Three words every busy parent loves when it’s mealtime: grab and go. Five words that are even better? Snap Kitchen is now open. The Texas market known for healthy takeout has opened three stores in Chicago, with a Naperville location on the way soon. With a ton of creative —and kid-friendly! — options for breakfast, lunch and dinner you can make “cooking” as easy as dropping in the store on your way back from the playground, work or the gym.

What’s the Deal?
Snap Kitchen is coming in strong, with a Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Loop location opening nearly simultaneously in the past two weeks. That’s good news for Chicago parents who need a break from cooking, or just want to introduce their kids to something healthy and new. The concept is simple: A long refrigerated case holds around 50 meal and snack options; they change seasonally and are created by chefs with the advice of dietitians. Nearly everything is gluten free and many options are Paleo. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting because all the ingredients are listed out and even have sticker codes indicating if they’re low-salt, carb conscious, plant powered and more.

Everything is portion controlled and available in small, medium and large sizes. Pick your pleasure and take it home and microwave if indicated. The food is sold in BPA-free, microwave safe bowls, so it really couldn’t get any easier.

How ‘Bout That Food?
Mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken nuggets aren’t a thing here. The food is nice-restaurant quality, creative, and made with local ingredients used whenever possible. Think spinach and goat cheese scramble, grass-fed bison quinoa hash, Malaysian veggie curry, ginger-glazed chicken and oven-dried tomato and goat cheese tarts.  A special kids’ section has stuff littles flip for, like spaghetti and turkey “Bolognese” (made with ground turkey and brown rice spaghetti) and chicken and butternut squash macaroni.

Cold-pressed juices are available, too. Pick up a watermelon juice or Chai cashew “milkshake” (actually dairy free) — and grab a simple snack like Mediterranean chickpeas to go along with it.

Anything Else?
Because quick and easy is the name of the game here, there are perks like curbside pickup — just call ahead and they’ll have your order ready outside for you. If you have time to linger inside, there are dietitians on staff who can consult on health needs or even answer your picky-eater questions.

It’s just the kind of goodness Chicago needs and loves. So grab your stroller and pop right over.

Snap Kitchen
621 W. Diversey Pkwy.
1534 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park
211 W. Adams St.
The Loop

What do you think of this new takeaway oasis? Let us know in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon

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