High Protein Vegan Snacks

High Protein Vegan Snacks

This is a list of super easy and healthy high-protein vegan snacks for plant-based people. Snacks in general are important (see below!), but snacks that contain protein are particularly mission-critical for vegans.

Building a Better Snack

Why Snacks Matter

We need healthy snacks for…

  • maintaining energy throughout your day
  • recovering more quickly after workouts
  • maintaining a normal, healthy metabolism
  • having an emergency back-up if your day gets hectic and you can’t sit down for a full meal!

Why Protein Matters in Plant-Based Snacks

It’s necessary that vegan snacks contain protein because it…

  • helps stabilize blood sugar throughout the day, which in turn helps you feel satisfied and more stable
  • helps vegans meet their daily total protein needs, which can be harder (but still totally possible) to meet if you are entirely plant-based
  • if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, physically active, or struggling with an illness, protein needs increase further!
Healthy plant-based protein snacks help maintain energy levels and metabolism
Healthy plant-based protein snacks help maintain energy levels and metabolism

Protein-Rich Vegan Snack “Recipes” & Ideas

  • Nuts/seeds + a fruit
    • Nut ideas: peanuts, cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, mixed nuts, etc.
    • Seed ideas: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (or pepitas),
    • Fruit ideas: grapes, cherries, pear, apple, banana, berries, orange, 2-3 clementines/mandarins, etc.
  • Whole-grain tortilla + almond butter + banana
  • Instant oatmeal + peanut butter powder (or normal peanut butter) + chia seeds + cinnamon
  • Store-bought bars: Luna + Kind (*check ingredients for potential dairy, but some flavors are dairy-free)
  • Homemade bars: 3 Ingredient PB / PB + Quinoa / many more recipes online!
  • Energy balls
  • Trail mix
  • Rice cakes + vegan pesto + hemp seeds
  • Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
  • Edamame + sesame seeds + soy sauce (can buy frozen and steam in microwave at home)
  • Cucumbers slices + hummus + olives
  • Soymilk-based yogurt + topping (high protein cereal like Kashi Go Lean, frozen cherries, dairy-free chocolate chips, etc.)
  • Lentil salad
  • Smoothie (just ensure there’s some protein in there – you can get this through nut butter, milk (soy/hemp/pea), plant-based yogurt, or vegan protein powder)
  • Almond butter dates
  • Hot chocolate or chocolate milk with plant-based milk (soy, pea, hemp)
  • A cup of quinoa porridge topped with sunflower seed butter and maple syrup
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