November 13, 2014

As moms, we have a thousand things on their to-do lists, a constant string of decisions that shape our little ones’ lives – and we have to make all of these decisions with the judgment of all other perfect moms around us. Sometimes we are looking for confirmation that every decision we wrestled over not only was the right decision, but that it mattered – and that’s where Mott’s comes in, because they give us little victories that can make a big difference in the future of our kids.

We just need to remind ourselves that it is a no-brainer to give to our kids. Among all the hard decisions we have to make, giving our children Mott’s is the some simple, little, easy one we can make and fit into our lives that will teach our kids healthy habits. Mott’s gives parents these easy, healthy, no-brainer wins so they we can move on to the next healthy habits for our kids to start strong.

Luckily, there really are several ways to make our kids eat Mott’s a little easier. Below are my five favorite lunch shortcuts.

1. Mott’s® Snack & Go — This is the ultimate lunch shortcut! These easy to grab applesauce pouches come in a variety of flavors including my kids’ favorites, Mott’s® Snack & Go Natural and Mott’s® Snack & Go Strawberry which have no added sugar and are an excellent source of vitamin C. Seriously, we take these everywhere. They are a lunchbox staple and I also keep a couple in my purse when we have snack emergencies on-the-go.

2. Pre-portioning — It may take a little extra time up front, but I find that making snack bags ahead of time really pays off later. I put baby carrots and other veggies in individual plastic baggies for the whole week so I can just grab them and add to my son’s lunchbox in the morning before school.

3. Roll it up — Almost anything that you can make as a sandwich can be easily rolled into a whole wheat tortilla, even peanut butter and jelly! Plus, you won’t have to cut the crust off and that alone is a timesaver. My son loves when I make salami and provolone rolls for his school lunch.

4. Plan lunches while you’re cooking dinner — While I would never tell my son that his lunchbox is full of leftovers, it often is… shh! I try to think ahead when making dinner. If we’re having chicken breast, I save some of the meat and shred it for chicken salad sandwiches the next day.

5. Double duty — Moms have to eat, too. While you’re making your child’s school lunch, make one for yourself, too. Hey, the ingredients are all right there in front of you and it will save time later!

Do you have any clever time-saving lunch tips? I’d love to hear them!