Photography by Nosh and Nurture unless otherwise noted.
As a traveler with many food intolerances and a health-conscious palette, I am ecstatic at one of my latest finds. Snap Kitchen in Uptown Dallas and I were a match made in heaven.
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Upon arriving, I was warmly greeted by the staff and was encouraged to ask any questions I may have. I met with the owner, Daniel Magoon, a registered dietitian who understands the need for healthy, clean food in one’s community. Mr. Magoon was hands-down one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.
The restaurant is set up as a quick service eatery, where all of the food is prepackaged in BPA-free containers. This makes it the perfect stop for travelers or locals who want to stock up and have easy meals to prepare. They also have an extensive selection of organic juices in an array of flavors, as well as organic black coffee.
All of Snap Kitchen’s items are organized by mealtime and are clearly labeled with allergen markers. Owned and operated by professional dietitians, the foods are tested for allergen and Celiac safety regularly, as well as multiple testing on nutritional content. With easy to read photo indicators, I was able to scan the shelves to see which items were gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30 approved and more. Snap Kitchen is also a Peanut-Free zone for those with allergic children or allergies themselves.
Their food practices are also sustainable and community-conscious. Snap Kitchen uses Cage Free and Certified Humane eggs, sustainable, antibiotic-free, non-GMO fed fish and the highest quality local meats, fruits and vegetables from local farmers, sometimes hard to come by in the restaurant industry and something I look for, since that is how I eat and feed my family at home.
They also donate surplus food items through SoupMobile.
On to the food!
For breakfast I chose the Almond Butter & Maple Pancakes. At only 180 calories for the entire dish, and only 6 grams of sugar, the pancakes are made from gluten-free, non-GMO steel cut oats, almond butter, egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon.I’m always skeptical when it comes to gluten-free pancakes because they are either really good or really, really bad. And I was ecstatic to find that these fell into the first category. They were fluffy and sweet, without being too sweet. And since the sugar content of the pancake was low for a breakfast item, I added a little of their maple and vanilla bean syrup on top because it was vanilla bean maple heaven in my mouth.
For lunch I tried the Naked Beef. It was so clean, flavorful and guilt-free. I ate half for lunch and took half with me on the plane so I didn’t have to worry about finding safe, healthy eats at the airport. The dish is made with petite tender beef, garlic snap peas, and roasted cauliflower. A lovely, carb-conscious Paleo meal that is also Whole 30 approved.
What’s a meal without dessert?
Finding a healthy, Paleo dessert is like finding a unicorn in the forest, so when in Rome… My favorites were the Coconut Macaroons and the silky Chocolate Mousse. While the mousse is made with silken tofu, it is non-GMO soy. They also offer prepackaged gluten-free brownies and cookies. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a couple of those for the plane.
It was hard to choose just one lunch dish as so many looked beautiful and tasty. Overall, Snap Kitchen is a vibrant, community-benefitting establishment with great eats and friendly faces!