The first thing I did was look on the ingredients to make sure I could not see China anywhere on the labels. That is the one thing I took away from the recent Dr. Oz episode, I do not trust the products from that country. Note: these days further investigation would not be a bad idea for all your food products.
The next thing I check for in my juice products is the 100% number. The apple sauce has no added sugar. Lastly, the Mott’s medleys have veggies snuck in. I have written about the fact that I like when I can sneak veggies into my son’s diet!
Back to School with Mott’s Nutritionist Lisa Salinas, PhD, RD:
Tips for Back to School – I Still Need Them All Year Round!
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: Mott’s sent me some products to sample. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.