FAQ11 With a Vegan Chef: What kind of snacks do you eat?

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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)

Popcorn

Corn chips and salsa or guacamole (personal fave)

Blueberry Hemp BallsNut 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)

Roasted chickpeas

Sage Polenta Fries with Basil Cashew Cheese Dipping SaucePolenta fries (with Basil Cashew Cheese Dipping Sauce from Blissful Bites)

Fruit-based popsicles

Baked sweet potato fries

Toast with avocado and nooch (personal fave)

Roasted nori or seaweed

Flax crackers and dip

Stuffed avocados

 

 

Dehydrated Green Bean Garlic Crisps from Queer Vegan Food

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!

Comment List

  • Ricki 27 / 08 / 2012 Reply

    Such great suggestions–and thanks so much for including my nori crackers! I saw those green bean crisps and immediately thought, "I have to try those!" 🙂

    • Christy Morgan 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply

      Thanks and no problem! I’m still waiting for my dehydrator!! I can’t wait to make those green bean crisps!

  • Janae @ Bring-Joy 27 / 08 / 2012 Reply

    I think snacking is a matter of personal preference.  I've experimented with lots of different meal frequency patterns & I've found I like to match my eating to what's going on in my life.  When I'm really active, snacking does help.  With kids, though, snacking is an absolute must (at least for my boys, who NEVER stop moving!),  snack time is 3 x's a day!  

    Thanks for the great ideas Christy.

    • Christy Morgan 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply

      I have noticed that too. What are some of your kids favorite snacks?

  • Sara 27 / 08 / 2012 Reply

    Hummus hummus hummus- I NEVER get sick of it.  I also love Thunderbird bars!  My all-time favorite snack for when my tummy rumbles and my next meal is a ways off is definitely a big spoonful of nut or seed butter, straight from the jar.  Right now I'm obsessed with cashew and walnut butters!  And sunflower seed butter.  (Almond, too!)

    I may have a problem.  🙂

    • Christy Morgan 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply

      And there are so many ways and flavors to make with hummus you can never get bored!! I love me some nut and seed butters!

  • Sarah E. 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply

    Thank you for sharing my green bean recipe 😉

  • Martine 29 / 08 / 2012 Reply

    Great suggestions and resources!  I find that my tummy rumbles at 4pm every day, and try to have a healthy snack on-hand.  It ensures that I'm not starving come dinner time, so I can eat a smaller meal (which is better in the evenings anyways).  I do think that being an athlete increases your need for snacks – I work out in the morning, so tend to have an earlier lunch and then need a snack.  I posted a recipe for nut-free homemade lara bars today – you should check it out!

    • Christy Morgan 29 / 08 / 2012 Reply

      I love your recipe!! I’m going to add it to the list. Brilliant to use an ice cube tray to shape them. I always feel weird about ball shapes too 😉

  • Bill Prather 21 / 12 / 2012 Reply

    I like sunchoke chips. I slice them really thinly, then bake them with a little olive oil and sea salt @325, till they are golden brown

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  • BrandonSvendsen 15 / 10 / 2014 Reply

    Snacks are the best option for people who are busy with their works. The crucial time to have healthy food is morning and this is the time where most people miss. Snacks mentioned above may not be good breakfast, but it’s better than having nothing.

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