A Focus on Grab ‘n’ Go Snacks A Closer Look at... Healthy Sweet Treats School cafeterias continue to adjust to the new school meal nutrition standards and now, with the recent publication of a proposed rule for competitive foods, will begin planning for more changes. While waiting to see the long-term implications of these rules on participation, many districts and schools turn to a la carte and snack service for needed revenue. Consider the options available from Otis Spunkmeyer. The baked goods supplier offers a line designed specifically for K-12 school nutrition operations. The Delicious Essentials line of cookie dough and muffins can help increase both meal participation and a la carte sales while staying compliant with nutrition requirements. All items are made with 51% or more whole grains and with no more than 30% of calories from fat and no more than 10% from saturated fat. Products include Banana, Apple Cinnamon and Wild Blueberry Muffins, as well as frozen cookie dough in Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and Sugar varieties. The company has produced the Sweeten Your Profits snacking guide to help operators develop savvy snack strategies. To learn more about the Delicious Essentials line or request a copy of the guide, visit www.spunkmeyer.com or call (888) 275-6847. Go With Yogurt School nutrition operators can keep on-the-go snack options healthy with snack-size cups of yogurt. General Mills Foodservice has added Yoplait® Greek Yogurt 4-oz. cups to its line of yogurt options for K-12 foodservice. The product has twice the protein as the brand’s non-Greek yogurt, meets requirements for one meat alternate and comes in Honey Vanilla and Strawberry flavors. Also available from General Mills Foodservice is Yogurt ParfaitPro Greek yogurt. To learn more, visit www.generalmillsfoodservice.com or call (800) 882-5252. Pack to Go ConAgra Foodservice makes Snack Pack® pudding and gels available for school nutrition programs in single-portion, 3.5-oz. containers. Gels come in Strawberry and OrangeStrawberry flavors, while puddings can be ordered in Vanilla, Chocolate, Fat-free Vanilla, Fat-free Chocolate, Butterscotch and Tapioca flavors. Find out more by calling (800) 357-6543 or visiting www.conagrafoodservice.com. Applesauce Plus Available from National Food Group are its Unsweetened Applesauce line and its Get Vertical Bars. The applesauce contains 100% vitamin C and 50 calories per cup and is equivalent to 1⁄2 cup of fruit. Applesauce flavors include Groovy Grape, Pear, Strawberry Banana and Super Sour Apple. Get Vertical Bars are whole-grain fruit snack bars with high fiber and low sodium; flavors include Cinnamon Crisp, Berry Apple Crisp and Cocoa Raisin. To find out more, visit www.nationalfoodgroup.com or call (800) 886-6866. Go for the Grain For a whole-grain snack option for your students, try SuperPretzel® WholeGrain Soft Pretzels, from J&J Snack Foods. The pretzels contain 51% whole-grain flour, offer up to 4 grams of fiber and come in multiple sizes and shapes, including rods, nuggets and traditional. For seasonal promotions, consider FunShape® options, including hearts, shamrocks and pumpkins. Also available from J&J Snack Foods is Minute Maid Soft Frozen Orangeade, made with real fruit juice. It provides 100% RDA of vitamin C and comes in resealable 12-oz. cups. For details, visit www.jjsnackfoodservice.com or call (888) 557-6225. Get Your Squeeze On Del Monte Squeezable Fruit® Tubes and Squeezable Fruits and VeggiesTM Tubes can help school nutrition professionals increase student fruit and vegetable intake. Each tube is shelf stable for up to 18 months. The Fruit Tube comes in Apple Cinnamon, Mixed Berry and Strawberry flavors, and the Fruits and Veggies Tube flavors are Peach Mango, Blueberry and Apple Spice. Operators can receive a rebate on products purchased by June 30, 2013. For more information, visit www.delmontefoods.com/foodservice or call (800) 463-8932. The Bright Side Colorful Sidekicks from Ridgefield’s make for a sweet, smooth-frozen, 100% fruit-juice snack, made without added sugar. Flavors include Blue Raspberry-Lemon, StrawberryMango and Kiwi-Strawberry, all made without red dyes. The product meets Alliance for a Healthier Generation guidelines. Ridgefield’s is offering a $3-per-case menu rebate on every case used through June 30, 2014. For more information, call (800) 800-2269, ext. 6, or e-mail email@example.com. Takes the ’Cake Naturally sweetened, whole grain-rich Aunt Jemima® Mini Pancakes from Pinnacle Food Service are made with real eggs, milk and whole-grain flour and without high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or preservatives. The pancakes come individually wrapped in two flavors, Blueberry Blast and Cinnamon Roll, making them an option for grab ‘n’ go, in-classroom service or a la carte lines. Each pouch=2.0 Grain oz. eq. For more information, visit foodservice.pinnaclefoods.com, call (866) 816-7313 or contact a Pinnacle Food Service sales representative. No Nuts? No Problem! Does your school or district have a nut-free policy in place to protect students with allergies? Consider menuing Skeeter Snacks, nut-free cookies available in Chocolate Cubed, Chocolate Chunk, Golden Oatmeal and Skeeter Doodle varieties. Skeeter Snacks were created specifically for children with a dietary sensitivity to peanuts. To learn more about the line, visit www.skeetersnacks.com. Snack of Champions For a protein-packed snack for students on the go, Chobani Greek Yogurt introduces its Chobani ChampionsTM Tubes, no spoon required. Made from real fruit, the Greek yogurt comes in four flavors—Strawberry, Blueberry, Strawberry Banana and Cherry—and provides 5 grams of protein, along with calcium and vitamin D. For schools, Chobani Champions Tubes comes in 8-,16- and 32-count boxes. To learn more, visit www.chobanichampions.com or call (877) 847-6181. Sunsational PepsiCo offers school nutrition operations a whole-grain snack mix with its Frito-Lay SunTM Morning Mix-ups. The blend of four crunchy snacks and cereals meets HealthierUS School Challenge criteria for competitive foods and provides two grains/ breads servings. The product can serve as a morning snack or a healthy vending option for afternoon or afterschool snacking. Morning Mix-ups are available in Apple Cinnamon flavor in 1.5-oz. singleserve bags. To learn more, visit www.fritolay.com. Muff Have Snacks Sara Lee Foodservice, a division of Hillshire Brands, offers a line of Sara Lee® muffins for morning or afternoon snacks and meals. The muffins are made of whole grain, individually wrapped and provide a 1-oz. grain equivalent. They can be delivered in bulk and are available in Banana, Blueberry and Double Chocolate varieties. To get more information, visit www.saraleefoodservice.com or call (800) 682-7272. Go Green Crispy Green’s FruitziO Kiwi Fruit freeze-dried fruit snacks feature a unique sweet-tart flavor along with a light crunch. Packaged in a moisture-free, resealable pouch for a 36-month shelf life, the product contains natural fruit fiber and provides 80% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C per serving. The full FruitziO line is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, peanutand tree nut-free and Koshercertified. Other FruitziO flavors include Strawberries and Apples, Apricots, Peaches and Strawberries. For more information about the line, call (973) 679-4515 or visit www.crispygreen.com. Snack Attack Offer your student customers a twist on an old favorite with AdvancePierreTM Foods’ Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Graham SnackersTM. The handheld product is individually wrapped for kids on the go. Choose from regular or wholegrain graham wafers; the latter is rich in whole grains and a good source of fiber and protein, along with iron, vitamins B and E and magnesium. More information about Graham Snackers can be found at www.advancepierre.com, or call (888) 723-8237. Fruit Frenzy If you’re looking for a grab ‘n’ go fruit option for your students, Fruit Bowls from Dole Foodservice may fit the bill. The bowls are 100% fruit juice, provide 1⁄2 cup serving of fruit and come in six varieties: Mandarin Orange, Mixed Fruit, Peaches, Pineapple, Pears and Tropical Fruit. The product is shelf stable and ready to serve at room temperature or chilled. Find out more at (800) 723-9868 or www.dolefoodservice.com. Horn of Plenty The search for an allergen-free potato chip substitute is over! Plentils, chips made from lentils, offer a crunchy glutenfree snack, free from the eight most common allergens, including eggs, dairy and nuts. Plentils come in four flavors—Light Sea Salt, Margherita Pizza, Garlic & Parmesan and Dill & Sour Cream—and each serving has 130 calories and 6 grams of fat. To learn more, visit www.plentils. com or www.enjoylifefoods.com. Go to Town Muffin Town Snack’N Loaves come in 2-oz. individually wrapped packages and are ready to serve after thawing. An assortment of flavors is available, including Cranberry, Apple Cinnamon, Cherry, Carrot, Peach and Banana. Get additional details by visiting www.muffintown.com or calling (617) 846-1565. Snacking Solutions On the hunt for snacks to offer to your students when they’re on the go? Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods offers a large assortment of snack products, including tortilla chips (featuring Tostado, Restaurant-style and Nacho Cheese varieties), corn chips (Diggins, Plain and Nacho varieties), popcorn (Original, Cheese, Caramel, White Cheddar and Triple Mix varieties), pretzels (Minis and Sticks shapes) and more. Discover more at www.barrelofunsnacks.com or by calling (800) 346-4910. Mile High Marathon® Smart StuffTM Bars Powered by Snickers® from MARS Foodservices contain eight vitamins and minerals and are available in Crunchy Multi-Grain, Crunchy Chocolate Crisp, Crunchy Honey Graham and Crunch Trail Mix varieties. The product provides 5 grams of whole grains and contains no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners. The Smart Stuff Bars meet the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s General Competitive Food Guidelines for Snacks. To find out more, visit www.marsfoodservices.com or call (800) 432-2331. Greek Chic Want to give your students the added protein of Greek yogurt without the excess fat? Try Dannon Foodservice’s Light & Fit® Greek yogurt. At 80 calories per 5.3-oz. serving, this healthy snack offers a double dose of calcium and protein. The product comes in vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, cherry and peach flavors and is available in an individual grab ‘n’ go size or bulk 32-oz. containers. Visit www.dannonfoodservice.com or call (914) 872-8400 for more information. Take a Chip Popcorn, Indiana makes Chipins, a line of all-natural popcorn chips, available to school nutrition operations. The whole-grain, gluten-free snack comes in Sea Salt, Jalapeño Ranch, Hot Buffalo Wing and White Cheddar, as well as Classic BBQ, a new flavor. The chips are low in fat and contain no cholesterol. All varieties contain 0 or 1 g of sugar. Visit www.popcornindiana.com or call (800) 707-4444 for more information. Gotta Love It Love and Quiches Desserts presents its Rainbow Brownie sprinkled with candy-coated milk chocolate pieces. The product is part of the company’s Gourmet Grab & Go® line of individually wrapped snacks, which also includes Triple Chocolate Brownies, Blondie Cookies and Classic Walnut Brownies. The snack bars are shipped frozen, have a 60-day shelf life after thawing and come with four merchandisers per case. For more information, visit www.loveandquiches.com or call (800) 525-5251.
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