Quick Snacks for the Vegetarian/Vegan

 

I find myself searching for creative snacks.  While I love veggies and hummus, it can get boring after a while.  Here are some easy to prepare options that will leave your taste buds happy!

#1 Five Ingredient Chia Pudding (make in advance and store in individual serving mason jars for a great grab and go)

  • 8 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 cups of unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup or agave
  • fresh fruit for topping (insert your favorites here)

Divide all ingredients equally (except for the fruit topping) and place into the individual mason jars and let sit overnight in the fridge.  If you do not have individual mason jars, you can combine all ingredients into a large batch and then portion out the morning of.

Makes 4 1/2 cup servings (approximately 4 grams of protein per serving)

#2 Roasted Chick Peas

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

1 32oz can of chick peas

2 tbs Avocado Oil

2 tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Strain and rinse the chick peas, pat to dry.  Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and coat with avocado oil and salt.  Bake in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

These are delicious as is but here are some other options to flavor this crunch-tactic snack:

Turmeric and Lime: 2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp ginger and the juice from 1 lime

Ranch: 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp minced onion, 1 tsp dried dill, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper

“Parmesan”: 2 tbs nutritional yeast, 1 tsp truffle oil

# 3 Almond Butter and Banana Pinwheels

1 Whole Grain or Gluten Free Wrap

1 Banana cut into thin slices

4 tbs Almond Butter

Spread the almond butter on the wrap, evenly coating.  Lay out the slices of banana to cover the wrap.  Tightly roll the wrap.  Cut into bit sized pieces and enjoy!

#4 Mango to Tango Edamame Salad

1 bag of frozen organic shelled edamame thawed

2 ripe mangos cut into bite sized chunks

1 12 oz can organic black beans rinsed and drained

2 tbs paprika

Juice of 2 limes

2 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp avocado oil

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl, stirring to mix and coat.  Put into individual serving dishes.

#5 PB Apple Crunch Stack

2 thick sliced cored organic apples

2 tbs all natural, organic peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1/4 cup granola or gluten free granola

1/4 cup of coconut flakes

Spread the nut butter onto one slice of apple, sprinkle with granola and the coconut flakes.  Top with a second slice of apple, and repeat the process until you have 2 to 4 layers.  Eat like a sandwich and enjoy!

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