While healthy eating is at the top of our list, our top pic for healthy vegan African snacks is Chika’s. Born out of three simple principles: good food, good ethos and good causes – these are snacks with soul have already won legions of fans in the UK and internationally.
Founded by Chika Russell in 2015 the range is natural, vegan, high protein, gluten free and free from GMO, additives and flavourings.
Available in Waitrose, Ocado, COOP, Amazon and Sainsbury’s, their range consists of baked and flavoured nuts, plantains crisps and their newest addition, the Wholegrain rice and lentil crisps.
What we love about Chika’s?
Like Malée, Chika’s remains committed to giving back to the communities that inspired the products. In 2019 it launched Snacks4Change partnership with World Vision which supports girls through education. CHIKA’S donates 1 penny from every bag to the cause and aims to educate 30,000 girls by 2025.
Founded by Chika Russell, Chika’s is a journey through her childhood favourite snacks. A celebration of African food and the women who made these snacks popular.
Want to learn more about Chika and her entrepreneurial journey? We sat with Chika and asked her a few questions.
What inspired you create your business?
My entirely family are self employed, so I guess I was destined to run my own business. Wanting complete flexibility meant I needed to have my own programme. However, what inspired me to launch Chika’s was the need to spread my love and West African culture whilst doing good.
I am also working on a new and very exciting project, which incidentally also launches May 2021. A very different and colourful avenue. We are launching CHIKA’S Africa, bringing our snacks to the continent in May 2021 and cannot wait.
What does me time mean for you?
Me time to me means undisturbed time with my kids and husband. I do not have time where I completely alone. But that is okay. They give me joy, and strength. I can also relax with a glass of wine in hand, whilst playing a board game with the family.
What is your most treasured routine?
Saturday mornings, a slow, big breakfast and catch up with my children and Husband for company.
Chika’s is one of our favourite women led businesses and we are proud to be celebrating this women’s day along with Chika’s food with a giveaway. A chance to win a self care bundle worth £315. You can enter HERE.
Join us Live on Instagram for a live chat with Chika on her entrepreneurial journey and healthy snacking on the 25th of February 2021, 5:30PM (GMT). Don’t miss out, Save the event in your calendar.