Vegan? Vegetarian? Feast your eyes on these snack ideas…
These days, it seems like more and more people are choosing to go veggie or vegan. Whether it’s just for January, meat-free Mondays or going the whole hog (or whatever the meat-free version of that saying might be) there’s been an undeniable upswing. According to a 2018 survey, the number of UK vegans over the age of 15 has skyrocketed from just 540,000 in 2016 to a staggering 3.5 million in the space of two years. If you count yourself amongst that number, whether permanently or not, you’ll probably have discovered just how hard it can be to find appetising food that suits your diet and actually tastes good too. That’s why we took the liberty of throwing together a little list with some ideas for all you beginner vegetarians and vegans out there (we’re sure the seasoned pros will have their favourites by now!).
OK so full disclosure, we’re a bit biased with this first suggestion. But! If you’re looking for something that’s not only veggie and vegan friendly and low in calories (at as little as 86 per bag) then look no further. We like to say we ‘make the whole veg sing’, and by that we mean we use every bit of the potatos, peas and carrots that go into making all four flavours of our delicious crunchy snacks. Not to mention the fact that they’re a source of fibre, low in saturated fat and taste pretty damn good too! As far as we’re concerned, the more veg that’s in our lives, the better.
Apple and peanut butter
Slicing up a nice fresh apple and dipping said slices in a healthy portion of peanut butter? Delicious. It might sound a bit weird if you haven’t tried it before but this mix of sweet and (sort of) savoury goes really well together. Peanut butter packs a good dose of protein and slow release energy meaning you’re geared up for whatever your busy schedule might have in store for you. Bonus fact: apples contain around 4g of fibre on average (as well as other nutrients) that’ll go some way to helping keep your digestive system happy.
Fruit and nuts
Dried fruit and nuts are great for a delicious and nutritious snack. The thing we love about them is the fact that you can really easily make your own mix. Raisins, cranberries, almonds, cashews… just pick your favourites and shake it up. If you’re not so much into the fruit part you can always spice up your nut of choice by adding a bit of extra flavour (hot sauce, salt and pepper, paprika or turmeric for example). If you’re feeling especially fancy why not heat up a frying pan and lightly toast those nuts to add a bit of crunchiness?
It’s the dip that goes with just about anything; carrot sticks, celery stalks, pita bread… our ‘Whole Lot of Smokey BBQ’ pair up well with it too!