Since I started eating vegan, a majority of my previous go-to snack are now off limits because they contain meat or dairy. Previously, I would opt for protein rich snacks such as protein bars, cheese sticks and Greek yogurt. I was honestly a little lost as to what to eat for snacks when I first went vegan. I knew I could always have nuts, fruit, veggies and hummus but most days I wanted a snack with a little more substance. I also work at a small office with no kitchen so easy, ready-to-eat snacks were also a must. Thankfully, during the past couple of months, I’ve found some great vegan snacks that I look forward to eating. While some of these aren’t the most healthy and probably should be eaten in moderation, I think it’s important to occasionally eat “fun foods” and not be too strict. For example, vegan ice cream is loaded with fat and sugar and you probably shouldn’t be eating a pint a day if you want to get all your micronutrients; however, it is a great replacement for dairy ice cream when the ice cream craving hits.
A few of these snacks I ate before I went vegan and loved them just as much as I do now! Even if you’re not vegan, go ahead and give these snacks a try. You may be pleasantly surprised 🙂
- Roasted Chickpeas – this is my number one snack because they’re my FAVORITE. I ate these before I went vegan and now I eat them even more! You can make your own or buy them from the store. Personally, I like to buy The Good Bean brand from Costco. I’ve tried making them myself but they are a little tedious (i.e. making sure they’re completely dry before baking and taking off all the skins) so I prefer to buy them.
- Roasted Edamame – these are similar to roasted chickpeas; however, I like chickpeas a little more. I first discovered these at Sprouts when I was looking for a higher protein snack. These half twice as much protein as chickpeas and are a great salty snack. Again, I buy these at Sprouts but I’m sure you could make them yourself.
- Siggis Plant-Based Yogurt – one of the biggest things I was bummed about giving up was Greek yogurt. I loved Greek yogurt and had tried many dairy free yogurts in the past that were disgusting to say the least. I had little hope of finding a vegan yogurt I liked until I came across Siggis, again at Sprouts wondering the aisles. These actually taste like dairy yogurt; they have that thick, creamy texture that is lacking in most other dairy-free yogurts and each container has 10 grams of protein. The cons of this yogurt are the high price point and the 7g of saturated fat (from the coconuts & macadamia nuts). These are definitely more of a treat for me but I love that they’re an option.
- GoMacro Bars – After I found out my favorite vegan protein bar, Square Organics, went out of business in May, I knew 2020 was just not my year. Luckily, I bought a few boxes before they went out of business but I knew they wouldn’t last forever. So, I started the overwhelming task of looking for my new favorite vegan protein bar. If you’ve never been in the protein bar aisle of a supplement store, let me just tell you that there’s A LOT of them. I bought a few and while they were all okay, they weren’t great. They all had the same chalky, dry protein bar taste that I was not a fan of. While at Costco I noticed these GoMacro bars and decided to try them out. I had heard about them before but never tried them. WOW, these bars were amazing. I had one and was instantly hooked. I had finally found my new favorite protein bar! Not only are they delicious, but they’re also owned by a mother/daughter company and genuinely want to make a difference in the world.
- So Delicious Strawberry Mousse – this mousse dessert is the perfect sweet treat to end the night. With only 300 calories per pint, this dessert is light and airy yet satisfying. A pint is $5-6 so a little pricey but I love these on warm summer nights.
- White Cheddar Hippeas – be warned: you WILL eat the entire bag in one sitting. If you like cheese puffs, you’ll love these! These chickpea puffs are a great snack to have on hand when you’re craving some cheese puffs. They have a good amount of protein per serving and I feel better about eating these than regular potato chips.