The Kind Diet is vegan practice that is more of a lifestyle change than a diet, though most people find that they loose weight while on it because the foods are so healthy. The purpose of the diet is to consume foods that are kind to your body and kind to the earth–they are sustainable, earth friendly foods that do the most minimal damage. The best part is that you are not encouraged to count carbs, calories, or fat, but you still get the benefits of all the weight loss. Here are a few great snacks you can have on the plan.
1. Soy Fruit Smoothie
This quick snack can be whipped up in your blender in no time. Put one banana, a handful of berries, the juice of one orange, and 1/2 cup of soy milk in the blender. Add a scoop of pea or rice protein powder for added protein that will help build muscles and provide the protein that many vegetarians lack. Pour in a cup of ice cubes and blend until smooth.
2. Avocado Salad
Make all of the elements ahead, and this snack will last a few days. Throw in the avocado when you are ready to eat so it is fresh tasting and doesn’t get brown. Seed two tomatoes and chop into a fine dice. Add 1.2 of a small red onion, finely chopped, the kernels from an ear of roasted corn, and about 1/4 teaspoon salt. Juice 1/2 a lime and coarsly chop 2 avocados to add to the mixture — or add 1/2 an avocado per serving, each time you eat the leftovers. Spoon the mixture on a few endive leaves for a tasty snack.
Combine two chopped tomatoes, one pressed clove of garlic, six shredded leaves of basil and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Add a little salt to taste, then put a small scoop of the mixture on pieces of homemade bread or sliced cucumber, cut on an angle for crunch and freshness. Top each piece with a few pine nuts for some omega-6 fatty acids!
4. Stuffed Shells
The protein in the tofu will keep you satisfied. Just mix tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic or garlic powder, basil, a little salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice in the food processor and fill the boiled shells. Bake in the oven topped with your favorite marinara sauce and keep in the fridge or freezer for a satisfying snack.
5. Spicy Black Bean Salad
Boil a pound of black beans in water with one chopped onion and a bay leaf. You’ll save or freeze most of the beans for later. Remove one cup of the beans and rinse. Mix with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa or wild rice, one tomato, chopped, three tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, a little cilantro and salt. Keep it in your fridge and serve as a side, your main dish, over lettuce — you name it! It’s especially tasty when served up with some broiled corn tortillas!