Oh my, it is suddenly August. August, that month in which I go into deep denial that school is around the corner. I cling to the long summer days, cricket chirping filled night, and all things summer, like barbecues, fruit pies, and corn on the cob dripping with butter for as long as I possibly can. But alas, it is an unavoidable life fact that time ticks forward, not back, and I will soon need to drag my sun-tanned kids out for new uniforms, dream up new lunch ideas, and fill our schedule with after-school activities. Thanks to Mott’s Snack & Go Natural Applesauce pouches I have a few more Mason Jar Meal tricks up my sleeve. Three to be exact. Most of you know that I have been following the paleo lifestyle, and if you are a paleo too, you know that a pouch of applesauce in your backpack along with some nuts, is a great paleo snack for on the go, or even a recovery meal after a workout. Now, since my kiddos have chosen not to be paleo, I still do my best to make sure all of their after-school snacks and meals are healthy.
Let’s go to the first snack, shall we? I love the Peter Brady quote “Pork chops and applesauce, ain’t that swell.” I bet you read that in the funny way he said it too. I guess we can say the Brady’s inspired this Saucy Dog combo of applesauce and hot dogs. Forget ketchup, dip your dogs in applesauce! I found some really tasty un-cured German style wieners at my local grocer, grilled and served ‘em up with a pouch of applesauce to squeeze a small amount on every bite. Yummy!
Potato Cakes with Applesauce & Sour Cream is one of my family’s cold-weather favorites. The very first time I had one was in Germany during the Christmas Season at the Christkindlmarkt Mannheim. It was so cold outside, but the hot potato cake fixed me right up. Bake your favorite brand of potato cakes, and serve with sour cream blended with fresh chives, along with a pouch of applesauce. I actually prefer applesauce over sour cream on my potato cakes with my kids a split between both. What say you? Sour cream, apple sauce, or both?
Lastly the kids enjoyed squeezing applesauce into mini fillo shells and topping them off with granola for Tiny Apple Crisps. These little guys are so much fun to make and immediately eat, and will be a delicious and healthy addition to my children’s mason jar lunches. Do not make these ahead of time as they will get soggy, instead, pack each ingredient and allow your children to make these up at school. One pouch fills six tiny fillo shells.
I served these Tiny Apple Crisps with wedges of sharp cheddar (cheddah!) cheese. How very New England of me, ayuh?
While these are great for after-school snacking, all three meals can be packed for on the go snacking. How’s that you ask? Really, you have to ask? Mason Jars of course!
Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches have a taste kids love in a convenient package for on the go. They also have no added sugar and are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Find out more here.
If you would like to try out some of my snack ideas, get right on out to your local grocer for your own Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches… Click here for the coupon!
I have been compensated for this post. All snack ideas, stories, and opinions are my own.