Here is a quick list of some LCHF grab’n’go snack options I like to use when I’m on the run, especially first thing in the morning.
1. Egg Cups
They sound fiddly but they’re not – they’re easy! And the small amount of preparation required to make them is well worth it when you suddenly realise you need to run out the door and have zero time to prepare food – the epitome of grab’n’go.
Get non-stick muffin tins and line the bottom with one or more of the following ; sliced spring onion, diced tomato, tuna, kale, feta, bacon – whatever you like really (I’m sure some things might not work but you can experiment using what you enjoy). Crack an egg on top to cover the bottom layer and gently nudge the white around so that it fills in the cracks in the bottom layer of ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, top with a little cheese (or leave plain on top) and bake in a pre-heated oven @ 180C for about 10 minutes until the white of the egg is completely cooked. Allow to cool slightly then turn them out of the muffin tin and store for when you need them
2. Crackers & Dip
Make your favourite LCHF dip. It can be fancy like a beautiful smoky Babaganoush, a pesto, Taremaselata etc. Or something as simple as garlic olive oil aioli. Similarly, you can leave the crackers as simple as trusty old celery, cucumber, baby cos leaves, cherry tomatoes, carrot etc. or you can try our easy and delicious Almond Crackers or some Kale Chips. Pack the crackers in a tub and take some dip with you, it will provide plenty of fibre and fat to keep you full and satisfied.
3. Egg Rolls
Basically think about crepe-like omelettes. Whisk whole eggs together (I like to whisk in a little sesame oil and soy sauce for flavour) and, using your best non-stick pan, cook thin omelettes until the egg is just cooked – if you cook the egg too long it becomes brittle and hard to roll. Once the thin omelette is cooked turn it out onto a chopping board, let it cool slightly then fill it with whatever you feel like. I like to shred some chicken with sliced chilli, spring onion and shredded iceberg (sometimes a little touch of peanut butter too) then roll it up. It’s a really delicious, versatile wrap that lends itself to big flavours that stand up to the egg.
4. Meatballs and Koftes
Get some of your favourite spices together, dice an onion or two and mix it all together with some herbs, lemon zest and a miced meat of your choice. I love to get 500g lamb, a diced red onion, some parsley, lemon zest, smoked paprika, garlic, cumin, ground coriander, salt, pepper and a dollop of yoghurt and mix it all together. Make the meatballs or koftes the size you want then bake them in the oven until they are cooked (it depends on the size you make them but if they are roughly 50g in size they will take at least 10 minutes in a 180C pre-heated oven). Pair the meatballs with a dipping sauce (any of the above selection will be great) of your choosing and you’re good to go with your LCHF grab’n’go.
5. Yoghurt Berry Nut Layer Pot or Chia Seed Pudding
Buy a couple of reusable containers that are the size you need and make a few yoghurt and berry tubs. Layer them with a nut granola (obviously an LCHF one – such as the No Grainola recipe found in WTF?) or seeds. Similarly, make a batch of chia pudding and layer it up with berries and granola, it’s SO delicious! The mixture of textures and acidity is unstoppable. This is really easy to prepare and making enough of these for the week might take 15 minutes.
6. Sausage Rolls
This recipe is a little bit more tricky, but you can make a big batch and freeze some down. It becomes well worth it when you consider that once they are made you will have the most delicious LCHF grab’n’go snack imaginable. The recipe is here, and the video here, I strongly recommend you try them.