One of the great things about being vegan is the huge range of snacks that you can eat between meals without feeling guilty. As long as you keep the salt under control, you’re not going to get any artery-clogging cholesterol, and you’ll keep your saturated fats to a minimum. However, here is the best thing – vegan snacks just taste so much nicer than anything carnivores eat between meals, so you can munch away with a smile on your face. Here are some great examples.
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First of all, there are classic nut bars. These are available in so many different combinations that you can enjoy a different one every day of the week. It might be cashews one day, peanuts another day, and almonds the next. Mix this in with a choice of cherries, cranberries and raisins, and the possibilities are almost endless. Nut bars are a great source of protein, good carbohydrates and unsaturated fats, so you know that they’re doing you a world of good. And, they taste absolutely delicious.
For a real change of pace, hummus and raw vegetables are a great way of getting fiber into your diet while crunching away on something delectable. The slightly nutty, grainy taste of hummus is a wonderful contrast to the crisp sensation of celery, carrots, green peppers, or even cauliflower florets. You can buy hummus, but it’s also easy to make your own using garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic and lemon juice, so why not give it a try? If you do, have a go at varying the recipe by adding extra roasted garlic or even roasted red peppers – the results will delight your taste buds.
If you’re looking for a snack that’s about as easy as it gets, just grab a handful of almonds and goji berries. Goji berries – the fruits of two related species of lycium plants – actually originated in China, but they are now starting to be cultivated in the US and Canada to meet growing demand. Goji berries are packed full of antioxidants, and some people believe that they can help with conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, circulation problems, cancer, and even malaria. However, the point here is that they taste wonderful, and strike just the right balance of sweetness when combined with almonds.
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If you are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips, then why not try a batch of kale chips instead? They have a fraction of the calories that you find in everyday potato chips, and they only take about 15 minutes to make. Just tear up kale into bite-size pieces and spread these out in a single layer. Then, Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, and then put them into a preheated 375 degree oven for about 10 to 15 minutes until they’re starting to get nice and crispy. Alternatively, have a go at making sweet potato chips – making these is pretty similar, except that you’ll want to put some pepper onto the sweet potato slices in addition to the salt and olive oil, and then cook them in a 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping the chips halfway through.
Hope you enjoy this tips for preparing healthy meal for your family!