When you’re in a rush out the door, you need snacks that are quick and easy to grab — but when you’re vegan, finding this kind of snack is not always easy. What should you do? What are some good animal-product-free products and foods to buy? What sort of foods should you keep on hand? To help answer those questions, here are five great on-the-go, totally vegan snacks to check out!
Coconut Water: Keeping hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your body, so respond to cravings with ultra-hydrating pure coconut water. Whether you buy snack size or pour some into a to-go mug or thermos, you have a surefire way to fuel your body on the go.
Fresh or Dried Fruit: It doesn’t get any easier than fresh fruit. Keep apples, pears, bananas, clusters of grapes, and other easy-to-eat fruits on hand at all times, and when you’re rushing out the door, you can grab a couple to take with you. Likewise, dried fruit makes a fun and easy snack. If you’re in the car a lot, stash a few bags of dried cherries, raisins or mangoes in the glove compartment to tide you over while you’re running errands or commuting.
Homemade Energy Balls: The Internet is filled with recipes for raw energy bars and balls, simple to blend and assemble at home and easy to bring with you while you travel. For a great recipe to get you started, try the date-cashew-coconut-almond balls over at Young and Raw.
Guacamole or Hummus: Pair some fresh veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, etc.) with spreads like guacamole or hummus, and you have a filling, flavorful way to keep cravings at bay. Here’s a quick, three-ingredient guacamole from Oh She Glows, made of just avocados, pico de gallo, and salt. Likewise, check out this super-smooth Hummus in the Blender from Fat Free Vegan.
Roasted Chickpeas: Loaded with protein, roasted chickpeas help you feel full and offer a flavorful, crunchy way to keep your mouth busy while you’re rushing around. You can make your own using a recipe like this easy one from AllRecipes.com, or you can grab any of the prepackaged vegan chickpea snack bags on the market today.
Your Thoughts: What are some of your favorite on-the-go vegan snacks to take with you when you’re around town or traveling? Do you pack snacks in your car or grab them when you leave the house? Do you prefer homemade snacks or the packaged kind you grab quickly at the store?
Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, for PacMoore, headquartered in Hammond, Indiana. PacMoore is one of the leading certified organic food manufacturers focused on processing dry ingredients for the food industry. Its capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, and consumer packaging.
- For more tips on plant-based nutrition, make sure to browse VegKitchen’s Nutrition page.