Eating healthy doesn’t mean going hungry. Even if you’re a vegan (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or honey), you still have tons of delicious options for healthy snacks.
An ideal snack provides 100-250 calories, with a combo of protein and fiber to keep you full and energized. Protein bars are great, but why not think outside the bar? Whether you’re a full-time vegan, a flexitarian, or are simply looking for some new between-meal munchies, here are some healthy snacks to try.
Sweet healthy snacks
Trail Mix: Mix 2 tablespoons each almonds and pumpkin seeds. Add 1 tablespoon each of dried cranberries and roasted coconut flakes for a touch of sweetness. (~200 calories)
Homemade Energy Bites: In a food processor, pulse 1 cup of your favorite nuts or seeds with 6-7 medjool dates, vanilla, and cinnamon until a paste forms. You can add a tablespoon each of dried cherries or chocolate chips if desired. Form into 4 balls. (~200 calories per ball)
Chia Pudding: Whisk together two tablespoons chia seeds in 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk. Season with vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia to taste. A tablespoon of cocoa powder adds a rich chocolate flavor. Allow to sit at least 4 hours or until chia seeds have absorbed the liquid. Garnish with berries and a pinch of coconut flakes. (~250 calories)
Simple Smoothie: Blend 1 cup unsweetened coconut water or non-dairy milk with half a frozen banana, 1 large handful spinach, ice, and the protein powder of your choice. (~200 calories)
PB&J Sweet Potato: Bake a small sweet potato or steam in the microwave. A teaspoon each of peanut butter and jelly offer a satisfying sweet fix. (~200 calories)
Savory healthy snacks
Roasted Chickpeas: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss half a cup chickpeas with 1 teaspoon olive oil and your favorite spices. Roast on a foil-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, or until crispy, shaking a few times to prevent sticking. (~150 calories)
Avocado Toast: Top a slice of your favorite whole grain toast with a quarter to a half of an avocado. Garnish with a dash of sea salt and a teaspoon of chia, sesame, or hemp seeds. (~250 calories)
Hummus & Veggies: Slice up your favorite raw vegetables and dip into a quarter cup of hummus for a filling snack. (~200 calories)
Edamame: Heat up frozen edamame. Enjoy a half-cup, shelled, as a filling snack. (~120 calories)
“Cheesy” Popcorn: Place ¼ cup of corn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over twice and microwave bag on high in one-minute increments. The popcorn is done when the kernels stop popping. Shake in a tablespoon of nutritional yeast. (~150 calories)
Happy healthy snacking!