Oh, I know eating healthy is hard. Between midterms, part-time jobs, internship applications, and the frat party you obviously have to go to, a frozen pizza sounds so much easier than a balanced meal. Not to mention that fresh produce tends to be on the expensive side and expires quickly.
The team at Snap Kitchen understands the struggles of a busy schedule and has created an easy, inexpensive way to eat healthy, organic food on the go. Snap carries a variety of grab-n’-go microwaveable meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time made with fresh ingredients. The meals are portion controlled into small, medium, and large sizes, so you can pick the serving size that fits you best.
Snap Kitchen prides itself on its use of fresh, local, organic ingredients. There’s nothing on the ingredient list that you can’t pronounce (except maybe quinoa) so you can be confident that you are only consuming “good for you” things.
“The flavor of local items is just way better,” said Carlos Niño, the chief kitchen manager at the triangle location. “The difference between grass-fed beef versus processed beef is a game changer.” The facility is also 99% gluten free. The only things that actually have gluten on their menu are the homemade pita chips.
Although the food is healthy, it is far from rabbit food. The Snap Kitchen chefs have created meals ranging from grass-fed bison quinoa hash, to chicken and butternut squash macaroni and cheese, to jalapeño mushroom soup. You can even find lasagna and enchiladas!
To ensure the quality and the freshness of the meals, the kitchen is occupied 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Food is produced in the morning and evening, and the precise packaging process occurs overnight. “Eight pans of lasagna takes eight hours to make. There’s a lot of love that goes in there!” Niño said.
The cold-pressed juices, though slightly pricey, are worth every penny. Snap Kitchen juicifies almost two pounds of produce into every bottle. On top of that, no heat is used in the juicing and bottling process, so no nutrients are lost. The juices come in all varieties and colors, and are bottled in air-tight containers to eliminate oxidation and maximize freshness. My personal favorites are the chai cashew protein shake, the carrot ginger elixir, and the antioxidant juice (which features apples, beets, jalapeños, lemon, carrot, garlic, cayenne pepper and cilantro). You feel like a new person after just one sip! It really is pure, simple goodness in a bottle.
In my many experiences with Snap Kitchen, I haven’t found a single thing on the menu I dislike. In fact, writing this article has me craving a visit. Next time you’re hungry, check out one of the five convenient locations around Austin, and keep it Snappy!
Location: 4616 Triangle Ave.
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thur: 7am – 9pm, Fri: 7am – 8pm, Sat: 9am – 8pm, Sun: 9am – 9pm