5 Tips to Manage the Back-to-School Blues

The excitement builds as a new school year approaches, but whether you’re a teacher, parent or student, there is bound to be some stress, too. You don’t have to let that anxiety turn into full-blown back-to-school blues. Take a minute or two as the summer vacation ends to find ways to reduce stress and increase the fun factor. Consider five ways you might improve moods as school opens back up. 1. What Made This Summer Special? Reflecting on the memories you made this summer is one way to appreciate them as you head back to school. Make it a celebration…. [Read More…]

Fun and Healthy Yogurt-Based Snacks for Back-to School!

It’s back-to-school time once again! While most parents are rejoicing the return of normality to the household, there is the small matter of lunches, snack-time, and after-school treats – how do you keep the kids happy with healthy snacks, and keep it fresh & interesting for them? No surprise, we’re big fans of yogurt here at Natren – not least because for centuries it has been a healthy, functional food, offering a natural way to get some beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. We’ve put together a selection of healthy yogurt-based snack ideas on our Pinterest board for inspiration, and…. [Read More…]

Fun Ways to Introduce More Fruits & Veggies to Your Kids

School is out and the kids are home and hungry, what are you going to feed them? You want your kids to have a healthy relationship with food, but you also want them to enjoy life. The USDA dietary guidelines suggest half of their plates be filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, and that can lead to mealtime battles and lots of tears. Your job is to teach them that fruits and vegetables are just as fun as burgers and fries. The obsession with healthy eating starts at a young age and lasts a lifetime. You can encourage that progression…. [Read More…]

Four Fun Make-Ahead Yogurt Based Snacks for Back-to School!

Last month we wrote about Fun with Homemade Yogurt: Our Favorite Toppings, Tips & Recipes and how simple it is to make it yourself, not to mention cheaper and much healthier than the store bought versions. We realize not everyone has the time to make it themselves so be sure to read the labels carefully when you’re buying a store bought yogurt, as not all yogurt is healthy. Some of them are laden with sugar and preservatives and goodness knows what other chemicals. If you read our blog How Big Brands Turned Yogurt into Junk Food, you’ll have a better…. [Read More…]