I’m pretty sure you’ve heard me, or maybe a close friend, go on about what picky eater my kids are. When you have picky eaters, it’s very hard to get past the meal-to-meal fights that go on with a limited number of options to choose. You become a short order chef several times over for a meal, just in hope that at some point your child will take a bite of what you prepared.
I’ve gone back and forth with my picky eaters on whether to force the issue or just let it go. We’ve had tears (both my son and I) over just taking one bite of a piece of pizza or jelly sandwich. I’ve bribed and bartered and begged. It’s tough not being able to enjoy a meal with your kids with this constant battle, and it’s even worse when they decide the only food item they will eat, ahem… mac and cheese, is now no longer an option.
Earlier this Fall, we attended the #styleschool back-to-school event in New York City. There, I was introduced to the new Mott’s Medleys Snack as well as the Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches. Both products have limited availability but will be released nationwide in January 2012.
We’ve been off baby foods for a good year now, and given the limited number of food choices my sons will eat I tend to avoid trying new products. But the pouches! The pouches have been a godsend! I love that they have no sugar added, mostly because my boys are carb-o-holics and that I can hand over the entire pouch to both boys as an on-the-go snack – even my 1 1/2 year old!
Next on my list of raves, is the Mott’s Medleys. Motts has now paired applesauce and veggies. Veggies??? Hooray! Each package has 1 total fruit and veggie serving per container. Since my kids are completely veggie-phobic this was a great treat to mom when they gobbled up the applesauce. They never knew and it was fabulous to see them scarfing down the snack! I cannot wait for this to be available at our local store so that I can purchase a few more to keep on hand.
We were also able to enjoy Motts for Tots juice boxes. My kids always have diluted juice, so my son only has juice boxes as special treats and was incredibly happy to have to try out the Motts!
Tips for Back to School!*
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 vegetables, 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.
*Disclosure: I was provided free samples in exchange for this post. Tips were provided by Back School with Mott’s Nutritionist Lisa Salinas, PhD, RD.