Let's admit it – we all love snacks! Whether you're bored, craving for something, or just wanting to fill your stomach before the next principal meal comes along, snacking is probably your best solution. And yes, we may be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of snacking, but sometimes, we tend to say, "Who cares?" but let me remind you that WE care.
Snacking isn't bad for you if you do it in moderation and that you make healthy choices. Healthy snacks, although boring as it sounds, can be an excellent snacking method you should try. Let's run through some of the healthy and nutritious items that you should be adding to the top of your snacking ideas.
1. Raw Chocolate Brownies Bites (Without Nuts)
There are a lot of snacks nowadays that are full of nuts. This nut-free snack is not only a delicious snack but is also a healthy snack for you! These chocolate bites have a creamy texture and intense chocolate flavor that reminds of a brownie. This healthy snack is a perfect on-the-go snack that you can bring and share at the workplace, school, or travel. Watch out for the high calories and saturated fats though!
2. Tropical Cashew No-Bake Snack Bars
The Tropical Cashew No-Bake Snack Bars include Hawaiian flavors that are perfect for your taste buds! All you need are dried pineapple, cashew, coconut, lime, and a coconut glaze mixed to form a snack bar. This easy dessert-style snack bars recipe has an explosion of tropical flavor!
3. Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Balls
Chocolates don't always ruin one's diet. Some kinds of chocolates may be beneficial to health if taken in moderation. If you are looking for a quick, low-calorie energy boost, these healthy chocolate coconut no-bake balls are perfect. They are naturally low-carb and protein-packed.
4. Soybean Succotash
Ofcourse, soybeans will be a part of the list. It is one of the healthy vegan snacks that you and your loved ones can try. Soybeans are known to have an ample amount of calcium and iron, and they also have protein. Just 1/2 cup of soybeans has about 34 grams of protein. Make a quick snack-able succotash with some soybeans, cherry tomatoes, grilled corn, and chopped green peppers.
5. Lentil Balls
Lentils contain a vast amount of amino acids and satisfying fiber which makes them a genuinely ideal snack for vegans. This snack is also perfect for those who are hungry for healthy plant-based protein. You can transform lentils into soups, tacos, and even these meatless balls. The balls taste more delicious with any sauce you can concoct.
6. Fruit and Nut Butter
Fruit and nut butter, made from blended nuts, is a delicious vegan snack with many nutritional benefits. Fruits provide a tremendous amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. On the same note, nut butter is rich in fiber and protein that can help you feel full and energized. With these two ingredients combined, you can have a weight-friendly yet delicious snack. Some of the popular combinations include, but not limited to, bananas or apples with cashew, almond or peanut butter. Ensure that you only select ingredients that bring the most nutritional benefits. Select a nut butter without added sugar, oil or salt.
7. Crackers and Guacamole
Guacamole is a vegan dip made from avocado, onion, and garlic as well as lime juice. It is a healthy snack, and it contains many beneficial nutrients. For example, avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, fiber, and potassium — all of which may promote heart health. You can prepare your guacamole or purchase a premade version without added salt or sugar. Also, ensure that you only choose 100% whole-grain crackers to pair with guacamole for a healthy vegan snack.
8. Avocado and Rice Cakes
Avocados are known to be a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. Furthermore, they contain riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, as well as potassium, to name a few. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Rice cakes are a snack food similar to crackers. Rice cakes are from puffed rice that has been packed together and shaped into circles. The most nutritious rice cakes are made from whole-grain brown rice and contain few other ingredients. Two brown rice cakes provide 14 grams of carbs for less than 70 calories. They make a balanced vegan snack with both healthy fats and fiber. You can sprinkle the rice cakes with toasted sesame seeds for extra crunch and flavor.
9. Homemade Salsa and Tortilla Chips
This is one of the healthy snacks that never gets old. Salsa comes from chopped tomatoes, onions, lime juice, salt, and seasonings. It's rich in vitamin C, potassium and the beneficial plant compound lycopene from the tomatoes. Many studies have revealed that high intakes of lycopene may help lower the risk of heart disease*. To complete the recipe, eat the salsa with tortilla chips. However, always take note that store-bought chips may come with vegetable oil and excess salt. To make you homemade tortilla chips, slice a few tortillas, brush them with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F (175°C).
10. Seaweed Crisps
This is one of the healthy snacks that originated from the Japanese people. Seaweed crisps come from sheets of seaweed that have been baked, sliced into squares and seasoned with salt. They are vegan and low-calorie snack loaded with folate (vitamin B9), fiber, vitamins A, and C. Moreover, they are an excellent source of iodine, a nutrient that naturally occurs in seawater and is vital to proper thyroid functioning. When you purchase your seaweed crisps, don't forget to check the label and select the ones with the minimal ingredients. Less is more.
11. Frozen Grapes
Frozen grapes are small spherical fruits that grow on vines and come in purple, red, green, and black. One cup (151 grams) of grapes has more or less 28% of the daily value for vitamin K and 27% of the daily value for vitamin C. Moreover, they are rich in polyphenols, which are plant compounds that may help protect the body from virus infections and certain illnesses. Grapes are a delicious vegan snack. For a refreshing treat, keep grapes in a container in your freezer and enjoy a handful when hunger and craving strikes.
12. Homemade Wheat Thins
As with the store-bought originals, an all-vegan formula is a key to homemade Wheat Thins. You can try using butter instead of oil. This way, the crackers will take on a nuttiness that covers up their signature malt and wheat flavors. Many people are toasting their wheat germ to nail the grainy texture, as well as turmeric to give the crackers their color and aroma.
13. Sweet Potato Quesadillas
Quesadillas without cheese may seem a little off as they come as a partner with cheese. However, they are indeed a thing in Mexico. They can be delicious and healthy at the same time. You can try mixing some mashed leftover sweet potato with cilantro, scallions, and pickled jalapeños. Although, you can sub whatever other quesadilla fillings strike your fancy. Then, spread it over half of a flour tortilla, fold it; and cook it in plenty of oil. And there you go, a healthy way to snack over quesadillas!
14. Korean Fried Cauliflower
This saucy Korean-style cauliflower snack is a creative way of making a delicious and healthy snack. Toss the golden-brown nuggets in either a sweet soy-garlic sauce or a sweet-and-spicy chili sauce, depending on your taste. The cauliflower florets' thin, shatteringly crisp crust combined with cornstarch, flour, and vodka batter. Then, add sesame seeds and coconut flakes to the mixture to give it a delicate nuttiness and extra crunch.
15. Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos
The last but not the least is all about nachos, but nachos in a healthy way. You can use freshly fried tortilla wedge since they are sturdier than store-bought chips. They can serve as a base for vegan refried beans and chili, Roasted-Tomato Salsa, guacamole, and tons of fresh and pickled veggies. Layering the chips and toppings for even coverage is a little extra work, but it's worth it for the many more balanced bites you'll get. This healthy snack is perfect for a movie marathon, binging, travel, or when your craving starts.
Everyone wants a healthy body and avoid cravings to manage their weight effectively. However, some people don't have the luxury of time to stock the above mentioned healthy snacks to their pantry and fridge.
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