Explore the benefits of plant-based snacking
Snacking can be a great way to keep from getting too hungry between meals. If you sit down to a meal when you are starving rather than being only slightly hungry, you will typically end up eating more, and you’ll be more likely to choose options that are higher in sugar and fats since the body is looking for a quick burst of calories for energy.
So healthy snacking is a good idea, especially as it also helps you make sure your body is getting a steady stream of nutrients that are required throughout the day.
Not everyone needs to snack, but if you find yourself hungry between meals, it is a great idea to plan ahead so you can have snacks handy for when you need them. A good snack should sustain you, and to do so it should include a source of fibre and a source of protein.
If you are eating plant-based, the make-up of a healthy snack is no different.
Plant-based sources of fibre include fruits and vegetables as well as certain whole grain crackers and wraps.
Ideas for plant-based protein sources include nuts, seeds, nut butters, tempeh and some plant-based yogurt alternatives.
The key to healthy eating – plantbased or otherwise – is variety, snacks included. Be sure to mix up your fibre and protein sources as often as possible, not only to ensure adequate nutrients, but also to keep it interesting.
Looking for an easy to make, easy to grab, plant-based snack? Try the recipe below for vegan chocolate peanut butter balls.
It uses a vegan protein powder from PC’S plant-based product line to provide the protein boost. Do you have a nutrition health goal in mind? The Atlantic Superstore dietitian team can coach you to success! Set up a personalized appointment at bookadietitian.ca or email us for more information at dieti[email protected] Dietitian services are also available for schools, businesses and community groups.