Try calling your kids out at play for a snack break and the expectations for potato chips, ice cream and pies would be skyrocketing. With all the adrenalin and hunger rushing through their systems, they dart to the picnic table with such gusto. Probably not that they are in deep starvation due to much running and Frisbees but because of the enthusiasm to embrace what’s in store for them in the picnic basket. What they see are vegetable sticks, rice cakes and tea – where is the fun in here then?
Healthy vegan snacks can certainly be hard to imagine up for a lunchbox. After all, how many people desperately crave a broccoli floret or a snap pea between meals? Take heart; vegans around the globe have conjured up some amazing snacks that can be toted all around town and still taste fabulous.
Healthy vegan snacks, ideally, should be fast, pre-prepared (even if it is at home), and most importantly, tasty. The following ideas are just a few ideas to get your own creative juices flowing.
* Pita sandwiches
Nearly everyone is familiar with the hummus and salad pitas sold in sandwich bistros. But pitas do not have to be only for those craving the Middle East. Try stuffing your pitas with a nut butter and a whole-fruit jam, honey, or fruit slices. Toast the pitas and pile on the beans and salsa, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes. These sandwiches are fast, easy, filling, and tasty at the same time.
* Chip n Dip
Health food stores have many brands of healthy corn chips that can easily be enjoyed with a store bought chunky salsa, a bit of guacamole, or a little hummus. What is even better: be adventurous and make your own dips. Chop up a tomato, half a red onion, add a little garlic salt and minced cilantro, and you will have an amazing salsa. For guacamole, simply mash an avocado, add your favorite chunky salsa, and salt to taste. And as for hummus, throw a can of garbanzos, a clove of garlic, and two tablespoons of lemon juice in the blender and blend until smooth. These healthy alternatives to store bought dips are well worth the effort put into making them.
* Trail Mix
Create your own trail mix by combining your favorite nuts, dried fruits, and seeds. Throw in a few carob chips and you will have a handful of snacking delight any time of day.
Some stores have delicious, prepackaged vegan soups that can be heated in the microwave and enjoyed any time of day. Try adding roasted pumpkin seeds to your soup for a tasty crunch.
Go out on a fruit shopping spree. Once home, wash your produce and portion into serving sizes in paper cups or other freezable containers. Each serving can be removed an hour or so before desired, so that you always have fresh fruit available to satisfy that sugar craving.
With just a little creativity, healthy vegan snacks can be easily made and enjoyed. Head out to the produce section of the grocery store to find your favorite fruits, veggies, and nuts. Once home, you will be able to transform them into a myriad of delicious delights perfect for snacking at home or on the go.
The appetite for chips and cakes will forever live. It is a given that these are but delicious treats that even adults fail to resist. So for healthy snacks to be incorporated in one’s food habits, it has to be done gradually without compromising on both the essential and the palatable. While a healthy snack is vital, it is undeniable that junk food will be part of one’s longing. Well, perhaps not for the vegetarians but for the most part of the eating populace. They could guzzle up slices of delectable cakes while probably watching a thirty minute television show.
So instead of going all the way, incorporating one or two healthy options would perhaps do the trick. Kids are not the easiest students when it comes to eating habits. Letting them enjoy their favorite bag of chips or cookies will do but without the soda. Replacing it with healthy vegan snacks like a fruit smoothie of their choice plus a few carrot sticks with a tasty but low calorie dip could be a good option. Freshly made sandwiches with the whole nine yards of lettuce and tomatoes could be their best teachers when entering the world of veggies. Low fat dressings may be chosen instead of dollops of mayonnaise. For ideas about how to make these types of snacks, the best thing to do is get yourself a good vegan cookbook.
Through these little ways, we take gradual steps in teaching our children how to appreciate the healthier snack options. We may never know, but they might just love it in the long run without having to settle for a situation when push comes to shove.