A lot of vegans, especially those who are just getting started will admit to munching on vegan lunch meats, vegan hot dogs, and other not so healthy options. There are a lot of snacks that you can eat that aren't so healthy, but there are also a lot of healthy snacks out there. This list includes mostly healthy options, with a few unexpected, not so healthy vegan choices. There are lots and lots of vegan snack ideas, you just need to get started.
Vegetables are one of the best options out there. You can snack on a huge number of raw vegetables. Some options include the traditional broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and carrots. You can also do several types of tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, avocados, snow peas, green beans, and even raw zucchini. You can also quickly steam vegetables with a bit of salt or seasonings. Pickled vegetables such as pickles, olives, or even less traditional pickled carrots can also make an appearance.
Fruits are another very healthy snack. You can include any raw fruit, fruit salad, fruit sauce (like apple sauce), and can even take it a step further with dried fruits and fruit leathers. If doing dried fruit or fruit leather you should be aware of any added sugar, where it comes from, and how much is there.
Nuts and Seeds
You can get a good protein snack with nuts and seeds. Many people worry about the fat content in these snacks. However, because they are healthy fats it can be a good choice, as long as you are eating them in moderation. You can chose a single kind of nut or seed or group them together for a mix.
Trail mixes can be purchased, but you will want to make sure that they are vegan if you are doing that. They can also be made from dried cereal, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. You can even add small treats such as dark chocolate chips to the mix.
Chickpeas can be roasted until they are crispy and crunchy. This can be a tasty and healthy snack that can replace less healthy options. You can season them with all sorts of flavors including vinegar and salt, garlic and salt, and even Mexican with some chili pepper and cumin.
Crackers come in a huge variety and not all are created equal. You will want to make sure that you are picking out those that are indeed vegan and that are healthier options as well. Some options include rice crackers, sesame crackers, and even flax seed crackers. This doesn't mean you can't eat other types, but you should be aware of how much food you are eating that isn't very good for you or that is high in fat and oils.
Vegan yogurt doesn't seem like it could exist. However, yogurt is made from milk and a bacteria. You can take those same bacteria and mix them into soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. The texture isn't quite as thick, but it's good for you, tasty, and comes in a few flavors depending on where you live. Some of them even cost about the same as a high quality yogurt brand does.
There are a number of quick bread recipes out there that are vegan. These breads are healthy, moist, and tasty. While you shouldn't go overboard with them because they do contain sugar, they can be a great snack. You can enjoy banana bread, zucchini bread, and even cranberry bread.
Very few pretzels aren't vegan. Plus they are low in fat, which is definitely great for a snack that goes crunch. It's a good idea to look for a variety that at least has some whole grains in it though. These aren't always easy to find, but can be very tasty when you do find them.
Some people really like rice cakes. You will want to read the back to make sure that any flavors you choose don't have ingredients that vegans don't normally or shouldn't consume. You can top them with nut butter including peanut butter or dips and sauces for a little variety and more flavor.
If you can find pita bread it can make a great quick and easy snack. You can toss in some vegetables, hummus, guacamole, or even fruit. Just throw it in your pita and away you go for a quick and easy snack.
Bagels can be high in fat and calories so you want to make sure that you are choosing carefully. Mini bagels and bagel thins make for great snacks that you can top with vegan cream cheese, guacamole, or nut butter.
Granola is traditionally made from rolled oats. You can make it at home using rolled oats along with other rolled grains, wheat germ, flax seeds, quinoa seeds, and other grains. You can moisten it with a little oil, some water or fruit juice, and sweeten it with sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. You can also add dried fruit, nuts, and seeds to it. Making your own is the best way to make a low fat variety because you know what's going into it. However, you can also buy vegan granola at the store.
Popcorn is a good choice. Pop it with a limited amount of oil and skip any buttery toppings. You can add salt, cinnamon, chili pepper, paprika, cumin, or nutritional yeast to give it more flavor. Enjoy it today or make a huge batch and enjoy it tomorrow as well.
Vegan muffins are teetering on the edge of healthy or healthier. Remember that just because it is “vegan” doesn't mean it is healthy. Read your labels if you are buying something and if you are making your own then consider how many white ingredients it has in it, how many whole grain ingredients, and how much sugar, oil, and fat they have.
Not Healthy, But Occasionally a Must Have
While these things are not healthy at all, they are sometimes a must have in life. If you have a craving or you are out and about its good to know some of your options. Chips are a popular choice as are fries. A few things to remember though is that some toppings put on chips to make them taste good do contain meat, eggs, cheese, and milk. Sometimes it's even in products you might not suspect and each brand and flavor is different. While one's barbeque chips might be completely safe the other one might include chicken, cheese, and milk (real story, hubby thought they were okay cause we had barbeque chips before).
Baked corn chips can be a healthier choice and can be served with salsa, hummus, beans, guacamole, chickpeas, and other tasty and easy dips.
Fries that have been purchased from a restaurant may be cooked with meat products (chicken strips, patties, breasts, steak fingers, fried fish and so forth). They can also contain lard in the frying grease. So, if these things bother you, you should check it out before ordering.
Ice cream is another treat that doesn't seem like it could be vegan. However, it is. You can enjoy almond, rice, soy, and coconut varieties of treats from some frozen departments. Check your local grocery store as well as your whole foods or health foods store. Treats include dairy free ice cream, dairy free ice cream sandwiches, dairy free ice cream bites, and more tasty options that are very close to the real deal and in some cases, even better.
This isn't something I really wanted to put down here, but since so many things can be dipped and treats just aren't the same without them here it is. You can make your own vegan dips with nuts and nut butters, vegan cream cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan mayo, avocados, chickpeas, herbs, spices, and other seasonings. Vinegar and oil can also be your friend. These things can be good for dipping vegetables, fruits, crackers, pretzels, rice cakes, breads, and chips. Don't be afraid to get creative.
There are thousands more vegan snack ideas out there. Some of them are healthy and some of them are not. Just remember to eat more healthy foods then not healthy foods. It's all about moderation and you will be well on your way to enjoying your healthy, vegan lifestyle.