Vegan Snacks

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In college, snacking is often essential between classes and during study sessions to keep your energy levels up. In order to avoid the “Freshman 15,” eating regular meals and keeping snacks readily available can help prevent binges on less healthy options. If hunger is kept at bay, students will be less likely to overeat late-night pizza or Insomnia cookies. Snacks are also a great opportunity to fit in extra nutrition throughout your day.

When planning for vegan snacks , there are endless options. Even for people who eat animal products, many popular snacks tend to be meat and dairy free, so  many of the ideas here are common snacks for vegans and meat-eaters alike. In college, it is important to have non-perishable and refrigerated snacks stored in your dorm room. With limited space, it can be difficult to have a variety of options, but with a multi-drawer storage container and a small refrigerator, you have a miniature pantry. Consider some of these ideas for grab-and-go snacks, and for those who have access to a kitchen or a blender, a couple recipes to make that can fuel your studies.

salsa11Convenient Grab-and-Go Snacks

  • Fruit (nature’s fast food!)
  • Peanut butter with carrots, apples or bananas
  • Hummus with pita bread or veggies
  • Whole-grain tortilla chips and salsa
  • Smoothies
  • Trail Mix (try almonds, walnuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and vegan dark chocolate chips)
  • Frozen grapes (Pop a plastic bag full of grapes in the freezer for a refreshing and sweet pick-me-up.)
  • Air-popped popcorn, without butter
  • Applesauce and cinnamon
  • Edamame
  • Rice cakes with peanut butter and jelly
  • Almond butter stuffed dates

yogo11PB&J Smoothie 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup 100% apple juice
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Adjust liquid as necessary for a thicker or thinner drink.

Cashew-Date Balls

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a food processor or high speed blender, blend the cashews until finely ground. Add dates and vanilla and process until a thick paste forms. Remove “dough” from blender and form into balls. If they are too sticky, stick the dough in the fridge for a short time. Optionally, roll the date balls in coconut or finely chopped nuts. Store in the refrigerator.

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