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Fresh Ideas for Healthy School Lunch Snacks

Healthy School Lunch Snack IdeasSchool lunches. It’s always such a challenge to find snacks for school lunches that are healthy and your kids will eat. We know how hard it is. So the folks at McGonigle’s have come up with some healthy snack ideas that will keep your kiddos satisfied without all the fat and sugar. Instead of chips and snack cakes, check out this list of 10 great options:

  1. Apples and peanut butter
  2. Baby carrots and hummus
  3. Greek yogurt – they can even make yogurt cups
  4. Freeze-dried fruit – McGonigle’s label pineapple, papaya, or mango
  5. Rice cakes
  6. Applesauce
  7. Hard-boiled eggs
  8. Whole-grain crackers or nutcrackers
  9. Cheese cubes
  10. Grapes

Three More Healthy Lunch Options You Can Make at Home

We know you’re busy, but these are some options you can make in bulk at home and have enough to last for a couple of weeks worth of lunch snacks. Try them out when you get a hot minute in the kitchen. The first one doesn’t even require cooking!

Homemade Trail Mix

Instead of pre-packaged granola bars that are mostly oats or puffed rice, your kids can make their own trail mix made with nuts, seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, and/or dark chocolate chips. The nuts provide protein for long-lasting energy but they don’t get all the extra sugar. Letting them make their own mix means they won’t get anything they don’t want mixed in…they might actually eat it.

Roasted Chickpeas or Edamame

Whole chickpeas or edamame have way more fiber and vitamins than chips. Roast them in the oven with a little vegetable oil spray and sea salt until they’re crunchy. Don’t have time? You can buy The Good Bean Sea Salt Flavor Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas ($16 for 18 ounces) or Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame ($21 for 12 4-ounce pouches). Both are available at amazon.com.

Try Popcorn Instead of Crackers

Popcorn is a whole grain, while crackers, even those made from whole wheat or ancient grains, are a processed food. And because popcorn is filled with fiber, it’s a filling snack that really satisfies.

Whole Wheat White Bread

If your kids are picky about their bread, this is a great way to sneak in some whole grains. White whole-wheat bread is made from the whole grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) similar to that of regular whole-wheat bread. The difference between white whole-wheat bread and regular whole-wheat bread is in the type of wheat used. White whole-wheat bread is made from white wheat, which lacks bran color. It also has a milder flavor and softer texture. Regular whole-wheat bread is made from red wheat, which is darker in color. It has a slightly bitter taste and a coarser texture. So even though both types of bread are made with whole grains, they have a different color, taste, and texture. Check the label to make sure it is made with white wheat.


The Top 5 Kid Favorite Deli Meats

Kid Favorite Deli MeatsDon’t forget, McGonigle’s deli carries lots of fresh deli meat for something great to put between those slices of bread.  Don’t forget we also do a featured sandwich every day. Give us a call and we can tell you what it is.

Boar’s Head Honey Turkey

One of our most popular choices, Boar’s Head meat, is a tender, lean turkey breast, with the perfect balance of sweetness flavor to add great taste to a classic turkey sandwich. Try pairing it with one of our artisanal cheeses from Boar’s Head for a well-rounded meal.

Boar’s Head Black Forest Ham

Forget your “regular” ham sandwich and ham it up with our Boar’s Head Black Forest selection. This delicately smoked meat can be cut to your child’s liking. We recommend piling it on rye bread with turkey and mayo for a meat-packed sandwich. Does your child love salads too? Toss some on top for flavor and protein.

Pastrami

Besides cold cuts, we also carry delicious pastrami that’s perfectly brined and combined with savory herbs and spices before it’s smoked. If you get hungry while shopping, ask us to whip up a pastrami sandwich to go!

Genoa Salami

Get a taste of authentic Italian meat with our Genoa salami. Fresh trimmed pork combined with regional spices and seasoning is the ideal complement to cheese, and crackers or eat it alone for a quick side treat.

Prosciutto

Our delicious and wonderfully thin sliced prosciutto is a fan favorite for its versatility. It’s perfect for kids – and you – because prosciutto is great on sandwiches, in salads, or wrap it around cantaloupe for the perfect sweet and salty snack.

Looking to try our other crowd-pleasing deli options? See our Deli meats here. Come on down to McGonigle’s Market today to stock up on deli meats for school lunches. We’re located on the corner of Ward Parkway and 79th Street.

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