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6 easy vegan-friendly snacks you can have on the go…

Coming up with a variety of healthy snack ideas that fit a vegan diet can be challenging at times, but with veganism becoming increasingly more popular in the UK, it’s important for fitness professionals to support this lifestyle choice.

Now obviously there’s the go-to fruit/veg options, fruit and nut bars or just a handful of nuts… but vegan snacks don’t have to be boring. In fact, some of the below are my favourite go-to snacks on the go and they are super nutritious!

Raw pepper and hummus (my personal favourite)

Hummus is made from chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, oil and tahini, and is high in healthy fats, fibre, and vitamins B and C. Red peppers are the most nutritious of the pepper colour palette, containing high amounts of vitamin C, B6 and folate. They also help with healthy night vision, are packed with antioxidants and research has shown that red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate.

You can also pair hummus with other veggies such as carrots, cucumber and celery!

Guacamole and crackers

Guacamole is made from avocados, which are an excellent source of monosaturated fats, fibre and potassium – a triangle of magic promoting a healthy heart. Paired with whole-grain crackers, this makes for a satisfying snack on the go!

Roasted chickpeas

A vegan diet can sometimes mean that getting the recommended amount of protein in the diet can be tricky… however adding a cup of roasted chickpeas to your day can provide you with 14g of protein. Chickpeas also contain high amounts of folate, iron and magnesium.

Roasted chickpeas are a delicious addition to your day and you can make your own by adding canned chickpeas to olive oil and seasoning, spreading them on a baking tray (use grease proof paper to avoid sticking) and roasting them for 30-40 minutes on 230 degrees (or until crunchy).

Fruit and veg smoothies

Smoothies are a fab, easy snack on the go! Easily make your own smoothies with your favourite fruit and/or veggies mixed with plant-based milk or water. You can refrigerate left over smoothie for the next day!

Homemade tortilla chips and dip

Make your own tortilla chips by simply slicing a few tortillas (wholegrain are more nutritious), brush them with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes at 175°C. You can accompany these with whatever dip takes your fancy… salsa... guacamole… or even hummus!

Peanut butter and banana bites

I recently saw a colleague eating this hearty snack, and thought what a nutritious, cheap and easy snack to have on the go! Bananas are high in potassium and fibre, while peanut butter provides the body with healthy fats. Eating them together can keep you feeling full and satisfied… but be mindful as peanut butter can be quite calorific.

And there we have it. My six easy vegan-friendly snacks that you can have on the go! Enjoy