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Healthy, meatless options abound from Veggie Patch! For yummy alternatives to traditional chicken nuggets, burgers, and even buffalo wings, Veggie Patch has created delicious meat-free meals and snacks. “Mom’s” favorites include the Spinach Nuggets and Broccoli Bites. Perfect for an afternoon snack or as a healthy appetizer before dinner is served!

100% vegetarian, Veggie Patch products are all-natural, and contain no MSG or trans-fats. For those desiring to eat less meat, but are unsure of how to start incorporating healthy vegetarian options that are more than just a salad, Veggie Patch is the way to go! From Meatless Garlic Portabella Burgers to Chick ‘n Cutlets, there are plenty of hearty dinner options for the meat and potato lover in your family.

For more information, to locate a store near you that carries Veggie Patch products, or to order, visit their website.

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Looking for sustained energy and a quick pick-me-up during your mid-afternoon slump that doesn’t include caffeine and and an overabundance of sugar? “Mom” was recently introduced to CalNaturale Svelte, an all-natural sustained energy protein drink that actually comes in eco-friendly packaging! Containing 85 percent organic ingredients, this meal replacement beverage leaves you feeling satisfied and energetic without artificial ingredients – perfect for busy, multi-tasking mamas!

CalNaturale Svelte comes in 4 creamy, delicious flavors – Chocolate, Vanilla, Cappucino, and Spiced Chai. The makers of this beverage apparently know what real women want! “Mom’s” favorite? The Spiced Chai! It contains just the right amount of spice to tantalize the taste buds! This all-natural blend is a proprietary combination of 16 grams of protein, organic soymilk, fiber, and organic complex carbohydrates such as rice syrup. With just 9 grams of organic sugar, there is no need to feel guilty when indulging in this beverage!

For more information on this new sustained energy drink, to locate a retail location near you or to order, please visit their website.

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Let the light, clean scent of plumeria and sea kelp fill your shower as your shampoo and condition your hair naturally with JASON’s Plumeria & Sea Kelp Moisturizing System! This new, all-natural hair care system was recently introduced to provide eco-conscious individuals with lustrous, gorgeous hair without the use of harsh chemicals. The JASON Natural Salon Hair Care line contains essential oils and botanicals, but is completely free of parabens, sodium laurel sulfates, and animal by-products.

Whether your hair needs extra moisture, more body, or restoration, this new line offers something for every hair type. Plus – the shampoos and conditioners smell absolutely delightful due to the botanicals and essential oils added!

In addition to their new shampoos and conditioners, JASON offers styling aids and finishing products to help you tame and style your tresses. From natural wax pomade to volumizing root boost – JASON will help you to achieve your eco-fabulous look.

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit www.jason-natural.com.

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There is nothing quite like opening the front door to receive a dozen fresh cookies! To send a little love and all-natural goodness to someone special, check out these sinfully delicious cookies from David’s Cookies! Freshly baked with no preservatives and loaded with goodies – choose from Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia and White Chips, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Cherry and Double Chocolate Chunk – these cookies will be a hit! Can’t decide what to send? Choose to give a tin of assorted cookies – there is something to delight every taste.

Mom’s” favorite? The Chocolate Chunk, of course. YUM! In addition to their cookies, David’s Cookies also offers some super cute gift options, such as their Play Cookie Dough for little ones to make their own cookies. Perfect as an after-school activity!

To learn more about David’s Cookies, or to order, please visit their website.

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Earth Friendly Products, (www.ecos.com) makers of all-natural, green cleaning products for more than 40 years wants to give several lucky parents the chance to makeover their children’s classrooms or dorm rooms with all-natural cleaning products, as part of the company’s continued Safeguard Your Home! campaign.

To enter, simply visit Earth Friendly Products’ Facebook page, “Like” the page and leave a wall post explaining why the child’s classroom or dorm room can use a free supply of eco-friendly cleaning products from EFP, including: ECOS Laundry Detergent, Dishmate Hand Dishwashing Soap, Wave Autodishwasher Detergent, Eco Breeze™ Fabric Refresher, Window Cleaner, and Parsley Plus All-Purpose Cleaner.

Mom” is a huge fan of this line of all-natural cleaning supplies, and uses many of Earth Friendly Products daily in the home. Her favorite? The Eco Breeze™ Fabric Refresher because it leaves a crisp clean scent in the room after being sprayed and does not bother her husband’s allergies!

To enter to win, visit Earth Friendly Products’ Facebook page. Good luck!

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With ‘back to school’ almost here, parents are always on the lookout for easy ways to make their child’s lunchbox more exciting and healthier at the same time. From simple sandwiches to sweet desserts, Snikiddy Snacks® co-founder Mary Schulman offers these five lunchbox ideas designed for kids to celebrate healthy eating on school days.

5 Lunchbox Ideas to Celebrate Healthy Eating

By Mary Schulman

1. Team up with your child in making lunch boxes healthier. Giving them choices allows them to grow up and take charge and ownership of what’s packed into their lunch boxes. I love to ask, “What would you rather have for lunch tomorrow… red peppers, carrots or cucumbers? Not a tough choice for them! (Many of us already use this strategy at bedtime: “Would you rather go to bed at 8:30 or 8:45?” Again let them make the choices, it’s so empowering!

2. Use eco-friendly bags instead of the plastics. More than 20 million plastic sandwich bags go into U.S. landfills daily. There are now dozens of companies that make eco-friendly lunch box sets, containers, and cloth alternatives to lunch baggies that can be re-used over and over again without the waste. Be sure that you also explain to your kids how packing healthy lunch boxes in eco-friendly ways also helps plants and animals be healthier, too.

3. Wean your child from lunch box sugar. Rather than packing a juice box filled with sugar, fill a thermos with 1/2 juice and 1/2 water. As the school year goes on, reduce the amount of sugar in the mix, and before they know it, just a splash of sugary juice will do.

4. Create ‘Fun Bites’ using healthier bread. Use different cookie cutter shapes to cut their whole wheat bread sandwiches into fun shapes. My favorite this year was a snowman that I put currants on for buttons and eyes and a cucumber ring around his neck for the scarf. (Other great shapes are cars, busses, and hearts.)

5. Skip the cookies and candy. Make a mix of nuts and add just enough chocolate chips to satisfy their sweet tooth. They will love this dessert and will get some Omega 3’s in the mix.

About Snikiddy

Founded in 2006 by Janet Owings and Mary Schulman, (a mother/daughter team) with a passion for children’s health, Snikiddy produces Snikiddy Snacks® – great tasting, family-friendly snacks including Cheese Puffs and Baked Fries available in a variety of flavors and developed for kids and families. Made with the highest quality, simple and wholesome ingredients including real cheese and potatoes, Snikiddy Snacks® are perfect for lunchboxes, after school, and on-the-go snacks. They are available in Sharing Packs®, which contain four to five servings per container and leading varieties are available in Multi-Packs (bag of 6 snack packs) and/or individual snack packs. Snikiddy Snacks® are sold in natural and conventional grocery stores across the country and Toys“R”Us, as well as online through Amazon.com and PeaPod.com. Founded in Bethesda, Md., the company also operates out of Boulder, Colo. For more information, visit www.snikiddy.com.

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Looking for a satisfying, all-natural snack? Snikiddy Snacks® offers a printable $1.00 off coupon when you join their newsletter online. Click here to join and print out your own coupon. Enjoy!

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Finding healthy snacks that kids will enjoy can be challenging, which is why the mother and daughter dynamic duo behind Snikiddy Snacks® created their line of simple, wholesome and real (ahem, real tasty!) snack foods. From their popular Mac n’ Cheese Puffs or Pizza Puffs to their Parmesan Garlic Fries, Snikiddy Snacks® offers something for everyone in the family. These snacks are perfect for packing in lunch boxes as the kids head back to school, too!

All of Snikiddy Snacks® are gluten and wheat-free, contain no hydrogenated oils, preservatives, or trans fat. At just 90 calories per serving, these all-natural snacks leave the guilt behind, too!

Pictured here is “Mom’s” favorite snack from Snikiddy – the Mac n’ Cheese Puffs. They are light, airy, and make a satisfying crunch sound when eaten!

To learn more about the Snikiddy story, click here. To locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit their website.

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Developed by an Ear, Nose, and Throat Pediatric Physician, The SinuCleanse® Kids Mist™ is a safe, effective and all-natural way to provide sinus relief in young children. Traditionally, a neti pot can be used to irrigate the nasal passages, but this method is not practical with infants and children. Dr. Heatley has developed the Kids Mist™ , which features an easy-to-aim nozzle that does not need to be inserted into the nostril and that dispenses a very fine mist of a pre-measured dose of saline solution. Your little one can feel better in an instant and without the use of medication!

Now that kids are gearing up to go back-to-school, the SinuCleanse® Kids Mist™ is a wonderful option for families who want to stay healthy and fight colds and flu naturally. It is simple to use, and with each pump, an accurate, pre-measured dosage is delivered to your child’s delicate nasal passages for the relief of sinus congestion, discomfort, allergies, sinus headaches and more. The best part? The Kids Mist™ is cleverly designed to not touch the inside of the child’s nose when used, and it features an anti-back wash valve which prevents re-contamination! To learn how to use the SinuCleanse® Kids Mist™, you can view the instructional video on the website for a step-by-step guide.

Designed for infants and children through age 12, SinuCleanse® Kids Mist™ includes a three week supply of saline solution and can be found at drug stores and health food retailers nationwide or online at www.sinucleanse.com.

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For those seeking an alternative to sweetening their coffee, tea, cereal, and other beverages and foods with sweeteners that contain aspartame or other artificial ingredients, SUSTA™ Natural Sweetener is a great-tasting option! This new, all-natural sweetener contains fiber, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, orange peel and other natural extracts to sweeten things with a subtle, fruit taste.

With only five calories per packet, SUSTA™ Natural Sweetener helps to tame foods with a high glycemic index, which assists in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. You can use SUSTA™ when cooking and baking, as well as add it to drinks and beverages of your choice. For delicious recipe ideas that call for SUSTA™, visit the website – there are an array of tasty options, from French Silk Pie to Apple Raisin Bran Muffins!

To learn more about SUSTA™ Natural Sweetener, to locate a retailer near you, or to purchase online, please visit the website.

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