Who says healthy plant-based snacks have to taste bad? We crave those crunchy and salty delights because they make us feel good and obviously taste delicious. The problem is that processed snack foods contain high amounts of sodium, fat and sugar, which makes eating “just one” almost impossible. Luckily for you, there is a solution to this problem and it all starts with a simple plant-based diet. Time to invest in these five appetizing alternatives to your typical diet of unhealthy binge eating.
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Try These Delicious Plant-Based Alternatives To Snacking
1. Raw Vegetables
Eating raw vegetables is the healthiest way to satisfy that typical crunch craving you desire so much. There is barely any preparation required and it is as simple as laying out some cut up carrots and celery to nosh on. Raw veggies are also great at alkalizing the body and providing the daily nutrients you need. If you really want that cracker feel, all you have to do is cut your veggies into circles and throw a nice spread on top. You can never go wrong with a classic Vegan Spinach Dip.
2. Kale Chips
There is a reason kale seems to be the new rage these days—it has endless health benefits and kale chips seem to provide all that nutrition while maintaining that crunchy snack feel. There are a variety of kale chips available in stores, but making them at home is probably your best option. Just take some olive oil and drizzle it on top, and bake the greens in the oven until you have crispy, healthy alternatives to chips. It’s that simple!
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3. Baked Vegetables
So you’re not feeling raw veggies? No problem! Baking them only requires one step more and it will leave you just as satisfied. You can make baked vegetables in a dehydrator, but if you want to keep it simple, just use your oven. Try the popular Zucchini Chips are also a healthy alternative to chips.
4. Dehydrated Crackers
Still trying to eat raw and don’t think crackers fit the bill, well think again! Just take the right ingredients and low temperatures and you’ve got the perfect raw cracker for any snacking occasion. The best way to get that extra fiber in your cracker is to add some flax seeds. Top it with some Raw Sprouted Hummus and you are good to go.
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5. Dried Fruit
Have you ever tried banana chips? If you haven’t go out and get them immediately. They have that perfect crunch and none of the unhealthy side effects of a normal chip. Throw in some dried berries, pineapple, or any fruit you enjoy and you’ll have the tastiest dried fruit salad around. Not to mention that adding raw almonds or cashews will give you a delicious trail mix for any hike or just a night in watching tv with friends.
Now that you’ve got the options, time to go out and start munching on some new plant-based snacks!