1,2,3…GO! Quick and Creative Lunchbox Ideas with Mott’s®

Thank you to Mott’s® for sponsoring this article. Grab goodness on-the-go with Mott’s®.

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As I peddled to the Farmer’s Market last week through Colonial Williamsburg, I could see that Summer was slowly giving herself over to Autumn. This meant only one thing to me- back to school time and all it’s activity! Time for homework, time for shorter days, time to snuggle, and time to pack lunchboxes.

Routine is good, but monotony is my kryptonite. To keep snack-time and my children’s lunchboxes interesting, I try to offer a variety of foods. Mott’s® Snack & Go Applesauce and Mott’s® 100% Apple Juice are a healthy, quick, and creative way to jazz up your children’s snack time and lunchboxes. Here are some tips for packing better lunches…

  1. Be realistic and only pack things your children will for sure eat.
  2. If you are able, pack hot and cold items to keep your children interested in their lunches.  Meals can be kept warm in an insulated container or lunch bag.
  3. Offer various dips with veggies or fruits. Kids love to dip!
  4. Ask your children what they would like to see in their lunches, you may be surprised.
  5. Keep life simple by pre-packing a few things like cut up veggies, cubed fruit, cubed cheese, or trail mix.
  6. Kids always want what the other kids have. Ask them what their fellow classmates are packing to get other ideas.
  7. Pack a balanced lunch by offering fruits and veggies, a protein like a hard-boiled egg or lunchmeat, and healthy fats like nut butters, nuts, avocado, or cheese and yogurt. Then of course pack a little treat like a cookie, granola bar, or mini cupcake or muffin.
  8. Involve your children in packing lunches and snacks. They appreciate and will try more foods if they have had a hand and decision in making it.

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Are your kids tired of boring oatmeal? How about Oatcakes for a fun change! These healthy sugar-free Oatcakes rely on Mott’s® Snack & Go Applesauce to add a touch of sweetness and trail mix for some crunch.

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To make Oatcakes…

Bring 1 cup steel-cut oats and 3 cups of water to a boil. Once it boils, turn heat to low and let the oats simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes until very stiff. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon, a pinch of salt and 2 tsp. vanilla. Pour into a pint-sized and greased wide-mouth jar and let cool for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. You may have a little more than fits in the jar, go ahead and enjoy it for your own breakfast. To remove from the jar, slide a knife between the jar and oats and slide out of the jar. Slice into 6-8 slices and fry in butter until each side is golden. Serve warm with Mott’s® Snack & Go Applesauce and trail mix.

Here’s a little video ditty put together by Team BRK sharing our favorite Mott’s® Snack & Go Applesauce and Mott’s® 100% Apple Juice Threesomes. Because everyone knows two’s  company, but three’s a party!

Ideas shared in video…

  1. Apple juice, popcorn, and cheddar cheese sticks
  2. Apple sauce, sausage links, and hard-boiled egg
  3. Apple juice, yogurt, and granola
  4. Apple sauce, Oatcakes, and trail mix
  5. Apple juice celery sticks, and almond butter
  6. Apple sauce, turkey and cheddar hoagie, and veggie sticks

Now it’s your turn. 1,2,3…GO!

Thank you Mott’s® and Technorati for being sponsors of this article. All opinions, recipes, ideas, and video are my own. 

Music by DKJoss. Thanks Dev:)


  1. Sharon
    Posted October 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    You can freeze the little apple sauce cups and juice boxes and then put them in their lunches in the morning. Great way to keep things cold. By the time lunch rolls around, it is usually thawed out. If not, my daughter has enjoyed the apple sauce when it’s like a slushy. ~Sharon

    • Robin Sue
      Posted October 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM | Permalink

      It’s still a bit hot here, so a cool and refreshing slushy apple sauce sounds perfect! Great idea

  2. Posted October 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM | Permalink

    My daughter ate the same lunch every day from first grade though 8th grade – salami sandwich on white bread, potato chips and cut up apple. If these products were around back then I might have been able to convince her to try something else!

    Great ideas!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted October 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Biz! I ate a lot of PBJ as a kid;)

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