Mama Nibbles: Horizon Organic - Toolbox for Mom Giveaway Ends 10/18 @ 12:01 am EST

Horizon Organic - Toolbox for Mom Giveaway Ends 10/18 @ 12:01 am EST

In 2011 the USDA identified four key nutrients that are lacking in 
children’s diets to such an extent they have become a public health 
concern: calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and fiber. Besides these big four, 
many other nutrients are commonly under-consumed as well, including 
folate, magnesium, vitamins A, C, K and healthy fats such as the 
A new school year provides a great opportunity to teach kids how to make 
nutritious choices throughout the day. Whether starting the morning off 
with organic milk or packing school lunches with lots of fruits and veggies, making a conscious choice to focus on nutrition as kids return to the classroom can help contribute to healthy habits for the long term. Here are a few easy ideas to get you started at the grocery store

1. Organic Milk - With only 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 4 boys meeting their calcium needs, it's important to keep calcium-rich foods front and center in kids' diets. Organic milk, which is produced without the use of antibiotics, toxic synthetic pesticides or artificial growth hormones, is a great choice for lunchboxes or breakfast time. Horizon makes convenient single serve milk boxes that pack perfectly into lunchboxes and provide a nutrient-rich alternative to juice drinks and other nutrient-poor beverages. In addition, Horizon organic milk with DHA omega-3 is a good choice for breakfast beverages and paired with low-sugar, whole grain cereals. DHA omega-3 has been shown to support brain, heart and eye health.

 2. Whole Grain Bread - The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that at whole grains, so choosing whole grains for lunchbox sandwiches and wraps is a smart strategy to boost fiber and other important nutrients. One good choice is Rudi's Organic Bakery's 14 Grain Bread. With just three slices, you get the daily recommended allowance of whole grains.

3. Trail Mix Fixings - A variety of dried fruits (cherries, cranberries, raisins, dates), nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios) and cereal (look for those high in fiber and low in sugar) can combine into one hearty snack-on-the-go for kids. Plus, you can make an activity out of letting your kids create their very own one-of-a-kind mix.

4. Nut Butter - Peanut butter, almond butter, hazelnut butter - they're all great for lunchtime sandwiches or on toast for an after-school snack.

5. Hummus - This protein-packed spread comes in a wide variety of flavors and even in single-serve packs for kids on-the-go. You can try it as a dip for veggies and whole-grain crackers or as a spread on wraps and sandwiches as a nutritious alternative to mayonnaise or dressing.

6. Granola Bars - Granola Bars can be a lower-sugar, higher-fiber alternative to cookies and candy bars. They are also great as after-school or after-sports snacks. Look for granola bars made with whole grains and with 10 grams of sugar or less. One bar that fits this criteria is Annie's Organic Berry Berry Granola Bars. Each bar is packed with 8 grams of whole grain per serving, is certified organic and contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup. They're a perfect snack to replace high-sugar treats.

7. Turkey Breast - Turkey breast is low in fat and high in protein, and it can be a crowd pleaser in the lunchroom! You can also get creative with turkey as part of after-school snacks - think turkey and cheese roll-ups.

8. String Cheese - Cheese is a good calcium and protein. If your child isn't a meat eater, cheese is another high protein option for lunches and snack time. String cheese is a great way to help your kids play with their food by pulling apart the cheese - and they will love munching on it too.

9. Fruit, Fruit, Fruit - Apples, cherries, bananas, oranges, grapes - fruits are an important part of a well-balanced diet. Try and vary what you offer. Different fruits provide different nutrients. When looking for organic fruit options, check out Earthbound Farm, which offers a number of organic fruit products nationwide, ranging from apple slices to strawberries to grapes, citrus and blueberries.

10. Veggies, Veggies, Veggies - Veggies like carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, pea pods and cherry tomatoes are all great for lunchboxes and after-school snacks. Remember, the darker the veggie, the more nutritious it tends to be. To spice veggies up, you can think about serving them with a low fat salad dressing or hummus as dip. In addition to organic fruit, Earthbound Farm also offers a full range of organic veggie products.

The "Top 10 Best Back to School Foods" list is part of a "Horizon's Toolbox for Mom" Facebook application on Horizon's Facebook page. The toolbox contains news, offers and advice to support parents as the school year begins. It also has a lunchbox randomizer, which provides parents with ideas for healthy school lunches.

In addition to the "Horizon's Toolbox for Mom" application, Horizon has launched a "Healthy Families Back To School" online community where parents can connect on topics ranging from money-saving back to school tips to ideas for fun ways to get kids ready to head back to the classroom.

About Horizon Organic
Horizon is committed to providing great-tasting, organic dairy products that nourish families and build healthy foundations. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Horizon is proud to be an organic industry pioneer and the first company to supply organic milk nationally. Over the past 20 years, Horizon has grown to become not only the leading organic dairy brand in the U.S., but the largest national organic brand in the country. Today, Horizon works with more than 600 family farmers across the country to supply 94 percent of its organic milk. Horizon offers a delicious variety of certified organic dairy products made with simple ingredients and produced without the use of antibiotics, added growth hormones or pesticides. In an effort to protect the earth and its natural resources, Horizon offsets the energy used to produce its products with clean, renewable wind power. For more information about Horizon, visit Horizon is also on Facebook at and Twitter at

Disclaimer: Horizon provided me with free samples to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or offer a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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