The 2018 Back to School Essentials Awards


Back-to-school butterflies accompany the beginning of each new school year.

From grade school through college, it seems there’s always something to be anxious about. Kids worry about their test scores, their looks, and their athletic performance. Parents are concerned about nutrition.

Here, we showcase excellent products that can help smooth out the bumps of academic re-entry.


Food

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Carlson Kid’s Super Daily D3 + K2 liquid vitamin drops use vitamin K2 as MK-7 to direct calcium into bones. D3 and K2 are key nutrients in supporting strong bones and teeth.

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Eden Foods Organic Spicy Pumpkin Dry Roasted Seeds are low-sodium snacks with sass! Spices add zing to protein- and fiber-rich pepitas.

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Emmy’s Organics Vanilla Bean Coconut Cookies scored as “stellar” in our office taste tests. These paleo-friendly superfood bites have no artificial ingredients and are free of animal products, gluten, and soy.

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Flora Floradix Kinder Love Children’s Multivitamin Liquid Herbal Extract Formula gives kids the nutrients they need in an easy-to-digest, naturally sweetened formula.

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Late July Snacks Jalapeño Lime Tortilla Chips made with organic corn are so tasty that it’s hard to stop eating them! Do not leave children unattended around an open bag!

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MaraNatha Organic Raw Almond Butter tastes of nothing but wholesome nut flavor. Filling and a good source of protein.

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The teenage diet is woefully lacking in fish. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 2X Teen supports cognitive development, learning, and mood in ages 12 to 18. Easy-to-swallow mini softgels.

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Ready in just five minutes, NOW Foods Ellyndale Q Cups Organic Quinoa make great alternatives to midnight pizza for hungry college students. Fill up on protein and fiber with this convenient snack.

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Toast Rudi’s Organic Bakery Rocky Mountain Sourdough Bread, cover with your favorite spread, and you’ve got an “oh, baby!” breakfast experience.

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Stonyfield Organic Strawberry Beet Berry Whole Milk Yogurt pouches make wonderful portable snacks crammed with the goodness of fruit, vegetables, yogurt, and probiotics.

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Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey On the Go K Factor 16 helps soothe sore throats and coughs. Single-serve packets open cleanly, with no mess, and can be added to hot beverages or eaten on the go.

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Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast offers 12 grams of protein per serving of USDA Certified Organic, Certified Humane Raised and Handled free- range chicken fed nonGMO corn.

Accessories

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Klean Kanteen Insulated Kid Classic 12-ounce water bottle keeps drinks hot for 12 hours and iced for 40 hours—perfect for busy kids with afterschool activities.

Brain Support

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The teenage diet is woefully lacking in fish. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 2X Teen supports cognitive development, learning, and mood in ages 12 to 18. Easy-to-swallow mini softgels.

Bone Health

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Carlson Kid’s Super Daily D3 + K2 liquid vitamin drops use vitamin K2 as MK-7 to direct calcium into bones. D3 and K2 are key nutrients in supporting strong bones and teeth.

Immune Support

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American Health Ester-C kid stiks Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement makes supporting children’s immune health easy. Kids enjoy drinking these tasty, easy-to-mix formulas.

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Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients Children’s ACF Rapid Immune Recovery Immune Support combines elderberry, echinacea, vitamin C, and zinc to battle cold and flu season.

Multivitamin/Mineral

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Bluebonnet Nutrition Super Earth Rainforest Animalz Whole Food Based Multiple Animalz-Shaped Chewables delight children and supply vitamins and minerals made from superfruits and veggies.

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Flora Floradix Kinder Love Children’s Multivitamin Liquid Herbal Extract Formula gives kids the nutrients they need in an easy-to-digest, naturally sweetened formula.

Probiotics

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Wakunaga Kid’s Kyo-Dophilus Healthy Digestion & Immune Protection combines three strains of beneficial bacteria in one-a-day vanilla chewables.

Protein Shake

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PlantFusion Complete Protein Chocolate Shake delivers 21 grams of plant protein, 4,500 milligrams of branched chain amino acids, and digestive enzymes. Perfect for young athletes.

Vision Support

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Staring at computer screens increases free radical production. Twinlab Ocuguard Blutein Protection delivers clinically proven eye-supportive nutrients.

Stress

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Bach Kids Rescue Remedy is an alcohol-free homeopathic stress-relief formula for children based on the Bach Flower Remedy system.

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No one is exempt from anxiety during back-to-school time! EuroPharma Terry Naturally AnxioCalm is a clinically proven echinacea strain that can help with restless sleep, nervous tension, and stress.

Personal Care

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Acure Organics Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick uses nourishing ingredients like rosehip oil to make removing makeup a breeze. Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

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Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap All-In-1 is a true multitasker! It can be used as a facial cleanser, shaving cream, shampoo, and body wash. Certified Fair Trade ingredients.

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Herbatint Royal Cream Regenerating Conditioner uses natural ingredients and oils to revitalize and deeply nourish color-treated hair, for softness and shine.

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Lumineux Clean & Fresh Mouthwash uses essential oils, minerals from the Dead Sea, and xylitol to freshen breath and strengthen teeth.

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South of France Natural Body Care Lemon Verbena Foaming Hand Wash makes getting rid of germs a spa-like experience that leaves hands soft and clean.

Vitamin D3

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As the days grow shorter, it’s important that kids get enough vitamin D3. Natural Factors Big Friends Chewable Vitamin D3 delivers 400 IU for immunity support and bone health.

Wellness

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CV Sciences Plus +CBD Oil Drops Gold Formula Goji Blueberry delivers hemp-derived CBD oil to support the body’s endocannabinoid system for stressed college students.

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