One of the many reasons why people aren’t Vegan is due to the lack of convenience on this lifestyle. I agree that it’s tough to find healthy snacks in college or at your work place. The convenience stores nearby have shelves that are stacked with endless brands of junk food (potato chips, chocolates, sweets) that we have no other option but to choose from there when we are desperate for a snack. Also, looking at the refrigerators we have ice creams, sodas, and other sweet drinks, all of which aren’t ideal if you’re looking for something healthy. Snacks are really important because it keeps your metabolism going and it’s best to eat something after 4 hours of not eating (so that your metabolism doesn’t slow down) . In this lifestyle where theres no calorie restriction, we highly encourage intuitive eating, meaning you eat when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. However, let’s not get too over ourselves and still be mindful of eating foods that make your body feel its best. Here are my top 5 favourite snacks i love to carry on hand, they won’t go bad easily and a complete life-saver to me.
Dates are one of the sweetest fruits out there and they are super convenient. You could just pack it in a ziplock or a tiny snack box.
2. Granola/Spelt Flakes
Typically I’ll load my glass jar with granola and some fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries and kiwis. Not only does it look appetising, it will also get your friends/colleagues interested as to what is that colourful looking food jar you have on hand. If your company fridge has soy milk or any other non dairy milk, you could always pour some into your glass jar. I wouldn’t pack this on an everyday basis because of the fact that it’s still processed foods after all. Once a week is fine 🙂
Whether is it red or green grapes, I love them all. You could just pack grapes into a ziplock bag, and they are very light to carry too. If theres a supermarket near your office/school, you should totally make your way there and grab yourself a box of grapes. They are often inexpensive as well.
Prunes are super sweet (which I love), and they improve bowel movements. Usually, I’d buy organic ones (because they just taste better) . They are pretty similar to dates just that prunes are more sticky whereas dates has a more smooth texture with a tinge of caramel flavour when you bite into it. If you’re having bathroom issues, I highly recommend you eating some prunes too.
5. Dried fruits
There are many of them out there: mangoes/cranberries/blueberries/raisins/apricots, and they don’t go bad easily. However, I’d always take note of the preservatives. Most of them contain preservatives/stabilisers in order for them to have a longer shelf life. There are people who have sulphate sensitivity which could trigger allergic reactions even in small amounts. Hence, its best to always purchase organic ones, though slightly more expensive.
I wouldn’t recommend nuts because we have the tendency to keep eating it non-stop. Some nuts, if consumed in high amounts are highly inflammatory such as peanuts and cashews. Almonds are less inflammatory. However I still tend to limit my portion of nuts due to their high fat content. Yes some fat is good, but please refrain from hogging the whole bag of nuts and eating them all at one seating.