Starting August 31st, this will be the first time in my life as a mom that I’ll be packing a lunch for school every day. We have 1/2 day kindergarten in our town, so I’ve never had to pack a snack or a lunch before, this will be the first time ever… and truthfully, I’m really excited. I kind of feel like I’m an actual school mom now… it’s very cool!
When it comes to packing a lunch for school, I have to be honest… I’m a little lost. William is not (at all) an easy eater. He’s extremely picky when it comes to foods that he likes and foods that he’ll eat, so I’m worried (very much) about lunchtime and snack time for him for Back-to-School time. I want him to be eating healthy. Throughout the summer, he’s been at swimming camp and tennis practice and over his friends’ houses, I haven’t had much control over what he’s been putting in his body. It’s been tough to kind of “let go” this summer, especially since our pool club has a snack bar, and we’ve utilized it way too much this summer.
It’s not time to get back on track, and Mott’s is going to help me! You know I’m all about the fashion when it comes to this Back-to-School time, so Mott’s is going to help me make snack time fashionable, too! What I love about Mott’s is that they are a mom’s partner for Back-to-School, ensuring that kids get the real fruit and veggie goodness they love, every day. Mott’s wants to make sure moms everywhere are paying attention to the fashionable trend of snacking healthy… because there are trends, and it’s important for moms to know them.
Back to school with Mott’s nutritionist Lisa Salinas, PhD, RD has some fabulous and helpful tips for moms when it comes to Back-to-School lunching and snacking. I think these tips are important, essential to incorporate into the mornings and afternoons and extremely doable for a busy mom to do (always refreshing to see that!):
· Decide what to pack: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend making half your plate fruits and vegetables. Giving your kids Mott’s juices and sauces is a great way to boost their fruit and vegetable intake at lunchtime!
· Help kids achieve their potential: Good nutrition is a big part of academic success. The best way to give your children the fuel and nutrition they need is to give them a variety of foods, especially high-fiber and nutrient-rich whole grains, fruits and low-fat dairy products.
· It’s fun to eat healthy: Let the children help pack their own lunches and prepare their own snacks – getting them involved gives them a sense of responsibility and keeps them interested in what they’ll be eating later on in the day! One fun activity is make-your-own trail mix. This can be done on over a weekend and can be used as a snack for weeks!
· Let them snack: There’s no best time for snacking. Snacks are important for fueling children for their various activities and/or until their next meal. They should mainly be driven by hunger or the need for energy for physical activity.
Lisa also suggested some great ideas for lunch and after school snacking that I have already began to incorporate into our last days of summer at the pool club…
Ideas for the Lunchbox:
· Tuna salad (made with celery) on pita bread and low-fat yogurt (William actually LOVES tuna, but I’ve never tried to toss in celery!)
· Turkey sandwich with low-fat Swiss cheese on fiber-rich bread, baby carrots and Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches
· Whole grain roll or bagel with butter or margarine, 2 hard-boiled eggs, bell pepper sticks and a Mott’s apple juice box
· Once in a while, pack 1-2 slices of leftover thin-crust pizza, then include Mott’s Medley’s sauce in the lunch box to get some fruits and veggies in there too!
After-School Snack Ideas:
· A bag of baby carrots and celery sticks with hummus
· Mott’s applesauce and a low-fat cheese stick
· Low-sodium pretzels and low-fat yogurt
· Mott’s Medleys Snack and trail mix (Have them make the trail mix themselves for a fun activity that gets them involved in their nutrition!)
My husband and I are embarking on such a new stage in our life with our oldest guy, so it’s just wonderful to be able to have suggestions and ideas and tips as to how to make lunch and snack time easier and work for us and our sons. I don’t want any of my sons to get caught up in bad eating habits, so I love how Mott’s is taking the lead in helping me create healthy, good and nutritious meals for my guys. Mott’s provides snacking options that not only look good, but are good for you too!
Not to mention, Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches and Mott’s Medleys Snack are two new delicious and nutritious lunchbox or after-school snack options… I love that they’re super convenient!
My sons had a taste of Mott’s this past weekend at Style School… I think it’s safe to say they loved what they were tasting!
Aww… my guys!