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Healthy back-to-school essentials

Can you believe that it’s already time to prep to send the kiddies back-to-school? Get this year off to a healthy start with natural and eco-friendly essentials that your kids will love!

Applegate
Applegate believes kid food should be great food: highest quality, totally natural, and decidedly delicious. Applegate Half Times combine different products from Applegate, Annie’s and Stonyfield  that parents can feel good about packing for their kid’s lunch. Half Times offer an all-bases-covered meal with delicious meat, cheese and crackers without antibiotics, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.  Dig in! www.applegate.com/

Honest Kids
Honest Kids offers an easy-to-take lunchtime drink that is refreshing and not two sweet. They have about half the sugar of leading kids’ juice drinks and 100 percent daily value of Vitamin C. In fact, each Honest Kid beverage contains 9g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz pouch. The leading kids’ juice drinks in single-serve packaging contain approximately 20g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz serving. (Note: many leading kids’ juice drinks come in 6 fl oz pouches). www.honesttea.com

U Konserve
U Konserve was started six years ago by two moms who were shocked by the amount of lunchtime trash generated each day in their children’s school.  Here’s a scary fact: one child produces 67 pounds of lunch time trash each year!! Their very first product and one that is still very popular today, the Waste-Free Lunch Kit, features a cotton sack, cloth napkin, 13 oz stainless steel beverage bottle, two leak proof 8 oz containers for snacks and sides and a Food Kozy Wrap for a sandwich or crackers. Perfect for lunch all year round!  www.ukonserve.com

Green Apple Supply
Green Apple Supply believes that eco products should be affordable for everyone. They feel that without a universal shift in consumption, our physical ability to inhabit the planet is limited, so it needs to be easy to do something to make a difference. To this end, they offer a variety of everyday back-to-school supplies including colored pencils, paper, construction paper and backpacks that are made with the Earth in mind. www.greenapplesupply.org

Turn junk foods into healthy foods

What do you do when you have a junk-food craving, but want to eat healthy? Try some natural foods that have all the flavor, but are made with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about. Also, make sure to check us out this Thursday on Daybreak to see us chat about them!

Healthy Hot Dog Makeover
We all know a traditional hot dog is a junk-food favorite, but have you ever stopped and wondered what is in it? That same question compelled the founder of Applegate Natural and Organic Meats to build an entire company. He started by making a delicious hotdog with wholesome ingredients and no antibiotics and expanded the line to include lunch meat, frozen foods, bacon and more. Still, the wonderful natural and organic Applegate hotdogs in both traditional and chicken varieties remain a family favorite. Recently, the Environmental Working Group released an analysis that showed the shocking link between antibiotic overuse in traditional grocery meat products and the development of superbugs. Something definitely to think about!

Junk-Free Snack Ideas
The pantry can be a dangerous place when it comes to junk food cravings. Thankfully, you can replace typical junk food finds with healthy food that is easy to grab on the go. For instance, check out 100 percent natural crunchy and delicious freeze-dried fruits from Nature’s All Foods. You’ll find bananas, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries and more for an easy snack with absolutely NO artificial or added ingredients.

Oogave Natural Soda
Finally a healthy soda option! Oogave is an organic soda sweetened only with agave nectar.  Using agave instead of cane sugar or corn syrup keeps Oogave lower calorie (100 calories per 12 oz of Oogave in comparison to 130-150 for other natural sodas) and also low glycemic (say goodbye to those sugar highs).  The soda is also caffeine free, gluten free and contains no preservatives.  Refreshing options include Watermelon Cream, Agave Cola, Strawberry Rhubarb and Ginger Ale. Make sure to check out the new diet blends made without artificial sweeteners!  www.oogave.com

Boulder Soup Works
Did you know that some of the popular, traditional canned soup brands are far from healthy and, in fact, are actually filled with junky artificial flavors and preservatives? That is why we are really excited to find Boulder Soup Works. Not only are the soups delicious, but they are made with only the highest quality organic ingredients and spices. They combine hand-cut vegetables with fragrant herbs and custom bases, just like you would if you had time to make soup at home. We especially like the Red Lentil Dahl made with a custom blend of curry and healthy red lentils as a base. Super delish! www.bouldersoupworks.com

Celebrate Earth Day with cool eco-friendly finds

Celebrating Earth Day gives us the perfect opportunity to find new ways to be eco-friendly. Opting for products that utilize sustainable and recycled materials helps to lessen our impact and protect natural resources for generations to come. Check out some of our favorite green products and tune into the Everyday show this Friday to see us chat about them

C4 Belts
C4 stands for ‘Choose your Color. Choose your Cause.’ Not only do C4 Belts enable each customer to give back to four amazing charities, the belts are eco-friendly, vegan friendly and made from durable 100% recyclable (TPE) plastic. To choose your belt, you start by selecting the color buckle and the color of belt that you fancy. There are 20 various belts and 20 buckles which means that you have 400 options in front of you. We especially love the hot pink, sky blue and neon yellow colors. Plus, you can simply cut the belt to fit you so you have the right size belt to elevate your outfit.  www.c4belts.com

Applegate Organic and Natural Meats
Applegate makes is easier to get lunch and dinner on the table with options that deliver convenience and flavor without the high calories, fat and sodium typically associated with the family favorite. For more than 20 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products.  They guarantee that the meat inside is raised without antibiotics or hormones and free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, artificial ingredients or preservatives. Not only are choosing natural and organic meats a healthy choice, choosing hormone-free helps to eliminate the antibiotic runoff from factory farms that threatens our waterways and overall ecosystem. In addition, Applegate is reducing the plastic on its bacon packaging by 30 percent to be even more sustainable. www.applegate.com

Preserve Products
After making your delicious Applegate meal, you need something to serve it on! Preserve Everyday Tableware is made of 100% recycled, BPA and melamine free plastic and is perfect for casual dinning. The plates, bowls, and cups have been specially designed for ease of use, shaped and weighted for stability and resistance to spills. The dishes are also durable enough to last decades–they can literally be used thousands of times. Plus, each pack includes 4 plates, 4 bowls, and 4 cups for just $20.99! Talk about cost-effective AND eco-friendly! www.preserveproducts.com

Healthy fast food ideas your kids will love

Who said that you can’t feed your kids fast food that is healthy food? Skip the drive-through and make a quick, natural meal for your kiddos that they will enjoy! Also, make sure to check out our next segment on Daybreak this Thursday to see us chat about these products!

Love Grown Foods
Love Grown Foods mission is to create incredibly delicious foods that are packed full of nutritional benefits and that are available to everyone, while centering on the importance of fueling the body. To this end, they have created Hot Oats™ cups that offer a healthy, easy, convenient, and affordable breakfast your kids won’t be able to get enough of. Each cup features delicious blends including strawberry raspberry, blueberry banana, walnut apple cinnamon and peach almond vanilla. Plus they are gluten-free, sodium free, vegan and high in protein and fiber. lovegrownfoods.com

Tres Pupusas
This Colorado company brings an old tradition to the modern family. Pupusas are a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla made using masa de maíz, stuffed with things like beans, cheese, veggies and more. Tres Pupusas are made with natural ingredients, and are all gluten-free, made with non-GMO corn flour. You’ll find various varieties such as the Black Bean and Sweet Corn and Chicken and Cheese. All you need to do to enjoy is simply fry each side in a pan on your stove top in a little oil. Talk about quick and yummy! www.trespupusas.com

Applegate
Applegate makes is easier to get lunch and dinner on the table with options that deliver convenience and flavor without the high calories, fat and sodium typically associated with the family favorite. For more than 20 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products.  They guarantee that the meat inside is raised without antibiotics or hormones and free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, artificial ingredients or preservatives. Make sure to check out the Applegate Naturals Family Size Chicken Nuggets — a family favorite! www.applegate.com

Simply Organic
Simply Organic offers a variety of quick mixes that turn ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary meal. They offer a variety of spices and  mixes for quick sauces, salad dressings, chilis and more. Plus, they embrace small organic farmers, helping them improve their agricultural methods and profits through programs like Fair Trade and Well Earth®. Two of our favorite products include the organic Chili and Sloppy Joe Mixes which can be prepped in minutes with common pantry items. www.simplyorganic.com

PB and J Makeover
Take a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and give it a healthy twist that will keep your kids coming back for seconds (and thirds). Start with Rudi’s Bread, which is free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fat and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Then, swap the peanut butter for raw almond butter which contains a number of nutrients including Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Manganese, Calcium and Zinc. Finally, add a touch of light agave or honey and banana slices to accentuate the taste of the almonds and save on the sugar. Opt for almond butter fresh from the grinder (look in the bulk section) to save money!