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Since becoming semi-vegan four months ago, I've found it difficult to find snacks that are easy to prepare, and good. There are a lot of different products on the market that aren't — they taste fake and overly processed, and I've found that many of them have unnatural hidden ingredients. Like myself, many new vegans believe anything labeled vegan is safe to eat, but as you know, you must check the labels before you consume anything. When you have dietary restrictions, vendor machine candy bars and chips just aren't going to cut it. After trial and error, and a few sick days, I've tried a number of products and put together a list of snacks you can feel good about. And while you'll have to make a few of them ahead of time, others come prepared for you; here are ten vegan-friendly snacks to enjoy on the go.
Popcorn is my go-to snack, especially when I want something salty. Avoid the microwave and pre-packaged products, and pop your own; Red Mills and Trader Joe's offers organic kernels that are cost effective, and fit into even the tightest budgets. I pop mine with a little coconut oil and sprinkle with pink Himalayan salt.
Justin's Nut Butters are the best pre-packed products on the market. Their convenient and healthy to-go squeeze packs are perfect for portion control; these spreads are tasty on their own or paired with your favorite fruit or crackers.
I recently discovered Vegan Robs through their Brazilian Coconut Popcorn (see above popcorn lover), and had to try their other flavors and products. They are the go-to for pre-packed snacks because they contain no trans fat, are certified gluten-free and GMO-friendly and are focused on nutrition and compassion. I've tried six different flavors and loved each one.
CANDY! Who doesn't love candy? But as you know, most candy on the market contains excess amounts of sugar, corn syrup, and everything else that's bad for you; but a candy that's healthy? I'm all for it! Hunny Bon has created a healthy candy store with products that are always free of GMOs, refined sugars, corn syrup, and HFCS, dairy and animal products, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, and additives, preservatives, pesticides, and trans fats. Now, candy is never 100% healthy, but a better alternative when you want to indulge is the way to enjoy sweets without the guilt.
Ben & Jerry's
First, let me say; this is a sometimes treat because it contains ingredients that aren't recommended. Since being a child, I've had a love for ice cream — I can have it daily, but now that I'm dairy-free, I can't. After searching high-and-low, I finally found a dairy-free ice cream that's made without soy, and enjoyable. Ben and Jerry's has created a line of non-dairy frozen desserts that are smooth, creamy, and taste just like traditional ice cream.
Roasted chickpea is a snack you'll have to prepare ahead of time, but when you do, it's so worth it. When you toast a can of garbanzo beans, you get a crispy snack that's full of fiber and protein. You can dress up the beans anyway that you would like, my favorite is a little chili pepper and salt; make a couple of batches and portion them out for a convenient to-go snack.
Eat Pastry Cookie Dough
Another sometimes treat because of its ingredients is Eat Pastry Cookie Dough. Aside from making your own chocolate chip cookies, Eat Pastry has created a dough that is 100% vegan. You can eat the dough uncooked or bake them into little bites of heavy; once cooked, they last a few days in an airtight container.
Baked Apple Chips
If you're looking for a sweet and savory combination snack, baked apple chips are it. Try making your own and add a little sea salt to enhance the natural sweetness of the apples; they're an easy and healthy snack to have on hand.
Banana's are one of the best fruits to eat on daily basis, but it's even better when it's with your favorite trail mix. Add some peanut butter or chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and any other treat you'd like, and scoop away. What I like to do for a late night snack is heat this in the oven until the chips are melted, and the banana is soft — heaven!
If you don't have the time to make the above banana boat, Barnana has created a line of banana chips and brittles that are full of potassium and taste like perfected baked banana bread.
As a vegan, food is the forefront of our day, and it's important that we are enjoying food and not limiting ourselves. What are some of your favorite go-to vegan snacks? I'd like to hear about them; comment me below and let me know!