Losing weight is hard. Eating yummy snacks while still losing weight? That can seem downright impossible.
Finding vegan alternatives that help you lose weight (and taste good) can be a frustrating endeavor (unless you’ve got a chef on hand). The reality is that eating food you don’t enjoy for the sake of losing weight will only lead you down the inevitable road of falling off the wagon. Luckily, there are satiable, vegan options that will keep you full, help you lose weight, and taste so good that you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything you love. All it takes is a little planning and creativity.
Lucky for you, we got all of that covered. Here are some vegan snack ideas to keep you full, satisfied, and on track:
Fruit and Nut Butter
Whether you like store-bought or prefer to make your own, nut butter is packed with nutrients like fiber and protein to keep you full and energized. The unsaturated fats in nut butter are healthy fats that help to stabilize your blood sugar and insulin. Just be sure to avoid those with added preservatives and sugars (aka unhealthy fats). Slice up your favorite fruit (we like granny smith apples) and dip away to your heart’s content. Not sweet enough for you? Crush up some chocolate peanuts and sprinkle on top for a sweet, protein-packed crunch.
Edamame and Your Go-To Seasoning
If you’ve never had edamame, consider this your sign. Edamame is the Japanese name for immature soybeans still in their pods. They’re mildly sweet and the perfect, poppable snack. Toss them in your favorite seasoning (cough, cough, Tajin) and enjoy them roasted, steamed, air-fried, or raw. The best part? They’re a superfood rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants. Not only do they taste amazing, but they’re good for you and help you feel full longer.
Fat-Burning Antioxidant Smoothie
Strapped for time? There’s nothing faster than tossing ingredients into your blender and whipping up a nutritious on-the-go snack. A delectable berry smoothie puts your metabolism into hyperdrive so you can burn more fat. It also packs a punch of fiber to help you flush out the ick and balances your blood sugar with healthy fats. Plus, it’s delicious!
Strawberries and Cream Protein Shake
If you’re looking for something a little more substantive than just a snack, a protein shake is a great option. They’re especially great when you need something quick to get out the door. The problem is a lot of people don’t know how to make them so that they actually taste good. This strawberries and cream protein shake is like a drinkable strawberry shortcake — hello, dessert in a glass! It’s a delicious treat that will hold you over till your next meal and aid you on your weight loss journey.
Vegan Charcuterie Board
The best thing about charcuterie boards is how versatile they are. Putting together a plant-based charcuterie board is almost as fun to make as it is to eat. Grab an aesthetically pleasing tray and sprinkle on some healthy favorites: seasoned tofu, vegan cheeses, nuts, berries, crackers, fruit puree for dipping, olives, and whatever else comes to mind. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative.
Losing weight on a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be limiting. Try thinking outside the box and you’ll find that there are more tasty plant-based treats that actually aid in weight loss than you thought. Think of the foods you love and explore how you can swap out ingredients to make them suit your needs. That way, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional who works with companies like Door Locks Direct. She often covers developments in HR, business, recruiting, real estate, law and finance, but also enjoys writing about travel, interiors and events.