How to eat healthy on-the-go #ThanksMom

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One of the biggest challenges we face as moms who are trying to improve our families diets is how to eat healthy on-the-go, but Mott’s is coming to the rescue with their Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce.


 

In my house when it’s time to go somewhere, we scramble to make sure the dogs go outside, that they have water, toys and there is nothing they won’t destroy or eat.  We make sure the kids go potty, we lock doors, we grab water bottles because it’s been hot out, and we head out.

We rarely take into account what time it is or when we last ate.

And inevitably we are gone longer than we expected and are faced with whiney children.

Take a listen to this:



THAT is why most parents give in and just grab fast food or junk from the check-out lane. Imagine trying to shop and hearing that over and over and over again.

Now, I understand that kids are not easy to please either.  And younger kids you can’t just hand them a banana or an apple and expect them to eat it unsupervised.  Some healthy snacks just aren’t practical for on-the-go.

But all hope is not lost.

You CAN avoid fast food and check-out lane snacks while out and about with your kids.

There are 2 easy steps.

The first step I can’t help you with.  You have to put on your big, mean, mommy hat and just say no.  It’s hard at first but eventually they will stop asking.  As much.

For the second step, I totally have your back and I have provided a whole list of great options for you to make it not only possible for you to eat healthy on-the-go, but easy.

Before I get to the list, you have to realize that this requires some planning in order to be successful.  You have to prep snacks ahead of time or allow an extra 10 minutes or so before you leave to prepare food to take with you.  Once you do it a few times it will become a habit and you will realize that it’s really not difficult at all.

I also recommend you have a small reusable cooler bag and a couple of ice packs in easy reach.  For drinks we usually fill up insulated BPA-free water bottles for ourselves.  They were an investment but my kids love having their own water bottle with them where ever we go.  I no longer hear “I’m thirsty” – EVER.

Healthy On-The-Go Kid’s Snack Ideas

  • Cut up a block of cheese into bite sized pieces
  • String cheese
  • Portable yogurt tubes
  • 100% juice boxes (or the water bottle idea I mentioned above)
  • Fruit leather
  • Raisins
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • A baggie filled with their favorite healthy cereal (granola with dried fruit is a great option)
  • Granola / nutrition bar (look for brands with no HFCS and with only a few ingredients)
  • Baby carrots
  • Cut up an apple into slices
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumber slices
  • Grapes
  • Handful of nuts
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Popped popcorn
  • Squeezable no sugar added fruit pouches

I have found that when I provide my kids with CHOICES, even if they are all healthy choices, they respond much better and are more content when we bring our own snacks.  Think of the Japanese Bento idea when you are preparing it.  Also, remember, if you need to make a lunch instead of a snack, you can use the same types of food, just put more of them or a bit bigger quantities.  Think outside the box!

As I mentioned earlier, Mott’s is helping us make providing healthy snacks easier with their applesauce pouches.

The pouches come in 2 varieties, natural and strawberry.  Both of them are designed to be healthy options for busy families on-the-go and have only 40 calories per pouch.

Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches have a taste kids love in a convenient package for on the go. They also have no added sugar and are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Find out more here.

These pouches are grab-and-go and are a great alternative to fast food and unhealthy sugar-filled snacks.  Kids love the shape and the function of the package, and of course, they love the taste of applesauce. Everybody wins!  And with a buy-one box, get-one free coupon, you also get a great deal too.  Click here for the coupon.

So, do you pack snacks when you are out and about with your kids or do you often find yourself stopping for fast food or buying last minute junk food in the check-out lane  at the store?  If you pack snacks, what do you include?  If you don’t, what’s stopping you?

Note: I received compensation for my participation in the Mott’s Snack & Go campaign.
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  1. Karen says

    There is a down side to to hard boiled egg. Someone might ask “what’s that smell?”.

    • says

      Yeah Jake usually asks me to not pack an egg in his lunch for that reason. Although today he did ask for stinky cheese.

  2. says

    I’m hungry! Yep here it all the time. I do pack small on-the-go snacks because we like a healthier alternative. I haven’t tried their pouches yet, but gonna look for them next time I’m at the store!

    • says

      My kids love the pouches. I wonder if it was “meatloaf in a pouch” or “salad in a pouch” would they eat it because it was in a pouch..

      • says

        LOL your funny. My son won’t eat any ground beef so it would be no on the meatloaf and only likes iceberg lettuce. I hope his picky eating goes away soon.

        • says

          My daughter is way more picky than my son. It is annoying, but I did it most of my life so I can’t really blame them. I just do my best to try and get it to stop LOL