Snacking is an important part of our daily routine, providing us with the necessary energy and nutrients to sustain us throughout the day. However, not all snacks are created equal. Plant based snacking offers numerous health benefits for those looking to improve their overall health and well-being. In this topic, we will explore why plant based snacking is a good thing and provide you with some healthy and easy snack ideas to try out. We will also give you a few indulgent plant based options so you have the ability to be flexible with your choices when you want.
Why Plant Based Snacking is a Good Thing…
A plant based diet is one that emphasizes the consumption of whole, minimally processed plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Choosing plant based snacks over traditional animal-based snacks has many benefits, including:
- Nutrient-Dense: Plant based snacks are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other essential nutrients that are important for overall health and well-being.
- Low in Saturated Fat: Plant based snacks are naturally low in saturated fat, which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions.
- Sustainable: Plant based snacks have a lower environmental impact compared to animal-based snacks, making them a more sustainable choice.
- Ethical: Plant based snacks do not contribute to animal cruelty or exploitation, making them an ethical choice for those concerned about animal welfare.
Let’s take a look at a few plant based snacks that are on the healthier side that are easy to throw together and are fairly portable:
- Fresh Fruit: Apples, bananas, oranges, berries, and grapes are all easy-to-eat snacks that are packed with nutrients. Add a dollop of sun (or nut) butter and you have a very complete and filling snack.
- Raw Vegetables: Carrots, cucumbers, celery, and bell peppers are all great options for a crunchy, refreshing snack. Make it more indulgent (but not overwhelmingly) by dipping into a plant based creamy dressing.
- Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are all packed with protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients. A simple handful of these can keep you fulfilled for hours.
- Roasted Chickpeas: Roasted chickpeas are a crunchy, savory snack that is high in protein and fiber.
- Hummus and Veggies: Pairing fresh vegetables with a scoop of hummus is a delicious and nutritious snack that is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Now let’s look at a few more indulgent “treats” for those times when you are craving a little bit more…
- Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and is a delicious treat when enjoyed in moderation. Grab a small handful of these dark chocolate chips when you need an extra boost.
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa: There could be a worse selection in the health department. Most tortilla chips have surprisingly few ingredients and salsas can be a fresh and tasty way to fill up.
- Bowl of Kids Sugary Cereal: When you just need a dose of sweet, these can satisfy a craving quickly.
- Vegan Ice Cream: Made from plant based milk alternatives, vegan ice cream is a delicious indulgence. A few brands we love are: BEN & JERRY’S (these non-dairy options are just as good as their dairy flavors), TRADER JOE’S (they are adding to their selections all the time), and SO DELICIOUS DAIRY FREE (these pints and bars will keep you coming back for more!).
Just remember to check the ingredient list of any packaged purchases to make sure that they contain only plant based items. Sometimes a non-vegan item is included when you least expect it. For more ideas, check out our SNACKS and TREATS Printable Meal Guides (PMGs)!
By opting for these plant based snacks, you not only get to indulge in delicious treats but also have the convenience of easy preparation and portability. Moreover, they provide essential nutrients to keep you going, all while being eco-friendly. So next time you feel like snacking, choose one of these plant based options and enjoy guilt-free munching!