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Back to school health essentials for moms

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Must-haves for healthy moms

Back to school means an accelerated and jam-packed schedule for moms. Instead of putting your health and fitness on the back burner in hopes of "some day" finding the time to work out and eat right, stock up on the following must-have diet and fitness items, which will help you stay on the fast track to health.

Zaggora Viva Hot Pants ($80)

Zaggora Viva HotPants ($80)

A favorite of fit 41-year-old Denise Richards, Zaggora Hot Pants are for women who need the maximum amount of calorie-burn when they exercise. HotPants increase core body temperature, which revs up metabolism, during and after exercise. According to Zaggora, research demonstrates an increase in energy expenditure during exercise by 6 percent and by 26 percent in the hour after exercise.

KLUTCHclub ($18 or less, depending on subscription plan)

KLUTCHclub ($18 or less, depending on subscription plan)

Moms barely have time to get to the grocery store much less peruse the aisles searching for power foods, green personal care products and fitness items. That's why every health-conscious mom needs a KLUTCHclub subscription. KLUTCHclub is a monthly service that sends a curated and themed box of holistic health, fitness and wellness products to your doorstep, making it a no-brainer to incorporate healthier choices with the latest and greatest products that suit every lifestyle. Expect great items, such as Kristin McGee's Power Yoga DVD, Moving Comfort fitness apparel (one of our favorites!), Barleans Organic Oils, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, KIND bars, Shea Terra Organics facial wash and more.

Angie Miller's Bedroom Body DVD ($15)

Angie Miller's Bedroom Body DVD ($15)

No time to get to the gym? No problem! Angie Miller's latest fitness DVD, Bedroom Body, is a core focused total body conditioning program that you can do at home. Featuring three 10- to 30-minute workouts — Buff Body Blast, Booty Burner and Core/Pelvic Floor — this fitness DVD also includes five pre-mixes to help you target trouble spots and give you shorter workout options when your schedule is especially jam-packed. In addition to fitting a workout into your day, think of all the time you save by not hustling to and from the gym.

Slice of Life Gummi Multi-Vitamins ($25)

Slice of Life Gummi Multi-Vitamins ($25)

Most people don't look forward to taking vitamins and will quickly opt to skip them if they are akin to horse pills or taste terrible. For the mom who optimizes everything in her day, including her supplements, Hero Nutritionals introduces Slice of Life Sugar Free Gummi Multi-Vitamin, the only great-tasting sugar-free gummi supplement on the market. Even better, these nutrient-packed gummi gems provide 50 to 100 percent of the daily value of the major vitamins and minerals and are completely natural and free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, gluten or other allergens.

Smart Mouth Advanced Clinical Formula Mouthwash ($14)

Smart Mouth Advanced Clinical Formula Mouthwash ($14)

On those hectic mornings you don't even have a moment to brush your teeth (it happens!), Smart Mouth has you covered. Be a halitosis-free mom with Smart Mouth mouth rinse, specially formulated to give you 12 hours of fresh breath as well as fend off the germs that cause plaque and gingivitis. What does this mean for you? Since we know you probably only get about five hours of sleep at night, if you brush and rinse before bed, you won't suffer from dreaded morning breath and can hit the door running without fretting over a missed teeth brushing.

Lily Herbceuticals Goji Berry Youth Restore Complex Firming Serum ($70)

Lily Herbceuticals Goji Berry Youth Restore Complex Firming Serum ($69)

What mom doesn't want to be beautiful? But slathering on a variety of beauty products eats up precious minutes on those crazy busy mornings. Save time and save face with this goji berry and green tea anti-aging serum that quickly nourishes skin, reduces wrinkles and promotes a smooth, silky appearance. You'll be able to feel the difference immediately and see results within two weeks.

Smart Wand Massager ($130)

Though moms deserve a weekly massage at the spa, most of us don't have the time, nor can afford it. That's where the Smart Wand all-over body massager comes to the rescue. The "smartest" massager on the market, this muscle-soothing device is cordless, rechargeable and waterproof — plus it features touch-sensor technology and eight individual massage patterns. Whether you're in the school parking lot waiting for the kids to get out of school or ending your day with a bubble bath, the Smart Wand can give you a mini-vacation of relief and relaxation.

Smart Wand Massager ($130)

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