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How to Make a Lunch Your Child Will Love

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®.

I’ve been making school lunches for my children from the very beginning of their school days. I like having control over what they’re eating and the best way for me to do that is to pack them a lunch each day for school. How to make a lunch your child will love comes with some trial and error but hopefully these tips will help you out as you are packing lunch for your children.

I'll share my tips for how to make a lunch your child will love. Stop the waste and pack a healthy lunch they'll want to eat.

We have a system that we use here and it’s been very successful. They’re happy AND I’m happy. With the variety of options available from Mott’s, they get the flavors they love and I get a little help. This is why I love Mott’s! They are a healthier option for my kids and they also love how tasty it is. Mott’s is an excellent source of vitamins so that my kids can grow strong and healthy.

With about 180 days of school each year, it can become a challenge to make a lunch that your child will love every single day. Sometimes we get stuck in the same routine and just like us, our children don’t want the same thing to eat every day for lunch. Hopefully these tips for how to make a lunch your child will love will help you like they’ve helped me.

How to Make a Lunch Your Child Will Love

Let them help. I know you’ve heard this before, but I’ve found it to be a really big help with us. When I allow them to help in any capacity in the kitchen, they are more likely to eat the foods they’ve helped to prepare. Give them healthy options to choose from to fill their lunch box.

Include all the food groups. This is more for me, than for them, but I try to include something from each of the food groups. Some days it’s harder than others, depending on what we have on hand, but I try to include at least a little something from each.

Make it colorful. We eat with our eyes first so it’s important to make the foods look appealing. One way to do that is to make their lunch colorful. You can do this by including their favorite raw veggies and fresh cut fruit.

Give them something sweet and something savory. Including something sweet and something savory will hopefully satisfy all their cravings at lunch time. It’s important to remember that you don’t want to include options with added sugar. It’s not only better for them, but I’m sure their teacher would greatly appreciate it as well.

Give them variety. Mix things up and give them different items to eat every day. If you can’t give them different items, try serving them in a different way. If you have a lot of strawberries to use up, chop some up and put it on top of some yogurt rather than serving it whole. They are still getting fresh fruit, just in a different way. If you need a little help here, Mott’s offers a variety of products that make it easy to pack your child’s lunch. The 100% fruit and vegetable juices are a great way to satisfy their craving for something sweet at lunch while foregoing the sugary snacks. The unsweetened applesauce, available in seven delectable flavors, also make a tasty addition to your child’s lunch.

I'll share my tips for how to make a lunch your child will love. Stop the waste and pack a healthy lunch they'll want to eat.

Over the years I’ve watched my children grow up and each year as they get older I’m reminded that these years are short. The time I have with them to instruct them and show them how to make healthy choices is fleeting. I can only hope that the lessons I’m teaching them now will help them when they are out on their own and making choices by themselves.

I'll share my tips for how to pack a lunch your child will love. Stop the waste and pack a healthy lunch they'll want to eat.

But while your children are young and still at home, it’s fun to track how much they’re growing. This year, Mott’s and Walmart want to help you track your child’s growth with a free growth chart. Here’s how to get your free growth chart:

  • Buy $10 worth of Mott’s Juice or Sauce at Walmart
  • Register for the offer on Mott’s.com/Walmart
  • Upload receipts on Motts.com/Walmart now through 9/15/17
  • The growth chart will be mailed to your home once receipts have been verified

I'll share my tips for how to make a lunch your child will love. Stop the waste and pack a healthy lunch they'll want to eat.

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Next time you’re in Walmart, make sure you pick up $10 worth of Mott’s (excludes fruit snacks) to get your free growth chart to track your child’s growth.

I'll share my tips for how to make a lunch your child will love. Stop the waste and pack a healthy lunch they'll want to eat.

Kids are picky. We all know that. But with these simple tips you can make a lunch your child will love. #WatchMeGrow via @simplymommy

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.

Comments

  1. 1

    Oh cool! I love the idea of applesauce in a pouch. That makes things much easier. Thanks for the heads up on this!

  2. 2

    We always have Mott’s applesauce in our fridge. It’s really good stuff. Plus, those pouches are awesome and easy to clean up.

  3. 3
    Catherine Sargent says:

    These are all great ideas . My son always loved it when I changed things up. Especially when I included Mott’s Applesauce in his lunch.

  4. 4
    Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Adding lots of color is really important to make kids want to eat their lunch! We love Mott’s products here.

  5. 5

    Motts is a brand I had growing up and I am glad it is one I can share with my kids. Such great variety in products and such good ingredients.

  6. 6

    We got spoiled by the free lunch in middle school, but most day my son hated what they served! I should have been doing this, they need the right nourishment at this age! Thanks for the info!

  7. 7
    Cacinda says:

    It is so frustrating when the kids bring their lunches back still full. These apple sauces look so convenient, I will have to try them.

  8. 8

    I really love your tips here! I could use these tips for my kids’ lunch!

  9. 9

    This is a good list of tips here. I like the idea of having them help out in preparing their lunch. This will help with continued growth into other chores and discipline.

  10. 10

    Mott’s is definitely well loved by parents and kids. I think it’s awesome that it’s healthy and it’s something that you can simply add to their daily diet without having to worry if it’s good or not.

  11. 11

    These are beautiful ideas on how to make lunch more exciting for the kids. I’ve always liked Mott’s as a brand, I get their apple juice regularly.

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    Wendy Polisi says:

    I remember when I was younger, more color always made me love it. It just draws them in.

  13. 13

    These are such thoughtful tips. Not all parents care enough to make it interesting for their children.

  14. 14
    Our Family World says:

    Thanks for these tips! When my children were young, I always made sure they had healthy lunches. I woke up extra early to prepare the best meals for them, breakfast included. When kids are in their growth spurt years, we must provide them with nutritious meals to optimize their growth potential. Oh, and yes, Motts was with them all the way. 🙂

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    Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I agree with the tip of including something from each food group and making it colorful. As we all know, half the meal is the eye appeal!

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