Made in California from recycled plastic milk jugs—high-density polyethelene, or HDPE, considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics—these simple, retro toys (stacking cups, cars and trucks, play kitchenware) are sturdy, fun—and vastly more gratifying to buy than new plastic junk! I love the Wallace-and-Grommit-esque styling of the chunky vehicles, especially the fire truck.
Here’s a great new option from a mompreneur: dried, certified organic baby food in convenient, feather-light pouches. Quick-drying fruits and vegetables (peas, butternut squash, apple, and sweet potato) preserves more phytochemicals and other nutrients than the sometimes high heat used for cooked jarred foods. The single-serving pouches are eco-friendly to transport to stores (a box of eight weighs less than one jar of baby food)—and easy to throw in your purse for a trip to the playground or the airport. Mix the powder with water, breast milk, or formula; for older kids, stir a bit into yogurt or pasta.
Pure, safe ingredients—at an affordable price. Debuting in April, longtime green advocate Lynda Fassa offers chemical-averse parents baby body care products that bring peace of mind at a reasonable price—hypoallergenic, tear-free, vegan, packaged in postconsumer recycled plastic, with pure, natural scents. Plus, it’s free of all the nasty stuff: synthetic fragrances, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, and petrochemicals. Fave pick: Smooth Me Detangler.
If your kids have pleaded for gummy "fruit" snacks, here's a much better alternative. Packaged in an eco-friendly way, these yummy treats are made with organic fruits that are "blast" frozen to preserve nutrients and enzymes, and "boosted" with acai and superfruit powder.
I saw lots of baby food pouches at Expo West—Happy Baby pioneered them and UK brands Peter Rabbit and Ella’s were there this year. They are all nutritious, convenient options for busy and out-and-about moms. Earth’s Best is the only one adding yogurt to fruit to make a portable smoothie for the toddler crowd. At 4.2 ounces, it’s a full serving as defined by the ADA, and is an excellent source of vitamins C and D and calcium.
My kids love this multivitamin powder—and I love dumping it into their water bottles as we head out the door for school. Also available in as an adult or prenatal formula, Children's Oxylent provides 800 IU vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C for a solid immune boost, and bioavailable, chelated calcium and magnesium for growing muscles and bones.
This is a high-quality companion to a good multivitamin for kids older than 4. An effervescent creamy-orange flavored powder you add to water, it’s an easy sell with kids who eschew soft gels; it’s shelf-stable and convenient when you’re on the go. Best of all the ingredients: purity-tested cod liver oil (a healthy, more effective dose of 240mg EPA and 260mg brain-supporting DHA), immune-boosting vitamin D3, herbal stevia sweetener, and no gelatin or artificial additives.
Parents had plenty of new, healthy foods, drinks, and baby and kid products to choose from at Natural Products Expo West 2011. From dried baby food to recycled plastic trucks, here are seven favorites.
Processed food in a plastic pouch is neither nutritious nor safe. Who would feed their kids this?
My children love the omega-3 effervescent from Nordic Naturals. The packet is not plastic nor is this a food. It's a microencapsulated omega-3 drink from one of the most reputable companies in the industry for purity, freshness and taste.
do not make your children suffer, gross product, tastes disgusting, clumps when mixed in water
We use this powder for our kids. They love to fill a water bottle and add the powder themselves. Vitamins and Energy...Great for Colorado outdoor play. Thanks for making a great product.
Finally, a quality choice to the effervescents on the market. My children really like the taste and to watch it fizz up. It is low in sugar but still has a zingy sweet flavor that satisfies their craves for a sugary treat. Thank you Oxylent. I am so happy my kids are getting their essential vitamins and nutrients! Great product!!!
I LOVE the Omega-3 Effervescent by Nordic Naturals. It is a tasty refreshing drink I usually take around 3pm - and gives me the burst of energy I used to rely on caffeine for. You can really feel the difference when you take this product. I think it's great for adults too!
My 4 year old LOVES Oxylent! No lunch time is complete without this awesome alternative to sweet juices. She loves the taste and the fizzy fun, and I love knowing she is getting all the essential vitamins and minerals she needs for her mind and body to grow strong. Even better, the packets are of the perfect size and shape for my "can-do" kid to do all the mixing her self! Oxylent is a big win for everyone in our family!
Thank you for such a great article. We will make sure that we push to our social media and pass the word. Go Oxylent!