Vegetarians don’t usually have a tough time finding healthy snacks. Most vegetarians do need to make up for missing nutrients to prevent deficiency. That makes these snacks not only healthy, but important. Most vegetarians are lacking in Vitamins A, D, E, and K, B-12 and Calcium, so these snacks help make up for missing nutrients.
If you’re a vegetarian, keeping your kitchen stocked with healthy snack options will keep you from reaching for some not-so-healthy diet killers. These snacks are extremely easy to make.
1. Banana and peanut butter
Spread a little peanut butter on a banana for a quick, protein-rich snack that grabs you some iron and vitamin A.
2. Instant Oatmeal
One packet can be as low as 100 calories of filling fiber and protein, with tons of Vitamin A! If you choose the varieties that are made especially for women, you’ll get some Vitamin D in there too!
3. Green Veggies and Hummus
Most green veggies are rich in Vitamin K. Cut up some broccoli and green pepper to dip in store bought hummus for a quick snack. The hummus earns you a little calcium and iron in a low fat snack.
4. Fortified cereal
Most cereals are vegan and always vegetarian, and are frequently packed with vitamins and minerals. Choose a sweet variety for a crunchy snack and eat it with soy milk for a traditional breakfast option. An unsweetened high-fiber, whole grain cereal is great toasted in the oven and spiced with salt, pepper and garlic to replace chips and other junky foods.
Combine a few ingredients for a glass full of Vitamins and Calcium. Add 1 banana, 1/2 cup of diced mango for a blast of Vitamin A, 1/2 cup fortified orange juice (be sure your variety has calcium and Vitamin D!), and 1/4 cup of vanilla flavored soy milk to your blender. Add some ice and blend away for a filling and sweet treat! If you are not vegan, you can add a scoop of whey protein powder for some Vitamin B-12 as well!
6. Trail Mix
This huge batch of this trail mix will last, so portion it out for easy to-go snacks each day.
Combine 2 cups original All-Bran Cereal, 1/2 cup dry roasted almonds, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup diced or chopped, dried mango and 1/4 cup of vegan dark chocolate chips or carob chips for sweetness.
Move over greasy french fries and fatty chips–your fridge is about to be stocked with some delicious and healthy snacks to keep you fuller longer!