Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Vegan Product Review : Pret Kale Crisps and an easy homemade version!

Pret a Manger is a healthy fast food restaurant based in the UK, Its a great place for fresh and nutritious food for people on  the go. They are great at vegetarian and vegan options and everything is clearly labelled.  They mostly offer sandwiches, wraps and baguettes with a different selection of sides. 

These Kale Crisps are sold in most Pret a Mangers, however I do find they sell out quickly. The UK loves Kale at the moment, it's everywhere. I am always seeing it crop up on  my instagram in one form or another. 

On the pack they are labelled as "Crunchy and Full of Goodness, Naturally". But is this true?

Pret do pride themselves on being fresh and completely natural so when i checked the ingredients I wasn't surprised to find that they are made from 100% natural ingredients.
The actual leaf itself has been slow dried on a natural heat, which is a  fab way of preserving nutrients. If you expose the leaf to a high heat it would start to lose all of its valuable nutrients and vitamins. 

These crisps are a good source of fibre and protein with each packet containing 4.3g of fibre and 3.6g of protein. The fat content appears high but this is from olive oil so therefore it is a healthy fat and it is low in saturates.

Now I am not going to lie, the appearance of the crisp is awful. They literally look like shrivelled salted pieces of kale.
But the flavour is lovely, the olive oil and rosemary work well together and I think the only downside for me would be that they are little too salty for my liking.

The good news is that Kale crisps are easier to make than you think! You don't need a fancy freeze dry oven, just a regular oven, and olive oil plus any seasoning you like.

|If you want to give it a go,
Use 100g Kale and 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and preheat your oven to around 150C.
Line a tray with baking paper and tear the washed kale into smaller pieces into a bowl.
Next drizzle them with olive oil and your seasoning. Mix well and then tip onto your tray,bake for around 18-20 minutes until crisp. They should stay green so if they appear to be blackening turn your oven down!

Seasoning variations ;

  •  1 heaped tsp of ras el hanout 
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce for a chinese take 


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