When I first went vegan, I realized that I needed to eat a LOT more than I was used to. It took some getting used to, and felt wrong at times, but eventually I learned that my portion sizes needed to be bigger and I also needed to snack more in-between my meals.
Plus, I am very prone to low blood sugar, so keeping good vegan snacks on hand at all times is essential for me.
Whether you’re working in an office, on a long road trip/flight, or just busy running errands, it’s always a good idea to keep at least a couple snacks on hand.
Keeping the snacks simple, quick, and easy, while remaining healthy, is my top priority. That’s why this list doesn’t contain any fancy recipes with a lot of prep work. I simply want to give you simple, everyday snacks you can bring with you when you’re on the go.
Benefits of Snacking
One of my favorite things about snacking is that it keeps my blood sugar levels in check. I’ve been trying to get my dad to carry some vegan snacks with him because he gets sooo hungry in between meals and ends up gorging on a large meal once he gets home from work. Not only does eating a large meal spike your blood sugar and raise insulin levels, but it can also lead to a sluggish metabolism and weight gain.
Luckily, there are many quick and easy plant-based snacks out there that you carry with you whenever you need a lil’ pick-me-up!
Whenever I pack a snack, I make sure it is:
- Quick and easy
Veggies and Hummus
One of my all-time favorite snack foods is vegetables with hummus.
Okay, fine. Hummus is my favorite snack food. The vegetables are simply the vehicle used to eat the hummus, but it’s just so dang good!
Chop your veggies up and put them in a reusable container with a big dollop of hummus and you are good to go.
My favorite vegetables to pair with this delectable dip are:
- Bell peppers
If you’re not feelin’ the veggies, you can always have crackers with hummus too. My favorite ones are Mary’s Gone Crackers flax crackers.
You can even add some more flavor to this by using different varieties of hummus such as red bell pepper, garlic, or beetroot hummus!
Granola bars are always a good option if you’re wanting an on-the-go snack or don’t have time to prep. I personally love eating bars because they make me feel full and give me that chewy/crunchy mouthfeel that I crave at times.
My favorite vegan snack bars are:
- Lara Bars- the peanut butter cookie dough is to die for.
- KIND Bars- great if you want a nice, crunchy bar.
- Clif Bars- these ones seem to keep me full the longest.
Sweet and Savory Rice Cakes
I never think to buy rice cakes and used to think that they kind of taste like air. But, my old roommate would buy them and I always found myself snacking on them! They actually taste pretty good when dressed up a bit.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to dress up rice cakes:
- Peanut butter and banana slices
- Guacomole and tomato slices
- Hummus and tomatoe slices
- Plain (the cinnamon-flavored ones are the best by themselves)
I usually go for the organic brown rice ones. They are gluten-free, vegan, and contain 0 grams of sugar. When you add the toppings I mentioned above, it will give you more nutrients (since rice cakes don’t contain much nutrition) and keep you fuller longer! Woo hoo!
…And Many More!
There are tons of other easy snack options when you want something quick and filling.
Some other ideas are:
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Apples and peanut butter
- Vegan yogurt and granola
- Corn chips with guac or salsa
- Date balls (can usually be purchased in bulk at your local grocery store)
As you can see, there are many great plant-based snack options available that don’t require a recipe or a lot of prep work. This list was intended to remind people of the simple, every day snacks that can fuel you throughout your day!
I absolutely love bringing these snacks with me to work or even when I’m running errands. It prevents me from getting too hungry and running out and buying something processed or unhealthy.
So give these options a try and let me know how it works for you. And as always, please leave a comment below if you have some other good vegan snacks that you like to munch on. 🙂