Today’s post is all about my favourite vegan snacks, which just so happen to be really good for you. I don’t go by the vegan label, but I don’t consume dairy, nor am I the biggest fan of the majority of meats. But eggs and cheese… Man, they are my downfall. Despite this, the vegan lifestyle is one that I personally have a lot of respect for, as I’m very passionate about animal rights and preservation. With that in mind, I give you my little slice of vegan lifestyle, for all of the world to see 🙂
Vanilla Yogurt-Covered Strawberries (Soy)
Known as a bona fide superfood, strawberries are something you should be eating regularly. They’re packed full of antioxidants, including vitamin C, which boosts your immune system, hence reducing the risk of contracting future illnesses. It’s just a bonus that they’re super sweet, so they can satisfy your sugar craving without you having to consume bad sugars. I just dip these in my favourite yogurt, which is the Alpro Soy Vanilla, and it is SO GOOD. I place them on some foil after dipping, and pop them in the freezer for half an hour. And voila, you have a pretty, Pinterest-worthy snack!
One reason that I chose pecans is because they’re absolutely delicious, and in my opinion, addictive. Not only that, but there’s a lot of health benefits connected to eating pecans, so even if you over-indulge every once in a while, you don’t have to feel too guilty 😉 First off, they promote good digestion, as well as a healthy heart, teeth and bones. They’re also an anti-inflammatory, and reduce the risk of blood pressure, and even the risks of cancer and strokes. So ummm, where are those little miracles?! The method for this one is pretty simple, just set out your pecans on some foil, drizzle with a generous amount of maple syrup, and chill/bake until they’re no longer sticky. Tada! These are definitely my favourite out of the five snacks I’ve listed in this post, they’re a regular go-to now! So. Yum.
The healthy alternative to crisps/potato chips. Another one that I’m pretty much addicted to, which is great, as I can feel better about eating them than I would about a greasier/high in fat equivalent. The benefits of eating lentils include good digestion and heart health, as well as lower cholesterol, and an increase in energy. They can even aid in weight loss, as they’re not as processed or starchy as other carbohydrates. No method here, just open the bag, pour out a portion, and enjoy!
Hummus on, well… Anything
Never did I think I’d find a paste made from pulses, roots and spices that I’d love so much. I can’t be the only one who thinks that Nutella is healthy because it comes from a (cocoa) plant, right?! (lol) I’ll try to keep this short, because hummus has quite a few ingredients. Chickpeas can improve the symptoms of diabetes, promote good bone and heart health, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure, benefits that are also shared by garlic. The great thing about hummus is that it tastes amazing on pretty much everything. Crackers, oatcakes, toast… I’ve even dipped it in naan bread in the past. It’s become a fridge staple because it’s so variable! Love.
Home-Made Chocolate Chip Flapjacks
And now, a tutorial!.. Recipe… Thing? Flapjacks are what I would consider to be the better equivalent to biscuits. And because their main ingredient is oats, so they’ll keep you fuller for longer, and stop you from mindlessly snacking throughout the day. Anyone else extremely guilty of this??? AMEN
What You’ll Need:
– 3 to 4 scoops of porridge oats
– 4 tablespoons of dairy-free butter
– Maple/Golden syrup
– Dairy-free chocolate chips (Optional)
1) Pour oats into a mixing bowl.
2) Melt butter and add maple syrup. Mix, and add to oats, mixing well.
3) Add chocolate chips, and mix well. (Optional)
4) Spread flat in a baking tray, and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
5) Allow to cool, then dig in!
What are your favourite vegan snacks?