Today we are excited to have Amanda Keefer of Produce for Kids share these healthy grab-n-go breakfast ideas. You will love having these go-to recipes on those busy mornings. Enjoy!

I can almost guarantee when you ask a parent what time of the day is most stressful, they will answer with a unanimous “morning!” It’s quite a feat to get kids up and moving, dressed and to school on time. For many of us, we are also attempting to get ourselves out the door and to the office on time as well. Add the pressure of fitting a healthy breakfast into the mix, and it all becomes too much.

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Apr, 2015

Hello!Pepto hygiene

We know you want your kids to practice good hygiene! In addition to healthy eating, getting plenty of exercise and rest, The OrganWise Guys want all kids to make sure they are making smart choices when it comes to proper hygiene. This includes keeping clean with regular showers and brushing their teeth at least twice daily. We even have a special coloring sheet you can download below to remind your kids how important it is to brush their teeth.

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Until we meet again,

Pepto

 

P.S. If you are looking for a fun book to teach your kids about fresh breath and the importance of brushing your teeth, make sure to check out, It’s a Teethday Party!

National Garden Month

Happy National Garden Month! We certainly are enjoying the Spring weather and in honor of it being National Garden Month, we wanted to share some gardening tips and resources for you. Gardening is a great way to bring together family as there are so many ways to get the kids involved. It’s a perfect opportunity to have the conversation with your kids about healthy eating.

First, here are three simple gardening tips:

Tip 1: Reap the benefits. 

Gardening provides fresh air, exercise and results in healthy fruits and vegetables to eat!

Tip 2: Build a container garden.

You can successfully grow a variety of vegetables and herbs in a small space using a pot with holes on the bottom.

Tip 3: Start with herbs.

Place a pot in a sunny spot and plant herbs like rosemary and basil to add a fresh taste to your meals.

 

Next, to get you in the spirit, watch this fun gardening video from The OrganWise Guys:

Now, make sure and download this OrganWise garden-themed coloring sheet for the kids:

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Lastly, check out our OrganWise gardening resources and be sure to follow our GardenWise pin board on Pinterest for additional tips and fantastic gardening ideas!

Happy Gardening!

Nutrition Education

We recently received a Facebook message from Hope Dennis, a University of Illinois Extension agent in Crawford County. She shared this with us:

“I have got to say … I love THIS program. I do programs for Kindergarten through 2nd-graders in my local schools including the OWG program. The kids LOVE IT! We impact families, too! Just yesterday, I received this note in the mail. I don’t even know the family. How nice for the mom to take the time and send a card. See? Your program is making a difference. And this card is for YOU too! ”

Hope Dennis Thank You

 

Thank you to Hope Dennis for making an impact on these kids and their parents! We rely on people like you to help get the message out there and it looks like you are doing a fine job of it! Nutrition education is key in fighting this childhood obesity epidemic!

In April, nuts are an OrganWise Guys Foods of the Month. Not only do nuts taste great, they also have zero cholesterol. The majority of fat in healthy nuts is the good kind of fat, but you should still be conscious of limiting your intake (about 1 oz. or ¼ cup is the typical serving size). Get more healthy nuts in your diet by adding them to dinner, an often overlooked meal for this food. See how with these “nutty” recipe ideas! Continue reading

Hi ya!Hardy Heart Memories

Spring Break doesn’t just have to be about taking a vacation. Spending quality time at home together as a family can be just as fun. Take a few days off work and go through old family photographs and boxes of keepsakes to share special memories with your kids. The stories and memories the kids will gain from this quality time together will last a lifetime.

Make sure and read to your kids Hardy’s story about making memories with his family. You can get a FREE activity sheet and coloring sheet to coincide with Hardy’s story, too!

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Have a great day,

Hardy Heart

 

Hola amigos,Madame Muscle Sunscreen

Spring break is here! A vacation to the beach is a great opportunity to teach your kids how important it is to apply sunscreen.

Make sure and let your kids know it is vital to reapply sunscreen when spending long periods of time in the sun and water. Remind them that even if it isn’t very sunny out, and clouds are in the sky, they can still get a sunburn!

Click on the link below to access a FREE and fun coloring sheet reminding kids to apply sunscreen!  Oh and make sure to share this with all of your friends so their kids can be safe in the sun, too!

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Madame Muscle

 

Gardening - lovely girl planting sunflowerIt’s not only Spring, it’s time to celebrate National Garden Month! Gardening with kids is fun and it also can nurture habits of exercise and healthy eating with lessons about soil (food for plants), and water. Using recycled containers and pots, both indoors or outdoors, are good ways to get started. You don’t need the greenest thumb to start. Growing plants are almost fool-proof if you have seeds or plants, healthy soil or compost, sunshine, and water. Follow the directions on seed packages or get help from the store where you purchase your plants. When gardening with kids, it is best to choose plants that are easy to grow, have a short growing season, and are fun to eat and harvest.

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Kidney Brothers Drinking WaterTo help your children learn more about the importance of keeping their bodies hydrated, we have created two fun and FREE activity sheets for kids.

Did you know that drinking water is an important component of an OrganWise, healthy body? Be sure to drink at least 8 cups of water a day, especially as the weather warms up. The more you offer this ice cold beverage to your children instead of sugary alternatives, the more likely they are to select it when making choices outside of the home.

Click on the links below to access our free drinking water activities. We have combined the importance of drinking water and addition in a fun activity sheet and have a water-inspired, coloring sheet for the younger kids.

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Later, The Kidney Bros.

 

 

Wellness Wednesday stacked

OrganWise Andrew here! I’m back with an all new activity that you may want to add to your exercise repertoire! I was fortunate enough to have a trampoline in my backyard throughout my childhood. While there was plenty of fun to be had on one trampoline, I had heard stories of trampoline parks that contained wall-to-wall trampolines. It only took me 25 years to find one, but I finally did. Here in Georgia, there are several chains of trampoline parks that not only have wall-to-wall trampolines, they even have trampolines ON the walls!

I was excited to get jumping and, while l felt like a kid again, the stamina was certainly not where it once was. This was the most exhausting activity I’ve done since playing team sports! While I was bouncing I didn’t realize how tired I was. However, once I stopped, it would hit me like a ton of bricks. Windy, the lungs was struggling! This made me realize that I need to make sure I pamper Windy and Madame Muscle a whole lot more by taking them out to exercise. I never realized just how good a trampoline could be for my health!

I would love to hear more about how you take care of Windy, the lungs and Madame Muscle. Will you share with me your activities so I may try them?

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