Nobody is immune to snacking. Or wanting to snack. And in fact, snacks can and should be part of a healthy and balanced diet. But finding the right snack is often hard. Or boring. And it shouldn’t be like that!
Knowing something and doing something are two completely different beasts – and that there is the crux of many problems – in food and in life. With the right help and support, if you want to do something, you can do it. Nobody is stopping you. Except probably yourself. But it’s easier said than done – and a little knowledge goes a long way.
If you’re sick of turning to the same shitty chocolate bars, chips, donuts, sodas – and whatever other processed bollocks you can think of every time you get a craving, read this list of healthy vegetarian snacks.
Here you can see just a fraction of the amazing possibilities out there – it’s time to arm yourself. Let’s start with the obvious ones.
1. Apples with Peanut Butter (Vegan)
Easy to find, tasty. Uninspiring? Slap some peanut butter on one! Awesome snack!
2. Popcorn (Vegan, mostly)
You might not know but there’s a whole world of different popcorn recipes. The recipe for the popcorn above is as follows: heat half a cup of popcorn kernels in one tbsp of coconut oil. Once the kernels are popped add a mix of 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp maple syrup and a dash of salt. Mix thoroughly. Excellent snack!
Looking for more inspiration? Here are 27 more cool popcorn recipes.
3. Dark Chocolate (Vegan, mostly)
Yep, swap out the milky, sweet, and oh-so addictive choccy snacks for the proper stuff. Good dark chocolate will fill you up much, much quicker, and you won’t be chasing that sugar buzz from the moment you pop a piece of regular chocolate in your mouth.
4. Carrots and Hummus (Vegan)
This is probably my favourite snack at the moment and I can’t believe how good it is. Very simple but the combo is incredible, and filling – thanks to the high fiber content (your body will thank you for that too). It took me a while to get around to trying it – I haven’t looked back.
5. Gherkins/Pickles with Hummus (Vegan)
A friend of mine told me I need to try gherkins (or pickles in some countries) with hummus after raving about the carrot & hummus combo. Apparently that’s the go-to snack in many Arabic countries. Whether true or not, it’s addictive. Seriously, try it!
6. Nuts (Vegan)
Any type, pick your favourite, snack without guilt! Try to avoid heavily flavoured or salted where possible, but otherwise go for it! Don’t be scared of the high fat content – it’s the good stuff – and diets high in nut intake have been shown to reduce weight, not add to it.
7. Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Vegan)
You will not believe how the flavour and taste changes as soon as you roast sunflower seeds. Way better than eating them raw. Great snack to nibble away for hours.
8. Dried Fruits (Vegan)
Dried fruits are sweet but also highly nutritious. Especially dates, apricots and raisins are due to their high iron content a great source for vegetarians and vegans to up their intake. If you don’t like to snack dried fruits as they are just throw them into your muesli or salad.
9. Dates filled with Nut Butter (Vegan)
Talking about dried fruits: did you know that dates taste sooo much better if you pimp them with almond or peanut butter? A few sprinkles of coconut flakes on top and your weekday afternoon snack is ready!
10. Banana Boats (Vegan, mostly)
Again, easy to find, tasty. Bored of bananas? Try these combos and you’ll never look at bananas the same way again. heat up the oven to 380°F/180°C, stuff your banana with goodies like peanut butter and coconut flakes (left) or dark chocolate and chopped almonds (right). Pop them in the oven for roughly 10 minutes. Awesome party snack!
11. Baked Pears (Vegan)
Oh man, it’s already worth making baked pears just because of how great the kitchen smells when you shove them in the oven. They’re so easily prepared too: Slice a pear in half, scoop out the pit with a spoon. Now add a couple of walnuts, sprinkle cinnamon over them and drizzle maple syrup or honey (for non-vegans) on top. Off they go in the oven for about 25 minutes on 380°F/180°C.
Excellent snack for the cold times of the year! Over here you find more detailed recipe instructions.
12. Baked Apples (Vegetarian)
Similar to our two recipes above, but this time with apples and butter! Scoop out the pit of the apple and throw in nuts and dried fruit. Top them up with a mix of melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. Pop the apples in the oven for about 25 minutes on 380°F/180°C. Perfect Christmas snack right there! Check out a more detailed recipe of these apples over here.
13. Avocado Toast (Vegan)
Yes, there is an avocado on toast craze going around. But rightfully so! It’s an effortless, nutritious and most importantly scrumptious snack. Of course it would also work great as breakfast, lunch or dinner.
To make the version from the photo above toast the bread, and fry a couple of cherry tomatoes with a drizzle of oul in a pan. In the meantime mash the avocado and sprinkle in some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Now assemble everything. Kick-ass! On that note: we created many more awesome avocado toast recipes. Check them out over here!
14. Yogurt with an awesome Topping (Vegetarian)
Yogurt is and shall remain an important component in our snacking culture. And I’m not speaking of those over-sugared versions, but of proper plain natural yogurt. Make a craft out of it. You won’t believe how many different, almost artisan creations you can come up with. The ingredients of the version above are grapes, walnuts, some cinnamon and a few sprinkles of maple syrup. Love it! Up for more ideas? Have a look over here.
This is just a sample of the fantastic easy to find, tasty and healthy alternatives out there. Don’t be fooled into thinking the only snacks around a sugar heavy, calorie laden, crazily processed crap. They’re not, and you don’t have to buy them.
Before we go, what is your favourite healthy snack? Let us know in the comments!
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