The school year has begun, and with it comes a busier schedule. The cooler weather often inspires all sorts of warm and comforting plant-based recipes. Soups and stews and sauces – oh my!
But what about snacks? It’s so important to stay nourished and hydrated with plant-based snacks so you can feel good and work well throughout the day.
So how can we keep up our energy throughout the day without feeling like we’re always in the kitchen? Check out some helpful advice below.
The easiest way to stay consistently nourished with foods you feel good about is to plan ahead. Find a time during the week to spend half an hour preparing plant-based snacks you know you will enjoy and are easy to take along.
Usually this means washing and cutting some fruits and vegetables and setting things aside in the fridge. This makes it easy for you to grab a pre-made snack pack in the morning and head out the door feeling confident and prepared.
For the most impact on your hunger and energy level, follow the basic idea of including a fruit or vegetable with your snack, paired with a source of protein, fibre and/or fat.
Plant-Based Snack Ideas
Nuts are one of our most versatile sources of protein and healthy fats in a plant-based diet. They are also high in fibre which has been shown to help us feel full for longer. You can buy nuts in bulk, chopped, sliced, whole etc. They are easy to add to breakfast for an extra punch of energy or eaten in a handful for a crunchy plant-based snack.
Try making your own spiced nuts at home to control the salt content and store in a sealed container so they stay fresh for up to 2-3 weeks.
So many fruits and vegetables are just waiting to get dressed up and combined with flavours and textures that can make for a satisfying and yummy snack in a snap. Try adding a dollop of hummus inside a small bell pepper or half a large one.
Looking for something sweeter? Try spreading nut butter inside celery or make a banana boat instead. Both hummus and nut butters are sources of protein and fiber which combined with a fruit or vegetable make a balanced plant-based snack.
Don’t be afraid to pair foods that seem unusual. You might surprise yourself with a gourmet plant-based snack created in your own kitchen. See some of the more unusual combinations below for inspiration:
- Fruit and veggie chips: slice and bake eggplant, apples, zucchini and so on for a healthy spin on chips and dip.
- Cereal and dried fruit: choose a lower sugar cereal and put this combination in a bag for you to easily eat during your commute or at your desk.
- Whole wheat waffle strips and salsa
What are your favourite plant-based snacks for a busy day? Share with us below!
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