No matter the age, getting creative with snacks can be quite the task. Even with the use of Pinterest and other handy apps, you're often left to use what's in the fridge to make a yummy snack that even the children enjoy. Considering this somewhat hassle, when the child is vegan most people believe it limits their food choice; however, it often allows the parent and/or caretaker to be a bit more creative and adventurous.
For your convenience, we have collected ten simple vegan snacks that even the kids will like. More often than not, these ingredients will likely be hidden away in your kitchen, too! No need to rush out to prepare a fancy, instagramable meal or rip a bag of packaged food today, friends! Here are some fresh and simple recipes that everyone will enjoy.
10 HUMMUS ON TOAST
Combining the use of grains with a go-to protein staple for most plant-based individuals, hummus is usually consumed with veggies or crackers. Though toast is also a great snack to pop in when you need a quick filler, combining the two staples is a unique and delicious way to spice up your old-fashioned toast regime.
Try topping with sesame, sea salt, hemp or flax on top. It's a great base to get creative with. But, if you prefer to keep it simple and plain, just humus on top will do. And, everyone will likely eat it to its crust!
9 AVOCADO ON CRACKERS
There's something so simple yet so delicious about salt and avocado. Mix that with a crispy crunch of your favourite cracker and you have yourself a great snack! Honestly, all you need are these two ingredients to offer the kids. They'll enjoy the dipping process along with the combination of consistency. Avocados provide a great,, healthy fat to fill their bellies and you are rest assured they've gotten good amount of nutrition as their meal between meals. Win-win!
8 CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND GRANOLA
Now, if you're vegan or plant-based, or just like to live dairy-free on occasion, most chocolate is made without milk if it's 72% or higher. When you mix dark chocolate with your favourite granola, it will taste like you're cheating on your healthy, diet ways; however, there are a lot of benefits to this mixture.
Keep in mind that there are small amounts of caffeine in chocolate; especially dark chocolate. So, you may want to limit little ones if they're snacking on this delicious treat.
7 APPLES AND NUT BUTTER
This may be a classic that has been forgotten. So, dust off that butter knife and get slathering! Any type of nut butter will do, really. Whether that is peanut, almond, soy or cashew, the healthy fats from the nut butter combined with a sweet and sour crunch is divine. Apples and nut butter may be an every-day occurrence, that children of any age will surely enjoy. It's also a great base to spice up. Add nuts on top, granola or dried fruit for some extra zing.
6 NUT BUTTER AND BANANA ON A WRAP
Speaking of nut butter, it's essentially great on everything and anything! This is a go-to protein option for most people who are plant-based eaters. It fills our bellies while satisfying our sweet tooth.
A delicious option is any sandwich wrap accompanied with nut butter and banana. The combination is so delicious and easy. This may be listed as a healthy snack; though it's great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, too. Heck, it's a great mid-night treat for the adults, too! We promise you this easy snack will be a hit in the household, for everyone at every age.
5 CELERY, VEGAN CREAM CHEESE AND RAISONS
A classic twist on the ants on a log snack, when you find the right vegan cream cheese, you often stock up. It's a great treat to have in the fridge and often enough, we forget that it's sitting in the fridge for our frequent toast cravings. Bust out that "cream cheese" and add it to your favourite, no-calorie, crunchy veg that you love so much. Sprinkle of some sweet, dried grapes and call it a day! Here's to bringing back a classic and turning it into something everyone can enjoy, once again. It's so easy to prepare, even the children will want to help line those little "ants" up before they're gone for good.
4 COCONUT KEFIR SMOOTHIE
Coconut Kefir is an incredible substitute to good ol' yogurt. Yogurt is high in enzymes and probiotic, just as Coconut Kefir is. Often found in your health food store or organic section of most grocery stores, coconut kefir comes in many flavours. It is even incredibly simple to make. Check out this recipe by Cultures for Health if you're feeling adventurous! But, whether it's home made or store bought, mixing it with your favourite frozen fruit is such a simple snack for your kids to enjoy. You'll be sneaking in some healthy goodness, too. So, it's a total win on the parent's part.
3 JAM ON RICE CRACKER
This snack can be considered a treat considering its high sugar contact, though it is absolutely delicious. If the kids are eating a well-balanced diet, then it's absolutely ok to eat "un-healthy" things once in a while; especially if they're made from home.
So, bust out that classic rice cracker and slather on some delicious fruit jam. You could even add some nut butter for some additional protein and sweetness. The options are endless; but, if you just want a quick and delicious snack you know that everyone will eat for sure, this is a great option. You'll likely already have these two ingredients in the cabinet, too.
2 KALE CHIPS
Kale chips are so incredibly easy snack to make. Many of us forget how simple it truly is. Especially when we do a big green-haul, often we have some welting kale left over in the fridge to only be composted or thrown out. This is actually the most perfect time to bake kale chips.
Simply set the over to 450, rip the leaves and place them on a baking pan evenly. Spread over some Olive Oil, salt and pepper if you please. Cook until crispy, around 5-10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy! They will resemble real chips so well, you'll often want a whole new batch once this one is demolished.
1 HOMEMADE POPSICLES
Popsicles are often viewed as a treat to enjoy in the hot, summer's heat. Though this may be very true, a great little snack is a homemade popsicle no matter the weather. Whether it is simply frozen juice you have left in the basement fridge, or that smoothie you've made popped in popsicle trays, making a homemade popsicle is the easiest thing to do. What a great, simple snack to be enjoyed by all!