5 Healthy Vegan Snacks
Hi there! For me, vegan snacks are a very crucial and necessary part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you want to go vegan or want to eat a vegan diet, eating enough calories in the day is super important! By far, the easiest way to pack in some extra nutrients and satisfy your cravings is to indulge in healthy vegan snacks. I love eating healthy vegan snacks because they give me a boost of energy and make snacking seem way more innocent! Check out some of my favorite vegan snacks below and comment what you're favorite vegan snack is!
1. Vegan Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt parfaits where one of my childhood favorites. I used to beg my mom to take me to McDonald's so I could get my beloved yogurt parfait. Now that I've removed dairy from my diet I still indulge in my share of yogurt parfaits featuring Silk vegan yogurt. In traditional yogurt parfait fashion, I plop down a layer of yogurt (usually strawberry flavored), add some berries, sprinkle in my granola and top it off with flax seeds for extra nutritional value.
2. Eggplant Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is definitely an iconic vegan snack staple. Avocado is loaded with healthy fats and spreading it on a piece of toasted bread is literally the icing on the cake. What makes my spin on this classic different is the use of an Eggplant Garlic Spread from Trader Joe's. You can also use hummus but I enjoy using different spreads on my avocado toast to make the flavor combinations more interesting. This spread is very hearty and full of savory garlic flavor which goes perfectly with the creamy avocado.
*Tip for Avocado Toast:: Make sure your avocados are perfectly ripe to create a creamier spread instead of just regular slices.
3. Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies, the vain of all health's existence! I am a confessed cookie addict. My drug of choice: chocolate chip cookies. Lucky for me and every other chocolate chip cookie lover, a healthier recipe exists! One of my favorite healthy cookie variations are these amazing vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. To Make these follow these for simple steps:
- Mash 2 ripe bananas
- Mix mashed banana with rolled oats, chocolate chips/chunks and walnuts
- Form dough into small balls
- Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 7-10 minutes
*If you want to up the ante on the health spectrum, instead of chocolate chips, use dried fruit, nuts, seeds or cocoa nibs. Any addition will make these cookies taste stellar.
4. Vegan "Chicken" Salad
When I ate meat, I used to love a good tuna or chicken salad. I would get the tiny cans and dip crackers in them for lunch all the time. Now I do the same but instead of meat, I use chickpeas. Chickpeas have the perfect texture and are also full of good nutrients and protein. This recipe is super simple and easy to make in large batches. I basically just chopped up the veggies I'd put in a chicken salad and threw them in a bowl with mashed chickpeas, Vegenaise, mayo and seasoning then I mixed them all together. Some veggies I used were mushrooms, celery, bell pepper and onion. You can put in whatever veggies work best for you. You can layer this spread on your favorite bread or pair with crackers.
*If you want it to have a more tuna like flavor, try adding nori or seaweed to give that seafood like taste. For more details on this recipe click here.
5. Nut Butter Toast
Lastly, one of the best healthy vegan snacks to enjoy is the infamous combination of nut butter on toast. You can use any kind of nut butter, but my favorite choice is cashew butter. I love the texture and subtle flavor. To make this simple treat you will spread your favorite nut butter on whole wheat or gluten free toasted bread and top with sweet fruit. I topped mine with apricot preserves and baked apples. To put an even healthier twist on this vegan snack, I mixed pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds into my cashew butter. This is a protein packed delight that will satisfy your sweet cravings and give you that great boost of energy you need.