It hits 11am. You only had breakfast a few hours ago, but there’s still at least another hour or two until it’s lunch time. Time for a snack. The only problem is, there aren’t any snacks at work that are gonna do you good. There might be a vending machine packed full of sugary treats, or you might be right next door to a little coffee shop that does THE BEST chilli rice crackers in a little packet but they cost ¬£3.50 and who can be bothered with that.

Time to take your snacks in to your own hands.

Here are our favourite snacks that we whip up in the Eatupp kitchen, plus a few that you can make yourself!

1. Kale potKale

You can find this little gem on the Eatupp menu most weeks. We fry our kale in a little bit of butter, drizzle it in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. This healthy snack is packed full of iron, fibre, nutrients, vitamins – if it’s good you’ll find it in kale. You can do your own version – with a little added kick – by following this simple recipe:
– 1 handful of (washed!) kale
– 1 tsp vegetable oil
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 pinch of sea salt
– 1 pinch of chilli flakes

1. Fry the kale in the vegetable oil for around 2 minutes.
2. Add the paprika and sea-salt and mix through
3. Fry for a further 1 minute
4. Add the chilli flakes and fry until it starts to brown
5. Take off the heat and pop in to a little pot to take to work tomorrow!

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 12.26.342. Nuts galore

We’re nuts about nuts. These little beauties are packed full of protein (veggies rejoice), fibre, minerals and fatty acids. You can roast them, salt them, fry them, toast them, smash them up, blend them to a butter, make vegan cheesecake – the possibilities are endless! Here is our quick fix for a treat at work – maple pecans:
– 2 handfuls of pecan nuts
– 3 tbsp maple syrup
– 3 tbsp orange zest
– 1 pinch of ground ginger
– A sheet of baking paper

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (celsius)
2. Zest an orange Рyou can use a zester or even a grater.
3. Lay out your pecans on your baking paper on an over tray.
4. Put your pecans in the oven for around 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, mix your maple syrup, ginger and orange zest in a small pot over some heat.
6. Remove your pecans from the oven and stir in to the pot.
7. Lay the pecans back out on the baking paper.
8. Reduce the oven heat to 150 degrees (celsius) and pop your pecans in for 20 minutes.
9. Put in a small pot and enjoy during that mid-afternoon slump.

 

3. Edamame everythingScreen Shot 2016-05-04 at 12.25.08

It’s no secret that Eatupp loves a good edamame bean. We serve our edamame with sushi, as a sea-salted side, with our tortilla chips. We’ll share one of our favourite recipes with you – the dip. This makes a great snack for any time of the day as it is super fresh and delicious. Plus edamame will give your magnesium and calcium levels a nifty little boost. You can serve this dip with some wholewheat crackers, some cheesy biscuits, or even some vegetable crisps or tortilla chips like we do. Keep it fresh and make this for your next snack time:
– 100g edamame beans
– 100g garden peas
– 3 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 crushed garlic clove
– 1 tsp salt
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 2 tbsp water
– 1 tsp cumin

1. If you haven’t cooked your edamame or peas, bring a pot of water to the boil and pop them in for 3-4 minutes. Drain.
2. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz them up until you get a creamy, greeny blend.
3. Put in an air tight container and enjoy with whatever crunchy, wispy, creamy, crispy snack you desire.

No more rubbish snacks.

With lunch,
Eatupp