If you are wondering what you can snack on that is both vegan and healthy, we’ve got you covered with everything from fat-free potato chips to high-protein roasted chickpeas. Every kind of eater will love these healthy vegan snacks.
When you are trying to eat healthy, and hunger strikes mid-morning or mid-day, it is easy to be tempted by high-fat processed foods that can derail your best efforts. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Making healthy choices for snacking on a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Instead of reaching for store-bought junk food, opt for some of these delicious plant-based options.
What healthy snacks are vegan?
Many of you may be new to this plant-based diet thing and wondering what in the world you can snack on that is vegan and healthy.
Sure, high-fat overly processed vegan snacks abound on the shelves of grocery stores, but they certainly don’t make for optimal nutritional value.
When it comes to snack time, finding something low-fat and healthy to eat is key to helping to stay on target and not make poor choices.
Healthy vegan snacks include things like:
Oil-free french fries
Veggies and hummus
Homemade granola bars
Roasted and seasoned chickpeas
Whether you’re in the mood for sweet, savory, or just plain crunchy, there are plenty of recipes to choose from in this list.
Vegan sweet snacks
If it is a sweet-tooth that gets you every time, never fear because there are lots of healthier sweet vegan snacks that can help fill that need.
An important factor in healthy vegan snacking can be prep time. We have compiled a short list of some options that can be made in 15 minutes or less. Of course, the fastest healthy snack on the planet is fresh fruit–apples, oranges, grapes, peaches, plums, and more!
Think healthy– Choose whole food as often as possible. Veggies and fruit make the most nutritious and delicious snacks.
Nuts– When selecting nuts to snack on, opt for the raw unsalted versions rather than the varieties with added oil and salt.
Portion size- Remember that you are trying to ward off hunger and not make a meal of a snack because calories add up fast.
Plan ahead– When you are hungry is not the best time to decide what to eat. Have snacks already prepared and portioned out as part of your daily meal prep.
Pack snacks- If you’ve ever been running errands and become “hangry” (hungry and angry) you know how easy it is to just eat anything you can get your hands on. Carrying convenient, ready-to-eat snacks in your bag can help you stay committed to your health objectives when unexpected situations occur. Include non-perishable options such as trail mix, whole-grain crackers, nutritious granola bars, or fresh whole fruits.
Healthy snacking does not have to be difficult. Most of the recipes in this list can be made in 30 minutes or less! Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.
This Vegan Cheese Recipe has been a long time coming. Though I have a number of great dairy-free cheese recipes already, all of them have been sauces. That’s where this one is different. It’s actually sliceable for serving on crackers, sandwiches, and charcuterie boards.
This low-fat Italian Vegan Hummus is delicious on sandwiches, in wraps, or served with fresh vegetables and pita bread. It's completely oil and tahini-free, so the calories and fat per serving are very low.
Three ingredients and a blender are all you need to make this refreshing mango ice cream recipe. The simplicity of homemade nice cream makes it an excellent option for a healthy treat you can feel good about serving.
Sometimes you just need something a little sweet that doesn’t require a lot of effort. Whether you’re making a snack for yourself or for a crowd, these easy stuffed dates are the perfect healthy dessert or snack.
This Vegan Nacho Cheese is incredible as a dip for baked chips as well as on fries, baked potatoes, and pizza. For healthy burritos and quesadillas, it can't be beaten! Make it with cashews or white beans.
This bean dip is one of the easiest recipes you will ever make with only 3-4 ingredients and prep time of 15 minutes flat! Recipe is from The Cancer Survivor's Guide by Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians Committee.
This oil-free hummus with roasted red pepper requires only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to make. If you have 10 minutes and a blender or food processor, you've got a delicious healthy snack.
Chocolate dipped strawberries are such an easy treat to make with only 2-ingredients required. Whether for an edible gift or as a special dessert at home, these chocolate strawberries make a beautiful and tasty display.
Air popping is one of the healthiest ways to prepare popcorn because it does not involve oil, which adds to the fat and calorie content. It can be made on the stove top, in an air popper or in the microwave.
What size board should be used?Truthfully, the size and type of board are totally up to you and on the size of the crowd you’ll be feeding on it.You can purchase a special charcuterie board that comes with little bowls, slots, and utensils. Or, you could just use a cutting board that you already have on hand.The size will depend on the number of people being served. If it’s just a couple of people, something like an 8″×8″ or 9″×13″ will work just fine. If it’s a larger crowd, you might want to go with an 18″x24″ board that should accommodate up to 10 people or more if there are other dishes being served.Pro tips & suggestions
Keep it dry- Foods that tend to hold juice should be served in a bowl. Things like olives, pickels, and artichoke hearts will cause crackers and bread to become dampened if they are loose on the board.
Spread colors- Try to spread out the foods that are similar in colors such as red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes so that the color is balanced on the board.
Don’t go overboard- Believe me, there are SO many food items to choose from that it will be hard to narrow it down. Don’t get all crazy about trying too many different types of food. Keep it simple.
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About Terri Edwards
Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy. I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…