5 Tips to Manage the Back-to-School Blues

5 Tips to Manage the Back-to-School Blues

September 12, 2016

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...]

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

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

September 06, 2016

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...]

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Fun Ways to Introduce More Fruits & Veggies to Your Kids

Fun Ways to Introduce More Fruits & Veggies to Your Kids

July 20, 2016

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...]

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

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

September 28, 2015

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...]

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School Is in Session and Germs are on Roll Call!

School Is in Session and Germs are on Roll Call!

September 15, 2014

School is back in session and that means your children will once again be exposed to more germs.  Being around more people means more contact with airborne and touch transmitted germs and infections.  There’s little you can do about the increase in germs around kids, but there are a few things that can help lessen the risk of germ-induced sickness. The best place to encourage healthy hygiene habits is at home. Explain to your kids how germs can make them sick and why they need to protect themselves through habits like hand washing. A fun learning trick one kindergarten teacher.... [Read More...]

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Back to School – Keeping the Kids Healthy

Back to School – Keeping the Kids Healthy

August 19, 2013

Back to school time means kids spend more time in close quarters with other kids where they’re exposed to the latest “flu” bug or virus that’s floating around. This adds up to an unhappy child, missed days from school, and missed work days for Mom or Dad. It’s impossible for kids to completely avoid exposure to infection-causing organisms, even if they wash their hands regularly and stay away from other children that are sick. Fortunately, kids have a natural defense against infection – a healthy immune system. What is immunity anyway? A child’s immune system consists of a complex network.... [Read More...]

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