Snacks are truly a godsend. They can get you through a busy work week, a cram session in a dimly lit library basement, and even the kind of colossal breakup that leaves you ugly-crying in that same sad basement searching for something to eat your woes away. Daily snacking, an integral part of our lives, are convenient for our increasingly fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyles. But at what cost to our health and wellbeing? It’s good to look at healthy plant-based vegan snacks. Overall, the foods and beverages contributing the most calories at snacks are not the most nutritious options. Junk foods, such as potatoes chips, pretzels, fried tortilla chips, cookies, candy and sugar-laden energy bars are definitely not the kind of thing health-conscious plant-based eaters want to be consuming.
Fruit, whether fresh or frozen, makes a great snack. Especially when you need extra energy for exercising or other strenuous activities. It takes just a minute to slice an apple into a sealable plastic bag and off you go, portable healthy snack in tow.
Plant-based non-dairy soy, coconut and almond yoghurts are increasingly available commercially in single-serving, portable containers that can be enjoyed at home or on the go.
Vegetables, being at the heart and soul of a plant-based diet, of course, make outstanding, low-sugar, fat-free snacks. You can add salt, pepper, garlic or onion powder or other seasonings to taste or combine vegetable sticks with nut and seed butter, cheese sauces, dips or hummus.
Nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, filberts, walnuts and Brazil nuts, and seeds, such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds, make excellent portable snacks, albeit in moderation because they are high in fat and calories.
Sauces, dips, and hummus are great for adding flavour, fullness, and nutrients to vegetable sticks and whole-grain crackers and chips. Vegan cheese sauces, such as Cashew Cheese Sauce, Chili Cheese Dip or Cauliflower No Cheese Sauce, are super-tasty and rich. When it comes to dips, varied healthy vegan options abound, such as Roasted Red Pepper, Baked Artichoke, Caramelized Onion, Edamame (whole soybean), and Basil Spinach.
Bookmark these for the next time you’re in need of something to munch, or trying to get through a difficult moment and are in need of some sweet or salty fuel. There’s no reason to feel deprived when it comes to snacks. Mother Nature has given us so many healthy and delicious options to choose from.