There are approximately 79 million vegans in the world and approximately 9.7 million people who follow a vegetarian or plant-based diet in the United States. And these people are looking for healthy vegan snacks.
A new study titled Power of Meat Report showed that self-identified meat eaters increased from 85% to 71% in 2020. There has been a surge of new vegan food products to meet demand. Adopting a vegan lifestyle has never been easier.
Even if you consume animal products, you can slowly but gradually reduce your intake. Check out these vegan snacks the next time you go to the grocery store.
The best healthy, store-bought vegan snacks to fight all your cravings
1. Barnana Original Organic Banana Bites
Barnana snacks are made from recycled bananas (that is, bananas that aren’t perfect enough to get to the grocery store) to reduce food waste. The brand turns perfectly imperfect bananas into chewy organic snacks. It’s like banana bread on the go, but healthy. The only ingredient is banana; no more no less.
[From $29.99, 6-pack; barnana.com]
2. Bare Snacks Fuji Chips and Red Apples
Bare turns fresh produce into crispy chips by cooking them, without ever frying them. Fuji & Reds Apple Crisps contain no added sugar or preservatives, are a good source of fiber, are fat and gluten free, vegan and Project Verified Non-GMO.
[$25.74, 6 bags; amazon.com]
3. Biena Chickpea Snacks Sea Salt
Chickpeas are packed with protein and plant fiber. Biena roasts them until they are perfectly crisp, then sprinkled with sea salt. There is nothing artificial; just simple, whole ingredients in this gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free and dairy-free snack.
[$17.96, 4-pack; bienasnacks.com]
4. Frooze Balls jelly and peanut butter
Frooze Balls is dedicated to plant-based snacks that are good for you and the planet. Her PB&J Energy Balls pack a nostalgic flavor in every coconut-coated bite to keep your taste buds happy anytime, anywhere.
[$19.99, 8-pack; froozeballs.com]
5. Navitas Power Snacks Cocoa Goji
These vegan snacks from Navitas are made with dates, seeds and superfoods for a filling bite. The cocoa and goji flavor provide important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boot.
6. Only Fruit Mango Jerky
Think of Solely Fruit Jerky as vegan, healthier fruit rolls. The fruit slices are made from whole organic fruit, no added sugar, no preservatives or concentrates. They are also non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, vegan and kosher products.
[$17.99, 12-pack; solely.com]
7. Sabra Hummus Classic Hummus and Guacamole
Sabra products are deliciously simple. His Hummus is made with chickpeas, garlic and tahini, while its guacamole is just as simple: hash avocados, cilantro, lime, herbs and spices. Both dips are vegan, non-GMO and kosher; to enjoy with crisps or vegetable sticks.
[Price varies online and in-store]
8. Once Again’s Organic Smooth Peanut Butter
Made with a simple ingredient (just dry roasted peanuts), this peanut butter proves America’s favorite spread doesn’t need excess sugar or devious additives to be delicious. Unsweetened, salt-free and preservative-free, it contains 8g of plant-based protein per serving and is also certified organic, non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan, kosher and part of the brand’s Honest in Trade program. .
9. Quorn Vegan Buffalo Dippers
The Quorn Vegan Meatless Buffalo Dippers come in a light and crispy oatmeal, flaxseed and quinoa coating. The nugget itself is made up of mycoproteins, a type of naturally occurring fungus that is high in fiber and low in saturated fat. Vegan, GMO-free and soy-free, these dips are a deeply satisfying alternative to chicken.
[Price varies online and in-store; quorn.us]
10. Santitas Tortilla Chips
Much like the tortilla chips at your favorite Mexican restaurant, Santitas start with high-quality stone-ground corn. Accompany it with your favorite salsa or guacamole.
[Price varies online and in-store; fritolay.com]
11. Dates pitted in the sun
Sunsweet dates provide 3g of fiber per 120-calorie serving. They taste great on their own, but can also increase the sweetness of smoothies, oatmeal, and baked goods, serving as a sugar substitute due to their natural sugar content and sticky texture.
[$3.59, 8-oz pouch; sunsweet.com]
12. Grillo’s Dill Pickle Spears
Garlic, vinegar, dill, salt and grape leaves add flavor to this 5 calorie snack. It contains no artificial preservatives, is gluten-free, fat-free, certified kosher and vegan. Eating your veg has never tasted so good.
[Price varies online and in-store; grillospickles.com]
13. Puffed Hippeas with Vegan White Cheddar
The chickpeas are cooked in a light, crisp whiff (like a whiff of healthy Cheeto) in this awesome snack. While the flavor of white cheddar is unmistakably cheesy, it’s totally vegan and contains 4g of protein and 3g of fiber per bag.
[$39.99, 12-pack; hippeas.com]
14. Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt
Edamame is already a delicious, high protein vegan snack, but Seapoint increases the setting by dry roasting and portioning in convenient single use pouches. Each serving contains 20g of vegetable protein. And with just two ingredients, soy and sea salt, you can feel good about eating.
[$22.80, 12-pack; amazon.com]
Pistachios are the nut of choice for vegans. They are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, protein, and fiber, all of which support overall health and well-being. They are also a complete source of plant protein, providing all nine essential amino acids needed for muscle building and body protein. Opt for roasted / salted or lightly salted peels.
[Price varies online and in-store; getcrackin.com]
16. Limited edition “Double Dark Mint” vegan chocolate bar
Gigantic is a new type of “healthy” chocolate bar, made with Fairtrade dark chocolate, coconut milk, vegetable caramel and real sugar (7 g). Best of all, these contain 69% less sugar than traditional candy bars. You will never look back.
17. Plant Based Protein Bars Cow Free Peanut Butter Cup
No Cow proves that plant-based, low-sugar protein bars don’t necessarily taste like cardboard. Try the cup of peanut butter; the chocolate coated bar is dairy free, low in sugar, and offers 20g of vegetable protein (peas and rice) – the perfect fuel to get you through the day.
[$29.99, 12-pack; nocow.com]
18. AYO organic yogurt with almond milk
Each 5.3 ounce cup of AYO Almondmilk yogurt is made from 20 certified organic almonds. The yogurt alternative is still rich and creamy despite the fact that it does not contain dairy products, and contains only 9g of added sugar, which is less than most varieties of yogurt, plus 4g of protein and live active cultures.
[Price varies online and in-store; ayoyogurt.com]
19. Daily Harvest Bites Raspberry + Fig
Daily Harvest Bites make the perfect vegan snack or dessert. All are sweetened with fruits and vegetables and contain no added sugar. We like Raspberry + Fig; almond butter and grated coconut balance the tang of the berries. Let them thaw for a few minutes or eat them straight from the freezer.
[$7.99, 7 bites; daily-harvest.com]
20. Diamond Nuts
A 1 ounce serving of nuts provides 4g of plant protein and 2g of fiber, while being the only nut with an excellent source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA (2.5g / oz).
[$6.29, 16-oz bag; diamondnuts.com]
21. The Good Grocer Luxury Vegan Snacks Treatment Package
Can’t decide on a vegan snack? The Good Grocer offers vegan snack wrappers with an assortment of individually wrapped takeout snacks, both sweet and savory. Treat yourself, stock your pantry, or give your favorite vegan friend a gift!
[$64.95, 30-pack; thegoodgrocersnacks.com]
Jordan Mazur, MS, RD is the director of nutrition for the San Francisco 49ers.
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