason. It was sweeter than the Traditional Jerky, but still not a sugar-filled snack.

It Is A Healthier Option Than Sugary Sweets

Not eating a ton of sugar and replacing, say a piece of cake, with some Jerky is a great way to avoid the sweets and get some protein in your system. I loved the Teriyaki Jerky for exactly this reason. It was sweeter than the Traditional Jerky, but still not a sugar-filled snack.

The Beef Sticks Are To Die For

My daughter isn't a huge jerky fan. She'll eat it, but it doesn't satisfy her snack cravings in the way it does some people, namely me. She did gravitate to the Beef Sticks though. I tried one, then let her have the rest of it. The very next day she begged for the other one. They were so good! I totally get why choosing one would be a great idea.

You Can Eat It Almost Anywhere

Jerky is a super portable snack. You can pop a bag in your backpack or purse and eat it whenever the mood strikes, or you realize you have forgotten your lunch money. I won't even tell if you start snacking in class, but you better share!

The Beef Sticks Are To Die For

My daughter isn't a huge jerky fan. She'll eat it, but it doesn't satisfy her snack cravings in the way it does some people, namely me. She did gravitate to the Beef Sticks though. I tried one, then let her have the rest of it. The very next day she begged for the other one. They were so good! I totally get why choosing one would be a great idea.

The bottom line is we loved these products and you should too. The next time something isn't going your way, grab some Jack Link's and I'm sure a smile will appear on your face sooner than you think.

Note: I received free samples for this review, and I was not compensated for reviewing these products. Any opinions stated herein are my own.