Back To School Lunch Ideas at The Market

It’s that time of year again!

The kids are going back to school, schedules are getting full, and families are again tasked with prepping lunches before the day starts. If your kiddos are getting tired of the same old PB&J every day, here are a few healthy, unique (but easy!) ideas for their lunch boxes. 

Write down your favorites and stock up on all you need to make them happen at The Market nearest you!

MAIN:

DIY Lunchables (Meat + Cheese + Whole Wheat Crackers)

Turkey + Cheese Roll-ups

Cheese Quesadilla

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Meat + Cheese “Kabobs” (Use a toothpick!)

Pita Chips + Guacamole

Veggie + Hummus Wrap

FRUITS + VEGGIES:

Oranges

Apples

Strawberries

Grapes

Peaches

Blueberries

Raspberries

Melon

Baby Carrots

Cucumbers

Grape Tomatoes

SIDES and SNACKS:

Pretzels

Granola Bars

String Cheese

Yogurt

Trail Mix

Fruit Leather

Fruit Cup

The Officially Unofficial Way To Pick a Perfect Avocado

Avo-ca-don’t you love a good avocado?

Considered a “superfood” by many, avocados are loaded with healthy fats and are creamy and tasty, as well as highly versatile. They are also high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. 

However, we know it can be tricky to know which ones are ripe when you’re browsing the produce aisles at The Market. So, we thought we’d share a quick and easy guide for you all to keep in mind next time you’re doing your grocery shopping.

  1. Look at the Color

Is the skin of the avocado green? Dark green to nearly black? Most ripe avocados will have a skin color that is dark green to nearly black, but be sure to know which variety you are buying as colors may vary based on the strain of avocado.

  1. Do the “Press Test’

Press down on the avocado lightly (about the same amount of pressure you’d use to click a mouse) on the top by the stem. If it gives easily but retains its shape, the avocado is ready to eat. If it won’t budge, it’s not yet ripe, and if your finger leaves a dent, the avocado is likely overripe and could be brown inside.

  1. Check the Stem

Lightly flick the small stem off the fruit, to see if it comes off easily. If it does and you can see green underneath, the avocado is ripe. If it does not come off easily or you see brown underneath, the avocado is not yet ripe, or it’s overripe.

So, there you have it. It’s as easy as one-two-three with these few simple reminders. Guacamole, here we come. 

P.S. Because we really like you, here’s our go-to guac recipe:

Ingredients

2 avocados 

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 ripe tomato, chopped

1 lime, juiced

salt and pepper to taste

Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. 

Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. 

Season with remaining lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. 

Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.

Empower Your Family’s Health With Fresh Produce

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” 

Chances are you’ve heard this phrase multiple times throughout your life, but have you ever thought to stop and consider why an apple might be beneficial enough to your health to “keep the doctor away”? 

Fresh produce is full of vitamins, calories, and other nutritious benefits that will help you support your immune system, sustain your energy and metabolism and accomplish the things you pursue in life. 

Here are a few of the most common produce items you can find at The Market and what they do for your body:

1. Apples

Apples are very filling and make the perfect snack if you find yourself hungry between meals as they are high in fiber. They also boast high levels of vitamin C and numerous antioxidants. 

2. Avocados

Avocados are loaded with healthy fats instead of carbs, are creamy and tasty, and high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.

3. Bananas

Bananas are high in vitamin B6 and fiber and one of the best sources of potassium.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are not only delicious but also among the most powerful sources of antioxidants in the world.

5. Oranges

Oranges are well known for their vitamin C content, but did you know that they’re also high in fiber and antioxidants?

6. Strawberries

Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, fiber, and manganese and are arguably among the most delicious foods in existence.

7. Asparagus

Low in both carbs and calories, asparagus is also loaded with vitamin K.

8. Bell peppers

Crunchy and sweet bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C.

9. Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins C and K and contains a decent amount of protein compared with other vegetables.

10. Carrots

Carrots are loaded with nutrients like fiber and vitamin K. They are also very high in carotene antioxidants, which have numerous benefits (including increased eye health!).

11. Cucumber

Cucumbers are low in both carbs and calories, consisting mostly of water, but they contain a number of nutrients like vitamin K.

12. Garlic

Garlic may not be great for your breath, but it’s incredibly healthy for you. It is full of bioactive organosulfur compounds that have powerful biological effects, including improved immune function).

13. Kale

Kale has become increasingly popular because it’s incredibly high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and a number of other nutrients.

14. Onions

Onions, like garlic, contain a number of bioactive compounds believed to have health benefits.

15. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are usually categorized as a vegetable, although they are technically a fruit. They are tasty and loaded with nutrients like potassium and vitamin C.