It can be hard to think of good vegan snack ideas if you are new to the lifestyle. Whether or not you have dietary restrictions, it’s hard to find snacks that are convenient, filling and nutrient-dense.
We’re almost always in the mood for a good snack, but when we don’t have something healthy on hand, browsing the vending machine gets quite tempting. Unfortunately, they are usually filled with potato chips and candy bars! It’s hard to suppress the impulse to splurge on processed and fried fast food, so you might be wondering what to do.
Filling your day with healthy snacks is important to keep your metabolism running and your blood sugar levels stable. The options, however, can seem overwhelming–how many different protein bars are there these days? And are you even sure that they’re healthy for you?
We want to help so we’ve curated a list of nutrient-dense vegan snack ideas that will keep you satisfied until your next meal.
1. Nuts and Seeds
These are a vegan snack powerhouse. They’re packed with protein and healthy fats that will keep you filling full for a long time. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, chia, hemp, flax seeds, and pepitas are all great options. Even better–you can buy them in bulk and mix them up to make your own trail mix. Instead of M&M’s, add dried goji berries, which are packed with antioxidants and will satisfy your sweet tooth. As a general rule, stick to only a handful of nuts and seeds in one sitting.
For your convenience, Fresh n’ Lean has added raw almonds as an a la carte option to our meal plans. Flavors include Cinnamon Maple, Lemon Chili, BBQ, and Garlic Rosemary. They’re great on-the-go.
2. Vegan Chips
Kale chips are a much better option than potato or tortilla chips. Plus they’re packed with iron, calcium, and vitamin C! Craving that crunch? Fresh n’ Lean makes chips with organic pepitas and sunflower seeds. They come in flavors such as Sesame Thai, Tomato Basil, and White Cheddar, so there is something for everyone.
3. Seaweed Snacks
These are perfect for when you crave something a bit salty and want to avoid the shiny bag of potato chips. They’re low-calorie and high in fiber, protein, and iodine.
4. Nut Butter + Apple or Banana Slices
One of our favorite snacks! These days, you have almond, peanut, cashew, and sunflower butter–take your pick! Pair a nut butter with half an apple or banana and voila! You have a healthy and satisfying snack.
5. Raw Veggies
Celery, carrots, and snap peas make for a crunchy, refreshing snack. Pair with an organic, low-sodium hummus and you’ve got a complete snack!
A Larabar is a safe option for a snack. They’re made only with dried fruits and nuts. They have no added sugars, fillers, or synthetic ingredients. Favorites include Cashew Cookie, Lemon Pie, Cherry Pie, and Apple Pie.
7. Fruit Smoothies
A refreshing snack to keep energy up before your next meal! Smoothies are a great way to get extra nutrients. Here’s a quick and easy recipe: Blend 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 handful spinach or kale, 1/2 a frozen banana, and some frozen berries. For more protein, add a healthy fat like 1/4 an avocado or chia/flax/hemp seeds and a vegan protein powder.
That’s just the beginning of countless vegan snack ideas. Snack foods can be tricky for vegans to find. But with a bit of creativity, you’ll discover plenty of healthy food items to help keep your energy up and hunger at bay.