Raw Coconut Butter — This is made from blended coconut meat, and provides us with a delicious way to get plenty of coconut fat without missing out on our favorite coconut flavors. Make sure the coconut butter you find has no added sugar — and, most importantly, don’t overdo it. Coconut butter is packed with calories, which can slow your weight loss.
Snack foods can be one of the trickiest things for new vegans to figure out but with a little creativity there are plenty of yummy and healthy foods to keep your energy levels humming until your next meal. Try these quick and easy vegan snack ideas to help keep hunger at bay, enjoy some delicious food and get in plenty of nutrition. This list includes quick snack ideas, easy vegan recipes and the best healthy packaged snacks.
Did I have you at cheesecake? Made with frozen berries and cottage cheese (which IS indeed keto-friendly), you get the cheesecake taste in a glass with this clever recipe from Lindsay Cotter, the woman behind the gluten-free-dedicated blog Cotter Crunch. You can also cut way back on the sugar by using Stevia or xylitol syrup as a sweetener. Simply add berries, almonds, coconut milk, cashew cream or cottage cheese (for the cheesecake part), and a dash of cinnamon to a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into cups and enjoy!
Keto Smoothies and Shakes — Some of our favorite keto smoothies are the Peanut Butter Caramel Milkshake, Blueberry Banana Bread Smoothie, McKeto Strawberry Milkshake, Cucumber Spinach Smoothie, Blackberry Chocolate Shake, and Keto Tropical Smoothie. Feel free to add your favorite low-carb protein powder to your shake or smoothie to help you meet your protein needs and build muscle.
Quick breads and yeast breads both are fair game when it comes to snacking; a warm, fresh loaf of bread sitting on the counter doesn't need an accompaniment–it's good on its own! But, of course, if you want to serve your bread with something special, serve it with a homemade spread like this Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut "Nutella" Spread that the kids will go wild for.
Split this breakfast recipe in half to make a healthy snack with 200 calories, 11 grams protein, and 3.5 grams fiber. Not only will it help prep your body for fat burn, but it may also boost your energy levels (so you're more likely to get to the gym, perhaps?): Walnuts are rich in serotonin, a hormone that produces feel-good chemicals in the brain.
Veggies and Dip – Veggies and dip is a quick snack that you can take on the go. We love cucumbers, green or red peppers, and broccoli dipped in ranch dressing. Be sure to avoid “low-fat” dressings, as they usually have more carbohydrates than full-fat dressing. Be sure to have a few small, travel-safe containers on hand so that you can bring dressing or dip on-the-go.
I’m not a vegan, so it wasn’t that aspect that drew me in–it was the fact that all of these are so low in sugar, and packed full of super healthy ingredients! It’s surprisingly hard to find snacks, treats, and energy bars in the store that don’t have upwards of 10 grams of sugar (in that case, you might as well just be eating a candy bar!). Since I’ve started looking at food labels more, and since my Grandpa’s diabetes has gotten harder for him to handle, I’ve been trying to be more careful about my sugar intake. These recipes sound delicious and easy to make, and I won’t feel guilty about indulging in a little extra when I make them!
For a more substantial alternative to cookies, try these no-bake, oat-based bites, where almonds and almond butter pack in healthy fats to make them highly satisfying. Note that the dark chocolate drizzle on top adds a bit of time to the recipe, but as with most things chocolate, it’s totally worth it. Swap in maple syrup for the honey if you follow a strict vegan diet.
Feeling in the mood for cookies? While one standard Oreo or Chips Ahoy won't likely derail your diet, it's tough to stop at one. That's where a good substitute comes in. McLachlan recommends 2 graham cracker squares spread with light peanut butter. You'll get a mix of sweet and salty flavors, plus a protein and fat boost from the peanut butter, which will keep you full till your next meal.