Behind The Scenes, Healthy Eating

Our Nutritional Food Pillars & Go-To Ingredients

May 17, 2019

Here at Snap, we’re all about transparency, food quality and nutrient density. Today, our lead RD Sam is breaking down the pillars behind our food & mission and some of our favorite ingredients!

Our Nutritional Food Pillars

Mindful eating – we’re all about ditching food rules and eating what makes you feel good instead. We love empowering our customers see how they feel eating real, whole foods.

Leafy greens – we can pretty much all agree that eating more veggies is a good thing, but leafy greens help take it to the next level. They’re essential for gut health and they provide a string of essential nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate & calcium. That’s why we incorporate greens like spinach, kale & swiss chard into our meals.

Starchy veggies – Just like leafy greens, starchy veggies offer an awesome array of nutrients. Plus, they are a great source of nourishing carbohydrates. They also provide nutrients like potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C & fiber, which all work to help you feel your best. That’s why we include veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash, golden beets, zucchini & carrots in our meals.

Healthy fatshealthy fats are essential for brain health, mitochondrial function and so much more. That’s why we include things like extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, and nuts & seeds in every dish. Not all fats are created equal, either, which is why we avoid pro-inflammatory fats like soy & corn oil in our products.

Colorful food – We’re sure you’ve heard about “eating the rainbow”. That’s because different colored fruits & veggies provide different phytonutrients, antioxidants, polyphenols & more. Eating a variety of plant foods ensures you get a variety of these beneficial plant compounds.

Superfoods – we like to simplify the concept of superfoods. It’s less about the latest craze and more about getting back to basics. Great superfoods include grass-fed beef for omega-3 fats & CLA, grass-fed ghee for vitamin K, eggs for choline & selenium, and collagen for gut-healing protein.

High-quality protein – Protein helps your body to build & repair tissues. It’s an essential building block for bones, muscle, cartilage and skin & also helps make enzymes, hormones and more. It’s vital to a healthy body, which is why we source high-quality animal proteins like grass-fed beef & bison as well as vegetarian & vegan protein sources like organic quinoa, beans & lentils.

Ingredient list > nutrition facts – Ingredients reign supreme. Gone are the days of counting every calorie or prioritizing low fat, processed food over the real stuff. Move over 100 calorie packs!

Functional foods – functional foods help promote optimal health & reduce the risk of disease. We love using foods like salmon, nuts & seeds, grass-fed ghee, coconut & collagen to help you be your best self.

House-made sauces – we make all of our sauces in-house because we think that’s the way it should be. Our cooks start with whole ingredients and turn them into dreamy sauce & dressing combinations on a daily basis. We think sauces really elevate the flavor & nutrition of your plate, so we love using them.

Explore our ingredients

Kale – Kale is touted as a superfood, and for good reason! It’s chock-full of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, manganese, calcium, copper & magnesium. It’s also loaded with powerful antioxidants. Want to feel your best? Kale and other leafy greens will help you get there.

Eggs – we’re all about this superfood. Eggs are considered one of nature’s perfect foods largely because of the wide arrange of nutrients, plus bioavailable protein, that they provide.

Nuts – nuts & seeds are a great source of fiber, healthy fats & protein, along with plenty of other micronutrients. We love using almonds to crust our chicken & fish or cashews for our cashew crema. Just another way we help boost the nutrient density of our food.

Coconut oil – coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats, including brain-boosting medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).

Beets – This root veggie packs a whole lotta goodness, from powerful antioxidants to vitamins A & C, potassium & fiber.

Cauliflower – This veggie is getting its time in the sun, with everything from cauliflower mash to rice to pizza crust gracing menus everywhere. Cauliflower is rich in sulforaphane, which has been shown to fight against certain types of cancer, may help reduce high blood pressure, & supports the liver & kidneys.

Turmeric – turmeric contains curcumin, known for it’s anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. Curcumin has also been linked to improved brain function & may help prevent cancer.

Grass-fed beef – While all beef is a great source of B vitamins, iron, zinc and highly bioavailable protein, grass-fed beef is nutritionally superior in a couple of important ways. It’s rich in omega-3 fats, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and higher in vitamins A & E, making it a superfood in our book.

Fresh herbs – we’re all about using super fresh herbs & spices. It’s why we make sauces like our chimichurri in house with fresh parsley and cilantro. Parsley helps improve immune health and can reduce inflammation while cilantro helps balance blood sugar levels and supports natural detox.

Sweet potato – this versatile root veggie is a nourishing carbohydrate source that can be used in so many different ways, from sweet potato wedges to mash. Since it’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium it boasts a powerful health punch too.

Grass-fed collagen – collagen is the perfect supplement to a healthy diet. While it occurs naturally in bone broth, shaking a little collagen into your morning coffee or tea makes for a flavorless way to boost your digestive, skin, hair & nail health.

Pumpkin seeds – rich in protein, magnesium & zinc, these little seeds are great for boosting the nutrient density of your meals. Not to mention they contain healthy fats & fiber to help keep you full.

Quinoa – quinoa is one of very few plant foods that’s a complete protein. This means it’s a great option for vegetarians & vegans. Plus, it provides fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, potassium & more.

What you won’t find in our food:

  1. Gluten
  2. Artificial preservatives
  3. Antibiotics
  4. Added hormones
  5. Artificial colors or flavors

Transparency, high-quality foods, chef-prepared and dietitian-curated. At Snap Kitchen, we’re big believers in intentional wellness — creating healthy habits with a clear vision and set of goals are the markers for positive change. Learn more about which meal plans will work for your new intentional lifestyle, and create healthy habits.

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