The food industry has seen a monumental rise in the past few years. The idea of “fast food” and “snacks for munching” has replaced the traditional meals and food dishes. These flavor-packed foods have attracted the attention of young ones and adults likewise.
However, over the years, as a result of awareness, people have chosen to shift to healthier and vegan alternatives for snacking. Luckily, food experts have come up with unique flavors and combinations that will serve your cravings through healthy ingredients. The best vegan snacks have managed to gain popularity amongst vegan and non-vegan consumers.
If you are looking to fill up your snack rack with delicious vegan munchies, then keep reading as we have the “ultimate vegan snack” list prepared for you, which will make every serious foodie fall in love.
This list includes options from Fair Trade Certified chocolate bars to Non-GMO flavorful and real ingredients. From serious foodies to professional dieticians, I have taken each of their recommendations into consideration and have made sure to present products that are clean, full of nutrients, and delicious enough to give you a food coma.
First on our list of vegan snack bars is the Larabar, though it’s not technically a bar. The company promotes this particular brand as a cashew cookie as well.
Regardless, it’s made out of whole foods and uses 2 core ingredients: cashews and dates. It’s not going to taste like a traditional cookie, but it is vegan friendly since it’s Gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free.
2. RAW REV
For those getting into their vegan diet and in need of a quick snack on the go, a simpler option is Raw Rev’s bars. These are more on the sugary side with flavors like birthday cake and double chocolate brownie batter.
However, they also have other unique flavors with their own benefits. For example, the peanut butter and sea salt bars have lots of protein in them.
The whole emphasis of these bars is to have good taste wrapped in a bar that’s still vegan friendly. I’d recommend these for those getting into a vegan diet as a middle ground since there are 2 grams of sugar in each bar, which is high for nutritional bars.
Straying a bit away from nutritional bars, you’ve got Wickedly’s peanut butter pretzels. This is an Amazon brand exclusive so you won’t find these in other stores. That said, these best vegan snacks have no sugar in them. Their main ingredients are wheat, peanut butter, and salt.
4. BARNEY Almond Butter
The food industry has changed a lot. For the longest time, companies pushed peanut butter and only that. But now that there has been more research and we’ve uncovered that some are allergic to peanuts, there are lots of alternatives. Almond butter is one of those alternatives.
Even if you don’t have a peanut allergy, almond butter is still incredible and healthy as well. Barney’s particular brand focuses on providing only the essential ingredients, avoiding the addition of sugar and salt to most other kinds of butter around.
5. LUNA BAR
Plant-based products have also grown in popularity with plant-based meat making a huge wave in recent years. Luna’s bars are along the same vein as they focus on making plant-based health snacks.
They offer between 8 and 9 grams of protein per bar and a host of flavors to pick from like lemon, sea salt caramel, and white chocolate macadamia, among others.
For those who are on the plant-based vegan snack train but want more protein, I’d turn to Nocow’s brand. With a single bar providing 21 grams of plant-based protein, you can easily reach your protein amount with no problem. If the amount of protein is concerning, rest easy because these bars are certified kosher, dairy-free, low on carbs and sugar, and Keto friendly as well.
7. PURE BARS
Another good contender for high protein is the Pure bars. These gluten-free bars boast 21 grams of protein per bar and come in a pack of 12. They also offer a wide range of flavors.
Regardless of the flavors though, you do have to be mindful of the sugar intake. Funny enough, the flavors that contain fruit have higher sugar count than the bars that are chocolate flavored. If you want the least amount of sugar, try the Lemon Cake with only 2 grams of sugar per bar.
8. KELLOG’S NUTRI GRAIN
These bars have been around for decades. You probably have had these growing up as well. Well, these bars are still around and they are still quite healthy. The fruit in the bars is pureed, and the bar itself it’s wrapped around provides 8 essential vitamins. It’s perfect for morning fuel.
9. KELLOG’S RICE KRISPIES
Another staple to kid’s lunch boxes is the Rice Krispies squares. Similar to the Nutri-grain bars, these are higher in sugar than others. However, these are still vegan friendly considering the few ingredients that are used to make these.
As an adult, these are still quite sweet and a good alternative for those who need a sugar fix and don’t want to feel guilty about it later.
10. GOLDFISH SNACKS
The classic fish that smiles back is another childhood familiar for those who had kids or grew up in the early 1990s. These of course don’t have any sugar, but they do contain salt. Though considering the size of each goldfish, it’s not something to be overly concerned about if you’re having them as a snack. The pack I suggest is the 30 pack which comes with a mixture of three flavors – including the classic cheddar flavor.
11. SNYDER PRETZEL STICKS
If you love goldfish but are looking for something with less gluten in it, one option is Snyder’s pretzel sticks. They don’t have any cheese flavored ones, but you can still get your salt needs while having something slightly healthier to munch on. Each bag contains 100 calories, so be mindful of how many bags you take.
12. QUEST COOKIES
Vegan cookies are hard to come by with many companies opting for bars. That said, Quest Cookies is one that makes cookies that you’ll be sure to fall in love with. What’s also surprising is that despite this being a cookie, there’s less than a gram of sugar per cookie and about 15 grams of protein!
13. LOTUS BISCOFF
Another one of the best vegan snacks you can look to is Lotus’s brand of biscuits. These are certified vegan and GMO-free. The flavor is different from other biscuits because it follows European cookie making. Regardless, these are light and easy to snack on for yourself or guests.
Normally, chips wouldn’t make it to these lists, but similar to plant-based products on the rise, chip companies have also put in the effort to provide other chip alternatives. They are no longer covered in an insane amount of salt and artificial flavoring.
While the chips will certainly have salt, Popchips and other healthy brands will be cutting back considerably on the amount of salt. In this case, these chips have 150 to 160 mg of salt which is about 7% of your daily intake of salt. Furthermore, they also have fewer calories than traditional chips.
15. HEALTH WARRIOR
Another good contender in our healthy vegan snacks is the Health Warrior brand of bars. The big thing you need to know about them is their prime ingredient is chia seeds. Despite their size, seeds are surprisingly filling and offer a wide variety of nutrients. The only thing you may need to be wary about is that each bar contains about 3 grams of sugar.
Aside from that, these can easily be considered as healthy granola bars considering they are plant-based, kosher, vegan-friendly, and verified non-GMO.
16. GOGO SQUEEZE
One other good snack is apple sauce. It may have been a while since you’ve had some, but it’s still quite tasty. But since then, a lot of companies have emerged to provide their own brand of applesauce. For this section, I want to focus on GoGo’s. They have a unique package (requiring you to squeeze the container to get to the apple sauce) but also ensure the apple sauce is 100% fruit-based.
Lollipops can be a dentist’s nightmare, but you won’t run into that situation with Yumearth’s brand. They provide lollipops that are organic. They avoid artificial flavors, dyes, and take pride in having no fructose syrup in them either. They offer a wide range of flavors as well and, above all, are free from the top 8 allergens you can find in most traditional healthy snacks.
18. HAPPY BABY
Despite the name, this is not baby food of any sort. That said, these are foods that even babies can enjoy if you’re the type of parent who gives sugar-free vegan snacks.
What’s nice about these particular products is these are packed with various superfoods, typically a combination of fruit and a vegetable. Despite the unusual combination, these are very healthy, considering the fruits and veggies being superfoods and quite tasty.
19. BELVITA BREAKFAST
Another option for breakfast biscuits is Belvita’s brand. These have no high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or sweeteners, making them ideal for vegans and also great in general for breakfast.
20. KASHI BARS
Have you been searching for the ideal healthy granola bar? Well, look no further than Kashi’s brand of granola bars.
Kashi offers a wide variety of flavors for you to munch on and are overall a feel-good snack. it offers 23 grams of whole grain, 4.5 total fat, and 3 grams of fiber per 40-gram serving. Furthermore, these are quite filling since they also throw chia seeds into the mix.
21. CLIF ENERGY BARS
The final item on our best vegan snacks list is the Clif energy bar. This brand is everywhere in stores with the iconic man climbing up the side of the cliff. Clif is designed to give you a lot of protein and fuel.
The brand offers a wide variety of flavors and each bar provides roughly 9 grams of protein. The only thing is, convenience does have a price and the only serious drawback from these bars is the 21 grams of sugar in each bar. Consider these as a treat at the end of the month if you really need sugar.
As you can see, there are loads of options for vegan snacks to try out. From familiar brands to other brands you haven’t heard of, each company offers quality bars or other vegan snacks for you to consider.
The only thing to be mindful is to not indulge in these too much as some of them have decent sugar and salt amounts but can get out of hand if you munch on too many.
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At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.
Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.
One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.
When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.
So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.
Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day
This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.
Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.
When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.
Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity
One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.
Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.
An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.
When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.
Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day
Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.
We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.
By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.
Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment
While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.
I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.
You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.
Con #1: We Move a Lot Less
When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.
Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.
Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.
Con #2: Less Human Interaction
One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.
Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.
Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.
This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.
While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.
Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment
Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.
This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.
For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.
Con #4: Unique Distractions
Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.
For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.
To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.
Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.
We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.