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Being a parent is one of the most fun as well as toughest jobs around. Kids are curious creatures who are always asking questions. They are like little sponges who want to learn about everything around them. Because our kids mimic us, it is important we  are the best role models possible. When it comes to eating, it is imperative we show them healthy habits. As your kids get older you can show them with how you plan meals and snacks that are good for them. Here are some great tips to help with that:

Meal Planning With Kids

  • Eat Together: Whenever possible, eat meals together, preferable at the dinner table. Studies show kids who eat in a friendly family setting, they eat and digest their food better.
  • Know Your Kids Eating Style: Kids have different eating patters, so know yours. Some kids will graze, some will eat one item at a time and others will jump in and eat everything at once!
  • Cook Together: Families that cook together have kids who are more invested in their meals. You can start your kids at the age of 2 or 3 to help hand you a spoon or a spice bottle. As they get older, they can measure, which is a great teaching opportunity or stir a pot or mix a bowl.
  • Pack Lunches Together: If you have school age kids, get them involved in planning and packing their lunches. If you have involved them in learning healthy eating habits, they will be able to help choose snacks and foods they enjoy.

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Now that Jakobi is in Kindergarten, he loves to pack his lunch by himself. He loves to choose Mott’s® Snack & Go, because the loves the taste and he can choose from 4 flavors.

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The new Mott’s® applesauce pouch comes in Original, Strawberry, Natural and Cinnamon. Jakobi feels like a big boy because he can just grab a pouch by himself and put it in his lunchbox. As a parent, I love the Mott’s® Snack & Go pouches because they are such a healthy snack choice.

Some flavors have no sugar added and are easy to take on the go.

Tips For Easy Meal Planning With Kids

Mott’s® Snack & Go is the nutritious applesauce kids love in a squeezable pouch they can take with them wherever they go. Mott’s is also the only applesauce brand with Box Tops for Education®, helping to support kids’ schools. Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.