With kids off to school this year, some of us are still trying to decide what to pack for their lunches, what to make for dinner, and how to connect at the end of the day as a family. For those who are first-time students, meeting your teacher, making new friends, and learning new lessons can be quite daunting. My son started kindergarten this year and I think I was more nervous than him – which was probably a good thing. But I still want to send him off to school each day with a healthy snack, a good attitude, and lots of love. And one of the most important things is trying to keep him away from those nasty flu or cold bugs that are bound to bounce around in school.
As a mom and advocate for living a healthier lifestyle- whether through exercise, eating the right foods, and making healthy and safe choices for my family and home- it’s important for me to find good products that help us rather than hinder us. Kids especially are susceptible to anything that can invade their precious bodies so as parents we have to do our best to ensure they still as healthy and happy as possible. In order to do that, we have to make the right choices when it comes to feeding our children and the things we buy for them.
Below I’ve compiled a list of natural, organic, and environmentally-friendly products that you’d use every day. They have been kid and adult tested for taste and effectiveness. They can all be found in natural grocery stores, major supermarkets, and anywhere that sells natural and safe products.
18 Rabbits (http://www.18rabbits.com/) – makes organic and natural granola bars fit for both kids and adults. I love the fact that they make their bars from scratch with local ingredients and do not contain anything artificial. They are not overly sweet and some are chewy and some are crunchy. Great for kids lunch boxes or on the go somewhere.
Envirokidz/Natures Path (http://us.naturespath.com/) – wholesome organic and natural foods ranging from cereal to granola bars to toaster pastries. I love the fact that they have a line dedicated to kids only (Envirokidz) with adorable packaging that also benefits the environment.
Bare Fruit (http://www.baresnacks.com/_ – all natural and organic dried fruits chips. You really can’t find any other better premium dried fruit chips unless you make them yourself. No sugar added, just simple and natural sweetness from the goodness of real fruit.
Happy Family Brands ( http://happyfamilybrands.com/) – natural and organic food for kids. They make delicious snacks and food for infants to older kids. If you have really finicky eaters, you must give Happy Family/Happy Baby a try – you’re bound to find something that they’ll like.
Hail Merry (http://www.hailmerry.com/) – natural and organic “raw” foods that tastes clean and pure. You’ll feel enlightened and lighter after eating their yummy macaroons or miracle tarts.
Beanitos (http://beanitos.com/) – natural and nutritious chips made from the wholesome goodness of non-GMO beans. You’ll never go back to regular potato chips again after tasting Beanitos. They are so light and airy and great for practically any time of the day.
Annie’s Homegrown (http://www.annies.com/) – designed for kids in mind, this company indulges children’s finicky taste buds with yummy snacks such as Cheddar Bunnies, Pizzas, and the never-failing Macaroni and Cheese (but without the artificial colors).
Honest Kids (http://www.honesttea.com/kids/) – no sugar added beverages for kids (and adults!). They are lower in sugar than other juices for kids and grape juice is used as the main sweetener. Truly refreshing and delicious and great when frozen too.
Preserve (http://www.preserveproducts.com/) – recyclable food containers made without BPA and comes in a variety of products. The adorable shaped containers resemble apples and they make everything from food containers to toothbrushes to plates. Although it says their products are dishwasher safe, I wouldn’t recommend washing them in hot water in the dishwasher. I usually hand wash the lids just to prevent any warping. They are also part of the Gimme 5 program which turns all recyclable materials into reusable products.
Kids Konserve (http://kidskonserve.com/) – BPA free products that are designed for every day home use as well as on-the-go. They make everything from lunch bags to stainless steel containers to napkins. They also come in colorful designs that are great for both kids and adults, boys and girls.
Lunchskins (http://www.lunchskins.com/) – truly unique sandwich bags made without BPA and phthalates and easily washable. They come in an assortment of fun colors and designs and sizes suitable for snacks, sandwiches, and larger totes. I use them all the time to put my son’s snacks in them and when we’re traveling and because they are easy to wipe clean, you don’t have to worry about storing bags with leftover food smells either.
Full Circle ( http://www.fullcirclehome.com/) – this brand is truly innovative in their products for everyday usage. You can find products for the home, for the car, and for personal uses. I absolutely love their Glass Beverage Bottle as it is made with a patented design to prevent breakage if dropped. They come in adorable colors and are great for school, work, or just for running errands. Full Circle products are made from sustainable bamboo and are BPA-free.
Seventh Generation (http://www.seventhgeneration.com/) – with a comprehensive assortment of products made from naturally-derived ingredients, you’ll find everything from dishwashing detergent to laundry detergent to baby wipes.
Dapple (http://dapplebaby.com/) – formulated to be safe for kids, their products range from toy wipes (although you can use it on other surfaces), dishwashing detergents, to detergents.
Boiron (http://www.boiron.com/) – homeopathic medication for kids and adults. They use safe, herbal ingredients that are formulated to be used everyday, several times a day.
Nordic Naturals (http://www.nordicnaturals.com/) – a wonderful assortment of supplements and vitamins for kids and adults. Their products range from kids multivitamins to DHA products to specialized supplements such as Vitamins D, vitamins for skin, hair, and eyes. They also make natural vitamins for pets.
Barleans (http://www.barleans.com/) – made with the best organic and natural oils, Barleans makes a great assortment of supplements for kids and adults. We love their Omega Swirl as it is truly the one product that kids will want to happily drink.
Yummi Bears (http://www.heronutritionals.com/) – part of the Hero Nutritionals company, Yummi Bears vitamins and supplements are specifically formulated for kids. My son loves their Yummi Bear Sugar-Free Multivitamin as they are naturally sweetened with Lohan fruit instead of sugar.
California Baby (http://www.californiababy.com/) – a comprehensive assortment of products for kids that comes in relaxing scents such as Lavender, and treatment products for eczema and diaper rash.
Episencial (http://www.episencial.com/) – made with high quality natural and organic ingredients, their products soothes and protects delicate skins. My son uses their Body Wash, Snuggly Lotion, and Nurturing Balm and they are all gentle and smell wonderful.
Cleanwell ( http://www.cleanwelltoday.com/) – using the power of thyme to clean and disinfect, this safe antibacterial product is a better choice for kids’ little hands. We love their Orange Vanilla scent as it reminds me of Orange Cream sherbet.
Dolphin Organics (http://dolphinorganics.com/) – natural and organic products that do not contain any artificial ingredients. They smell wonderful and are specially formulated for kids. I love their sunscreen (DO Naturals) as they are not at all greasy and stays on rather well.
Weleda (http://usa.weleda.com/) – made from the highest natural and organic ingredients, Weleda makes personal care products formulated for both kids and adults. With the comforting and healing powers of Calendula, I’ve been using their products on my son since he was an infant. Adult products include facial cleansers, moisturizers, and eye firming creams with natural ingredients such as wild rose, almonds, and pomegranates.
While there are many companies out there making products that are better for you and for the environment, it is always safer to test it first to make sure they are safe for you and your kids.
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