As many people look towards the world we currently live in and see the impact being made on the environment, there has been an increase in the number of people taking up becoming Vegan, or reducing their meat intake at the very least.
So, with that being said, Ollie Ollerton, ex-Special Forces soldier and founder of Battle Ready 360, (a fitness, wellbeing and nutrition app), shares his favourite vegan snacks to help you stick to your new diet regime.
Being vegan isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay, trialling a vegan diet, looking to reduce your meat intake or if you’re just looking for some simple and healthy snack ideas, then we’ve got you covered.
Meal planning can be time consuming, but these snacks are quick and easy to rustle up and will keep you feeling fuller for longer, whilst ticking off your New Year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle.
So, here are six vegan snack ideas for you to try out.
- Hummus and vegetables
A classic, but one that everyone loves!
Hummus and vegetables are such a tasty treat, and one that will satisfy you until your next meal.
Made from chickpeas, hummus is high in fibre, healthy fats as well as vitamin B and C.
Choose your favourite fresh vegetables and get dipping!
- Apple slices and nut butter
Pink Lady, Granny Smith, or Golden Delicious? Whatever your favourite apple, slice it up and serve with a generous spoonful of nut butter.
Peanut, almond and hazelnut butter all make fantastic, tasty dips.
This vegan snack is full of fibre, vitamins and proteins, keeping you fuller for longer and providing you with an extra burst of energy.
- Butterscotch Bliss Balls
The perfect pick-me-up snack, these bliss balls are ideal for batch cooking and can also be altered to suit your preferences.
- 100g of walnuts, soaked and dehydrated
- 1 tbsp of maca
- ½ tbsp of raw honey
- ½ tbsp of coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ tsp of vanilla past, optional
Step 1: Place the walnuts in a bowl and cover with filtered water.
Step 2: Dissolve ½ tsp of salt in the water and leave the walnuts to soak for at least seven hours.
Step 3: Drain and rinse, then spread on a large tray and dry in an oven at 50°C, leaving for 12-24 hours. Turn occasionally.
Step 4: Blend all of the ingredients together. The mixture should stick together when pinched between your fingers.
Step 5: Roll into 1-inch balls and allow to set in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
- Guacamole and crackers
If you’re looking for something savoury, then this is the vegan snack for you.
Filled with healthy fats and a variety of vitamins, guacamole makes for the perfect afternoon snack when paired with wholegrain crackers.
Tip: Add a bit of chilli for an extra kick.
- Trail Mix
Trail mix is a combination of nuts, seeds, dried food and often, chocolate. To ensure this snack is completely vegan-friendly and to get all of your favourites in there, we recommend making your own.
With plenty to choose from, including sunflower and pumpkin seeds, raisins, almonds, pecans and vegan dark chocolate, a trail mix is the perfect way to create your very own healthy pick and mix!
And a good source of protein, healthy fats and fibre, this is a sure-fire way to get a whole load of what your body needs.
- Battle Ready Fuel Protein Shake
Up your intake of protein with Battle Ready Fuel’s Vegan Protein.
A smooth blend of pea and hemp protein, this shake has the taste of peanut butter, perfect for curbing your cravings!
Those are just six vegan snacks that will help curb your cravings and keep you feeling fuller for longer. And with the current coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, it is more important than ever before to ensure that we are as healthy as can be, whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or not.