10 Amazing Vegan Snacks
While being on a vegan diet is rewarding, it can also be difficult to find foods that don’t contain animal products. Plus, if you don’t have the time or appetite to make a full meal, you need to eat something to temporarily sustain your body. Thankfully, there are a variety of vegan-friendly snacks to choose from!
Healthy Vegan Snacks
As difficult as it may appear, many vegan-friendly snack options are very easy to make. There are several foods that require little to no preparation and are easily found in grocery stores or online. You might even be surprised to learn that snacks like Oreos and Sour Patch Kids are completely vegan! Even so, if you’re looking for healthier snack alternatives, there are a variety of options to choose from. Here are some examples of vegetarian and vegan snacks that are delicious, nutritious, and convenient!
1. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a classic snack that can contain a wide variety of nutritious ingredients. It’s a completely plant-based food that can be a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Vegan-based trail mix is mixed with foods such as seeds, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, coconut, whole grains, and chocolate. When buying trail mix from the store, pay close attention to its nutrition information to make sure they’re completely vegan. You can also make your own trail mix at home with your favorite ingredients.
2. Fruits With Nut Butter
Fruits paired with your favorite choice of nut butter are always going to be flavorful and nutritious. Fruits are an important part of the vegan diet since they provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Meanwhile, nut butter is both low carb and rich in protein to help you feel energized. You can choose specific nut butter without additional sugars, salts, and oil if you’d like to increase your snack’s nutritional value. Some popular combinations include bananas and apples with peanut, cashew, or almond butter.
3. Roasted Chickpeas
Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are circular, yellow legumes that are packed with nutritional value. Just one cup of chickpeas provides up to 14 grams of protein along with 71% of the daily value (DV) for folate. Chickpeas are particularly delicious when baked and roasted! Using your preferred choice of seasonings and oil (we recommend avocado oil), you can bake chickpeas to create a crunchy snack! Place them on a baking sheet and place them in the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until they reach your desired texture.
4. Edamame With Sea Salt
If you’ve never heard of edamame, you’ve likely seen them without even realizing it. This is just a fancy word for an immature pod of soybeans. Even so, when boiled or steamed, these little plants become a highly nutritious snack! One cup of edamame contains up to 17 grams of protein in less than 200 calories. Once they’ve been prepared by means of boiling or steaming, add a little sea salt before chewing on the edamame, enjoying the beans inside.
5. Guacamole With Crackers
Guacamole is the quintessential vegan dip. Made from avocado, lime juice, garlic, and onion, it perfectly complements a variety of other vegan-friendly snacks! Guacamole can be made at home or purchased without additional ingredients like sugar and salt. Since it’s made from avocado, it’s a very nutritious dip full of monounsaturated fats, potassium, and fiber. Paired with 100% whole grain crackers, guacamole is a very heart-healthy snack!
6. Fruit Leather
Looking for alternative fruity snacks? Look no further than fruit leather! These delicious and healthy snacks are made from thinly flattened fruit puree. These are dried and sliced before being made as vegan-friendly snacks. These include similarly nutritious ingredients as their fruit counterparts. Fruit leather can also be rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Even so, if you purchase pre-packaged fruit leather, make sure to read the labels carefully to avoid added sugars or colors.
A snacking staple, smoothies are incredibly adaptable and capable of being made of fruits or veggies. They’re great for busy people as they can be packaged and consumed on the go. Many people pair fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals to get their necessary nutrients. Smoothie bases can consist of plant-based milk or water with foods such as bananas, spinach, berries, or kale.
8. Nut and Fruit Bars
Need a quick snack to get you through the day? A fruit or nut bar will be able to energize you until your next meal! It should be mentioned that certain brands are more vegan-friendly than others, so it’s always important to read nutrition labels carefully. Some well-known vegan brands include LaraBars, KIND bars, and GoMacro bars. You can also make your own fruit and nut bars so you know exactly what you’re consuming and which nutrients your body needs.
9. Dark Chocolate
Contrary to popular belief, certain types of chocolate can be somewhat healthy in moderation. Many people need to satisfy their sweet tooth somehow, but that can feel difficult when on a vegan diet. If you need a sweeter snack to satisfy your taste buds, eat a few bars of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is also very versatile, capable of pairing up with many of the previously mentioned snacks. Try to look for dark chocolate bars with at least 65% cacao to get some nutritional benefits from its plant compounds.
10. Veggie Chips
On the flip side, if you’re in need of something a little more crunchy and salty, veggie chips are a fantastic vegan snack. If you’d like to make them yourself at home, check out our homemade sweet potato chips recipe. Of course, you can visit our online store to purchase a bag of Jackson’s Sweet Potato Chips today!
Depending on the type of vegetable you choose, veggie chips can be very nutritious. For example, sweet potato chips are an excellent low calorie source of vitamin A.
If you’re on a vegan diet and searching for the perfect snack to invigorate your day, look no further than Jackson’s Sweet Potato Chips! Our delicious munchables are completely vegan, gluten free, and paleo-friendly, making them a great addition to any healthy vegan snack list.