Healthy Vegan Snack Ideas for Weight Loss
Falling off the wagon is easy when you’re hungry. That’s why snacking is actually encouraged for weight loss. However, snacking can hinder your progress if you aren’t eating the right things. When you’re on a plant-based diet, finding satisfying yet healthy snacks can be even harder. If you want to loss weight, here are the best Healthy Vegan Snack Ideas for Weight Loss.
Luckily, we’ve got some ideas to help you get your snack on while staying on track:
Chia Seed Pudding
I’m almost positive whoever said “big things come in small packages” was talking about chia seeds. As one of the most powerful superfoods, they pack a nutritious punch with very few calories. Chia seeds absorb liquid and expand during digestion which pushes all the old ick out from
your colon and intestines — making them the perfect, anytime weight-loss snack. To make your own chia seed pudding, let them sit overnight in your favorite plant-based milk. In the morning, sweeten it up by adding your favorite fruit, chocolate gems, or sweetener and you’ve got a delicious vegan snack that is both amazing for you and helps keep hunger at bay.
Sour Patch Grapes
Sour patch grapes are the perfect alternative for when you’ve got a hankering for candy but want something that won’t set back your progress. For a simple and yummy treat, sprinkle your favorite sweetener over a bowl of seedless grapes. Pop them in the freezer, wait about 30 minutes, and enjoy. If you like it extra sour, you can drizzle some lime juice over them for even more tang. Disclaimer: we are not liable for how extremely addictive these can be.
Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) are a great source of fiber and plant-based protein. They’re also loaded with nutrients like folate and iron. Air fried chickpeas deliver the same crunchy satisfaction that your favorite potato chips do — but they’re actually good for you. Start by draining your chickpeas, spritz them with some oil, and sprinkle them with your favorite spices. You can use chili-lime seasoning for a savory option or a mix of sweetener and cinnamon for a sweet, crunchy treat. Pop them in the air fryer till they start to firm up and get a little darker, tossing them halfway. No air fryer? 45-minutes in the oven will work just the same.
No matter what your weight loss journey looks like, there is one rule most diets seem to have in common: cutting back on alcohol is essential. According to nutrition experts, booze can actually slow down the fat-burning process — which isn’t necessarily ideal when you’re watching your figure. So if you’re craving your favorite fruity cocktail, opt for a healthy mocktail that’ll curb your craving and help tide you over till your next meal instead.
Most people tend to associate tofu with sit-down meals, but it makes a great vegan snack. Tofu is loaded with protein, essential amino acids, and packed with vitamins and nutrients — so why would we limit this awesome superfood to just sit-down meals? For a fun, plant-based take on the charcuterie board, serve some cubed, marinated, and roasted tofu with your favorite vegan cheese, and some hearty nuts. Graze away guilt-free.
These green soybeans are low in fat and rich in protein, healthy fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin K. They’re a great option for keeping you full longer, making them an ideal weight-loss snack (whether you’re vegan or not). Try seasoning them with some salt and pepper, liquid aminos, or your favorite low-cal hot sauce. Edamame can be dry roasted, air-fried, steamed, or thrown into a stir-fry. Honestly, these are so good, you will be satisfied just enjoying them as is.
Green Monster Protein Shake
If you think all green shakes are gross, we’re here to change your mind. This green protein shake is delicious, easy to make, and packed with nutrients. Not only is it good for you, but it will keep you full and give you a boost of energy. Just combine your milk of choice, banana, mango, kale, hemp hearts, maple syrup, and your favorite plant-based protein into your blender and mix.
Brown Rice Cakes
Rice cakes are awesome because they are extremely satiating. They help keep you full longer and are versatile enough to use in any flavor combination. If you want something sweet, grab a rice cake, smear on a little nut butter, layer on some banana slices, and finish it off with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. For a savory option, try hummus with slices of cucumbers and capers and a pinch of salt and pepper. Shelf-stable, crunchy, and adaptable — rice cakes are the perfect on-the-go healthy vegan snack.
Homemade Fruit Juice
Fruit juices are great for detoxing and loading up on nutrients that rev up your metabolism. Unfortunately, store-bought juices tend to contain GMOs, refined sugars, pesticides, synthetic ingredients, and other additives that are not only conducive to weight loss but can actually be harmful to your health in general. That’s why we think homemade juicing is the way to go. By making your juice at home, you know that you’re using quality ingredients that are both beneficial to your weight loss journey and good for your overall health.
Healthy snacking is an important part of your weight loss journey. These ideas will satisfy your cravings, whether you have a sweet tooth or something crunchy and salty is your jam. What are your favorite plant-based treats to keep hunger at bay?