Toasted bread is a blank canvas for creativity. At dinner, you can stretch the bounds of typical “breakfast” toasts, too. Smoked salmon is a rich and luscious fish, and a little goes a long way: a pound will easily feed a family of four. Creamy yogurt, tangy capers, and crisp red onions balance the fattiness of the fish, but you can let people pick and choose the toppings they want with their smoked salmon toast. No one would say no to a bit of smashed avocado on this easy breakfast for dinner dish.
Packed with fiber, water, and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables are great choices for diet-friendly snacking. But the standard banana or carrots and ranch dip can get old quick. Instead, try a sliced apple with a lowfat cheese wedge, like Laughing Cow Light. "Having a little extra fat is good in a snack because it sustains you longer," says McLachlan.
If you need your snack to have real staying power, go for a combo of good protein and a little bit of fat. A homemade egg salad is a great choice. Chop up one whole egg and one egg white, then mix with a tablespoon of reduced-fat mayonnaise. The high-quality protein in the eggs will fuel your body for hours, while the fat helps slow digestion, so you'll feel full and energized longer.
Eating plant-based can get expensive sometimes, especially since there are so many vegan convenience foods on the market that are delicious but often pricier than their non-vegan counterparts. If you don’t have the budget to afford all organic produce or pricey raw vegan snacks at the grocery store, you can still eat cruelty-free—just check out 10 Healthy Vegan Snacks That Cost Less Than $5 to Make!
“Crackers do not stave off hunger well,” Culbertson says. Low in fiber and high in sodium, this snack does not provide the energy boost most people are looking for during the afternoon, and you’re not likely to feel satisfied. (However, some crackers are high in fiber and low in sodium; and topping them with low-fat cheese takes them from a bad snack to a healthy one.) And if they’re not single-serving packages, Culbertson says, it's easy to eat too many.
For your convenience, we've compiled a list of premade snacks and recipes below that do not include any animal products, whether it be cheese or honey. We do, however, have some “cheesy” snacks on the list including vegan “cheese” kale chips and vegan “cheese” dill chips. Both of these vegan snacks use nutritional yeast to recreate that uniquely “cheesy” flavor.
If you DIY your breakfast bars or energy bites, you can make sure you’re getting ingredients you know and like. You can also customize the recipe to fit your tastes. These make-ahead energy bars are filled with nuts and seeds, which provide fiber and lasting protein. They also have several types of berries, great sources of vitamin C and other antioxidants. When you make these, go ahead and split them into individual portion sizes so it’s easier to grab and go.
For a savory snack under 60 calories, spread 1 tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese onto a slice of smoked salmon (lox) and roll it up. This salmon pinwheel is high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, though the salt used to cure the salmon boosts the sodium content. Use a little less cream cheese and you can have two pinwheels for under 100 calories.