The 2019 Back to School Essentials Awards

August launches back-to-school season! With it comes a combination of excitement mixed with nerves.

Whether you have a child entering elementary school, a busy teen continuing a high school career, or a college-bound young adult, consider preparing for their new starts with the following healthy products and helpful tools—all of which can help busy days go better.

Chow Time

Eden Foods Wild Berry Mix is a grab-and-go single serving of almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries and wild blueberries.

Enjoy Life Foods Breakfast Fruit & Oat Ovals are tasty and allergen-friendly with just the right amount of sweetness

Fuel up on Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Almond Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal—a great-tasting, sugar- and junk-free breakfast.

Happy Family Brands Happy Kid Organic Apple, Blueberry & Pomegranate Applesauce Pouches are perfect for school lunches. This applesauce pouch contains no added sweeteners.

Natural Traditions Roasted Baru Seeds taste just like peanuts, but they’re a nutrient-dense Brazilian legume that delivers protein, fiber, and nutrients.

NOW Foods Nutty Infusions Salted Caramel Cashew Butter is a taste sensation that pairs well with crackers, bread, celery, and apple slices.

Plant to Plate Roasted Vegetable Ravioli makes it fun to have veggies hidden in your food!

Stonyfield Organic Kids Lowfat Yogurt Tubes can be frozen and then thawed for a packable and convenient backpack snack. Just 3 grams of sugar per ounce.

Scrumptious right out of the bag, SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds are a highly nutritious and addicting way to up protein intake!

Teeccino Hazelnut Chicory Herbal Coffee Alternative is a delicious, caffeine- and acid-free coffee substitute for those who want to reduce their caffeine intake but still need their coffee flavor fix.

College Care Package

Emerald Labs Doctor-Formulated Deep Immune Health uses mushroom extracts—maitake and coriolus—combined with the herbs astragalus and turmeric to help strengthen immunity

Host Defense MycoBotanicals Brain Energy combines cognition-strengthening lion’s mane mushroom mycelium with the adaptogen eleuthero.

PlantFusion Complete Plant Keto Blend 1:1 Fats+Protein keeps you full and energetic. Plant protein is combined with good fats from coconut, avocado, MCT, and sea buckthorn.

Hungry students will love tasty RightRice. This blend of over 90 percent vegetables plus rice flour delivers 10 grams of high-fiber complete protein in just 10 minutes.

Wakunaga Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Stress & Fatigue Relief Formula 101 odorless capsules are a go-to for stressful days thanks to ingredients like GABA and B vitamins.

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Plus Vitality Adaptogen Blend Vanilla Almond with Sunflower Seedbutter contains maca, ashwagandha, and rhodiola for energy. Probiotics help support digestive and immune health.

Digestive Support

Nordic Naturals Nordic Flora Probiotic Pixies are an easy way to help keep kids’ digestive and immune systems running smoothly. Just tear open a packet of sugar-free powder and pour it on the tongue.

Growth & Development

Carlson Kid’s Chewable Iron is an effective alternative to expensive liquid iron supplements for children. Made with natural ingredients.


Life Line Foods Buried Treasure Children’s Complete Daily Vitamin & Mineral liquid provides 100 percent of the daily value of essential vitamins and minerals.

Flora Floradix Kinder Love Children’s Multivitamin Supplement is a liquid herbal extract formula rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Good source of calcium.

Immunity Support

American Health Ester-C Kidstiks Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement tropical punch flavor powder packets help ward off the illnesses that come with each new school year.

ChildLife Echinacea delivers organic extracts of Echinacea purpurea (leaf and flower) and Echinacea angustifolia (root) in natural orange flavor to help kids sail through cold and flu season.

Nature’s Way Fortify Kids Probiotics may help kids miss fewer school days, thanks to a blend of researched probiotics that help promote healthy immune function.

Ridgecrest Herbals ClearLungs Liquid is a pleasant orange-flavored Chinese herbal formula that works to clear up congestion from colds, allergies, and other respiratory difficulties.

Personal Care

Kirk’s 3-in-1 Head to Toe Nourishing Cleanser works on the face, body, and hair. A little goes a long way with this super-hydrating, fresh-smelling soap.

Give kids a fresh start with Woobamboo! Kid’s Toothbrushes. Made with biodegradable bamboo and super-soft, high-quality bristles.

School Supplies

Klean Kanteen’s Kid Kanteen line delights with images of dragons, unicorns, sharks, and dinosaurs! Liquids stay at the right temperature for hours.

Soyoung Olive Fox Grade School Backpack is an endearing school tool made from flax-derived eco-linen. Machine washable, it’s as durable as it is cute!

Vision Support

Bluebonnet Targeted Choice EyeCare AREDS2 + BLUE contains all the eye-protecting nutrients recommended by the National Eye Institute. Protects against the blue light emitted by screens.