A huge thank you to Mott’s for sending us their new fruit juice drinks to try and for sponsoring this post. Those mini bottle saves me from many a twin argument. It gets HOT when you are in a car for ten hours!
Though I loved our time in Texas last week with my family, it’s good to be back home in good old Columbia, MO. It’s funny how quickly I have adjusted to small city life. Everything here is so accessible and now that the girls are older, I am ready to access it all. I am really looking forward to getting them out on the Katy Trail on their bike. We’re so close to a trail access now that I am thinking we can even start heading downtown on it to some of the free concerts and festivals.
Of course that brings in a whole other level of prep: snacks and drinks that are easy to carry. As well as healthy enough to fuel the ride there and back, but tasty enough that my kids won’t be begging for concessions.
We kind of have the mobile snack thing down since the girls take their lunch every day. And they won’t be content with anything as pedestrian as a peanut butter sandwiches. Instead they prefer to eat like hobbits, with little bits every few hours (or minutes.)
But I had no idea what to do about drinks. There’s always water but the fountain water can be a bit funky and I find those drink packets way too chemical tasting. Enter Mott’s new juice drinks.
On the ride to and from our Spring Break, they became borderline obsessed with the Mott’s Wild Grape Surge juice drink mini bottles. I had thrown a few six packs in the car and was happy to find that they were asking for those instead of their usual gas station treats of smoothies or “sports” drinks. I know doctors say there is no correlation between sugar and behavior but I certainly noticed a dialing down in the travel meltdown level!
And while the girls loved the Grape Surge (“so grapey mom”,) I have to admit a preference for the Mott’s Fruit Punch Rush. Both flavors (and their “so strawberry” Strawberry Boom) meet my non-negotiables for fruit drinks: fruit flavor that’s from fruit juices and natural flavors, not artificial sweeteners.
And unlike those kid drinks the girls are always begging me to pack in their lunches, these have one fruit serving in 8 ounces (Current USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend a daily intake of 2 cups of fruit for a 2,000 calorie diet. 1 serving of 100% juice = ½ cup.)
If you want to know more about them you can check out the site. I would also love to hear your best portable snack ideas!
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Mott’s blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.