Updated: Nov 26, 2020
Check out these simple sweet and salty snack ideas that you can whip up in less than 5 minutes. The best part is - they're all made from plants.
By Allegra Pearl
During the past couple of months, COVID-19 has caused many aspects of my daily food routine to change. Since the start of the pandemic, I no longer find myself buying lunch on campus or going out for dinner with my friends. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is my constant snacking throughout the day. I find that whether you’re about to watch a Zoom lecture, attend a Microsoft teams meeting or simply watch the latest episode of The Bachelorette, adding a snack to the activity makes it that much better. This week I'm going to discuss some of my favourite salty and sweet vegan snacks that you can always find me munching on.
This affordable and delicious snack can be purchased from place like Costco and is a great way to satisfy all your salty cravings without the guilt of downing an entire bag of potato chips. Seaweed is a healthier alternative to typical salty snacks since it's a great source of Iodine, Tyrosine and antioxidants.
When I say popcorn you might think of the greasy stuff they sell at the movie theatre, but a few years ago I figured out how to turn what was once a treat into a simple, healthy snack I can whip up anytime at home. Just get some popcorn kernels from the grocery store and pop them at home on the stove. Popcorn itself it literally just popped corn - it's what you put on top that determines how healthy or unhealthy it is. When you're at home you have complete control over the amount of oil, salt and (plant-based) butter you put on and how you'd like to season it. I'd recommend getting some chipotle salt from Bulk Barn and/or adding on some nutritional yeast for a 'cheesy' flavour.
One thing that I can never refuse is a tasty fruit smoothie as a sweet snack. My go-to smoothie recipe consists of 1 banana, a few strawberries, a big spoonful of Fatso cacao butter and some oat milk. I find that this boost of natural sugars is just what I need to power through the rest of my day. No matter what kind of smoothie I make, I always make sure to add in some kind of berry, since they're an amazing source of antioxidants! It's also a great way to get your greens in - try adding in some spinach or even some kale to your smoothie if you're feeling adventurous. Furthermore, this healthy and delicious sweet treat is a great way to satisfy my intense mid-day sugar cravings and tides me over until dessert when I love to indulge in a Salted Caramel Swirl Dessert Bar from Daiya.
4. Date "Snicker Bars"
When I was little I used to love snacking on chocolate bars - Snickers in particular. Unfortunately these original bars aren't vegan, but I've got an alternative that's both! This "Snicker Bar" alternative is made with just 4 simple ingredients: Majool dates, nut butter, chocolate chips and sea salt. Simply make a cut lengthwise along the date, scoop in 1 tsp of nut butter of your choice, stuff in a few dairy-free chocolate chips, sprinkle on a touch of sea salt and enjoy.This sweet treat just can't be beat!
5. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
This last one is a protein & healthy fat take on an absolutely classic. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were always my mom's favourite so we'd always make them when I was growing up. Simply grab some whole wheat bread, spread on some peanut butter, top with a sliced banana and some kind of seed (flax or hemp seed) and you've an absolute power snack (or lunch!) to tide you over until your next meal.
Hope these snacks help give you some inspiration next time you find yourself rooting through the kitchen cupboards at 3pm! Stay tuned for my next blog post for more simple vegan snack ideas.