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Natural back-to-school essentials

It’s time to start shifting from summer to back-to-school mode. Get this school year off to a great start by giving your kids all the natural essentials they need. Here are some fresh ideas for you to pack a healthier, delicious lunch and natural ways to boost focus and concentration. Check it out and check out Daybreak this Thursday morning to see us talk about them.

Healthy Lunch Essentials
Build a nutritious lunch that your kids will want to eat by opting for tasty natural products. Start with seeded bread packed with whole grain goodness, protein and fiber. Rudi’s Organic Bakery sprouted breads offer the nutrients you are looking for with the soft, tasty texture you crave. Next, choose lunch meat that is free of antibiotics and no added nitrates or nitrites.One of our favorites is the Natural Honey & Maple Turkey Breast from Applegate. The subtle sweetness and juicy flavor make it a great choice for kids. Instead of using boring cheese, for older kids try opting for an exciting natural spread like the Basil Pesto from Ciolo or Pimento Cheese Spread from Ciolo to give sandwiches more zing. Next, put together your own dry fruit mix that is easy to pack. Some of our favorite dried fruits to use include papaya, mango and dried berries. The Bare Fruit 100% Organic Bake-Dried Mangos are a delicious and healthy dried fruit that tastes fantastic and is easy to eat on-the-go. In place of potato chips, try some healthier chips from Snikiddy. Their Eat Your Vegetable chips taste great and  contain a full serving of vegetables in just one ounce. Make sure to check out the new Eat Your Vegetables with Kale that is hitting the shelves in August.

Natural Lunch Packing Essentials
Once you have your great lunch, you need something to put it in. Find an easy divided stainless steel container such as the Seriously Safe Stainless Food Container with Divider that is perfect for lunch boxes. It features a dishwater safe container that makes cleaning a breeze. Plus, it is a non-leaching product, which means no chemicals, no toxins, no plastic taste and it’s resistant to stains and corrosion. To refrigerate school lunches, check out Crocodile Creek Eco Kids Lunch Box Ice Packs. These reusable lunch box ice packs keep food cool and fresh and are non-toxic and BPA free.

Natural Supplements for Focus
The Bach Flower Remedies is a natural stress and emotional relief, safe enough for children. The Bach Flower Remedies for Kids help children deal with everyday fears, daydreaming, self-esteem, worries, depression and self-acceptance. Other great natural supplements to help kids focus are Kroeger Plumbum (means lead) and New Light Kit. These products encourage the body to naturally remove toxins, like lead, to help improve concentration.

Natural Flu Fighters

With more people becoming increasingly concerned about the Flu, many are looking for ways to protect their health. Below are some helpful, general (and easy!) tips to overcoming the flu and other viruses.

Plain ol’ Vitamin C – Even though most people know the benefits of Vitamin C, many don’t take it to boost their immune systems when they are concerned about illness—they take it AFTER they get sick. To choose the right Vitamin C for you, talk to your health care provider about which dosage you should take. Drinks like “C Monster” make it easy to get some Vitamin C and stay hydrated at the same time. Which brings us to the next point…

Stay Hydrated and Eat Whole Foods – Again, this seems like common sense, but often the most logical and clear cut health strategies are the ones that are most missed. To help keep your body healthy make sure to drink lots of fluids throughout the day (remember that soda and coffee do not count!) and eat whole foods – including choices that boost health and immunity.  Look for organic choices like garlic (natural immune boost) squash (helps clear toxics), asparagus (cleans the blood) and Elderberries (antiviral properties and flu-fighting flavonoids).

Hyland’s Products— Since 1903, Hyland’s has built a long a solid reputation for producing effective products. They are FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Hyland’s Complete Flu Care and new Complete Flu Care for kids feature two-phase action help to minimize flu symptoms at first onset and help relieve nasty symptoms after the flu has set in. We especially like their Cold ‘n Cough 4 kids, which helps to get rid of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion without side effects. www.hylands.com.

Hanna Kroeger’s Vyren and INF Blend – Hanna Kroeger is recognized worldwide as having been an expert in herbs and natural healing. When she passed she left behind a legacy of natural healing tools that people around the world continue to rave about. Made to help fight viruses, Vyren contains a combination of Raspberry Leaves, Basil and Lettuce. INF (Infection) Blend is meant to help combat the flu and other common infections and contains a helpful blend of Lemon Peel, Chamomile, Thyme, Cayenne, Yerba santa, Eucalyptus, Mugwort and Coltsfoot. To learn more, please visit www.hannasherbshop.com.

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