Today’s FAQ with talk all about snacks! I was never a snack person after childhood until a few months ago. After I went vegan and learned how to cook and eat whole foods I pretty much stuck to the three meals a day program. I didn’t feel like snacking in-between meals if I was eating wholesome food.
There is much debate on whether it’s better to have smaller meals throughout the day or eat 3 solid meals. Macrobiotic teachers taught me that there was no need to snack between meals so I didn’t. But now that I’m an athlete I see the benefit to having healthy snacks. I met with a trainer a few weeks ago that told me that having snacks kept your metabolism up and didn’t allow your blood sugar to drop too low. This makes perfect sense!
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Here are some great snack ideas, many of which came from our Facebook and Twitter community!
Lundberg Rice Chips or Rice Crackers with hummus
Seasonal fruit (personal fave)
Kale Chips (check out these recipes)
Corn chips and salsa or guacamole (personal fave)
Nut and fruit balls (Blueberry Hemp Balls from Blissful Bites)
Lara bars or Thunderbird bars
Homemade granola bars
Dried mango or pineapple (or other dried fruit, hopefully fruit-sweetened!)
Edamame (hopefully organic!)
Banana ice cream
Smoothies (with protein powder for me)
Handful of nuts
Veggies, fruit or crackers with nut butter (personal fave)
Polenta fries (with Basil Cashew Cheese Dipping Sauce from Blissful Bites)
Baked sweet potato fries
Toast with avocado and nooch (personal fave)
Roasted nori or seaweed
Flax crackers and dip
Curry Chickpea (Indian) Hummus by Dreena Burton
Chocolate Chip Energy Bites by Martine
Spicy Sunflower Nori Crackers by Ricki Heller
Not all vegan but some great ideas over at Go Dairy-free
A ton of delicious ideas by Angela at Oh She Glows
The Ultimate Vegan Snack Guide at One Green Planet
Cheap and easy snacks from Heather Nauta
Get a box of healthy snacks delivered to your door with Healthy Surprise
What are YOUR favorite snacks? Share with us in the comments!