As a chef, my standards can be high. As any episode of a cooking show will teach you, the goal is to achieve balance:
Texture – Should include both crunchy and creamy
Taste – Should include both sweet and savory (aka salty)
Temperature – Ideally, you get a dish that marries something warm with something cold.
Even with these standards, though, you don’t need fancy food that requires a lot of time and fuss.
Just because you only have 5 minutes to eat, doesn’t mean you need to compromise flavor. These healthy vegan snacks will give you quick, easy options, whether you’re packing the school lunchbox or the gym workout bag.
Here are 5 Healthy Snack ideas that promise delicious, natural flavor in less than 5 minutes:
1. Vegan PBJ Oat Bites
The classic combination of peanut butter and jelly takes us all back to the memories of childhood. Yet dried currants and all-natural ingredients keep this recipe mature enough for discerning adults. Make a batch of these gluten-free vegan bites and keep extras in the freezer…you’ll be ready for healthy snacking any time. RECIPE VIDEO
2. Pita Toast with Moringa Tofu Hummus
We’re obsessed with this plant-based recipe and it’s great for a Memorial Day bbq! We’re a big fan and smear it on almost everything – bagels or pita bread. We scoop it with chips… It’s great on everything! RECIPE
3. Almond Butter and “Curr-ANTS on a Log” Celery Sticks
Cold celery, dried zante currants, room temperature almond butter for a new twist on a crunchy-creamy classic.
4. Avocado Banana Rye Toast
Warm toasted Rye Bread, Sliced avocado, cool slice (or mashed) banana). This is for those “foodies” out there! Rich, creamy avocado makes a healthy dairy-free substitute for butter or cream cheese.
5. Peanut Butter Apple English Muffins
Warm toasted Sprouted English Muffin, natural roasted peanut butter, cold sliced apple. In the summer, top with other fruit like sliced peaches and nectarines.
Bonus: Jicama Hummus Chips
Cold Jicama “chips”, Room temperature roasted red pepper hummus, sliced cucumber or red pepper garnish. This is delicious gluten-free option for healthy snacking. It’s fancy enough, though, to serve as a low-carb appetizer at your next party.