Snacks are one of life’s necessities. They can get you through a busy workday, help you survive long road trips, or tide you over until your next meal. Plus, what would watching movies be without having something to nosh on? These days, healthy vegan snacks are easier to come by, so even if you’re trying to eat better, you don’t have to cut out the munchies.
According to SFGate, snacking keeps your appetite in check between meal times and helps prevent overeating. It also helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. Plus, healthy snacks can help you meet your daily nutrient needs.
Of course, when you’re trying to eat healthily, remember to check the nutrition label and be mindful of added sugar and fat. Having healthier snacks, like fruit, vegetables, dairy-free yogurt, and minimally processed crunchy snacks can also help curb cravings for less healthy snacks.
The Best Healthy Vegan Snacks to Help You Survive the Day
Here are eight vegan, Canadian snack brands to try if you’re looking to eat healthier.
Yoso makes dairy-free yogurt from soy, coconut, and a blend of almonds and cashews. The family-owned business was founded by brothers Erik and Francis Lo, whose father and grandfather also both worked in the dairy-free food industry. Yoso’s soy-based yogurts are made from locally grown soybeans that are fermented and cultured like traditional yogurt. All of the brand’s yogurts are a good source of calcium and contain prebiotic dietary fiber with non-dairy bacterial culture (Lactobacillus Acidophilus).
2. Three Farmers
Three Farmers makes healthy snacks using only crops grown in Canada. It supports the Farm to Fork movement, which connects consumers to all stages of farming, from growing to harvesting and processing. You can even enter the product code on the website to find out exactly who made the product. Products range from crunchy roasted chickpea snacks to crispy roasted lentils. Flavors include Wild Ranch, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Barbecue, Lightly Salted, and Dill Pickle.
3. GoGo Quinoa
Healthy snacking has finally been made easier with GoGo Quinoa’s new line of organic quinoa Puffs. GoGo is known for its delicious line of gluten-free pasta or healthy cookies (the team’s favourite flavor is the chocolate chip cookie!). Now, the brand is breaking into the world of savoury snacks in a big way.
Each serving of quinoa Puffs contains 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and is free from gluten, soy, eggs, dairy, pesticides, GMOs, and corn. The Puffs are proudly made in Canada at GoGo’s Montreal-based factory. Flavors include Sriracha, Vegan White Cheddar, and Pink Salt and Vinegar. The flavours are fun and delicious, all while feeling (and tasting!) like a treat. Since the launch last October, the Puffs have won two Quebec Food Transformation Council (CTAQ) awards: one for Most Innovative Product and the other for Best Snack of 2019! At $3.99 a bag, choosing the good for you, organic option no longer has to be expensive or tasteless. Try GoGo Quinoa’s new Puffs today and say yes to a whole new world of flavour.
Montreal-based company Prana made a name for itself with its nut and fruit mixes. Today, the sustainable snack brand also offers roasted nuts (such as tamari-roasted almonds and maple-roasted mixed nuts), organic dried fruit, and vegan Fair Trade dark chocolate bark. Chocolate flavors include Matcha Magic, Maca Powder, and No Mylk’n.
Founded in 2009, Canadian brand HerbaLand makes vegan gummies and gummy vitamins. The company’s mission is to help families make healthier choices without sacrificing flavor.
HerbaLand makes low-sugar, vegan gummies that are perfect for when you’re craving a healthier candy. The Good News Gummies are not only free from gelatin but also contain only 2 grams of sugar per 50-gram serving. It also boasts 13 grams of fiber per bag. The vegan gummies come in three flavors: Blueberry Burst, Peach Passion, and Rad Raspberry.
HerbaLand’s Vegan Protein Gummies are great for athletes and snackers alike. Each serving contains 27 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of sugar. With 10 grams of protein per bag, it’s a sweet way to add extra protein to your diet. There are four flavors to choose from: Wild Berry, Bananas, Papaya Paradise, and Kiwi and Friends. The Fantastic Fruit mix includes all of the flavors.
In addition to snacks, HerbaLand makes vegan electrolyte gummies for athletes, caffeine gummies for energy, multivitamins (including vitamins D3 and B12, calcium and D3, and omega-3), and collagen boosters. HerbaLand gummies are also free from major allergens, including gluten, nuts, and soy.
6. Nud Fud
Nud Fud makes paleo and raw vegan snacks. Its signature raw vegan crackers are made from a variety of ingredients, from organic flax and chia seeds to sun-dried tomatoes and sweet potato. Its banana crisps are made from organic bananas and are great for snacking or pairing with dairy-free yogurt, oatmeal, or nut butter. According to the brand, it strives to use ingredients that are kind to both people and the planet.
7. Patience Fruit & Co
Patience Fruit & Co makes healthy snacks using Quebec-grown berries, raised slowly with the utmost care. Snacks include fruit and nut mixes, Cococrunch Bites—dark chocolate clusters with crispy cranberry flakes—and its classic lines of dried cranberries and blueberries. The family-owned brand believes that it’s better to do things right, not fast, and asks no more than what nature can give naturally. It also constantly works to reduce its ecological footprint, such as flooding its cranberry bogs using collected rainwater or contributing to the expansion of the organic movement.
8. Basic Roots
Basic Roots is a family-owned Canadian brand that was born out of the craving for dairy-free cultured cheese made using whole, plant-based ingredients including cashews. The Zesty Nacho flavor is perfect for nachos and soft pretzels, while Herbs de Provence, Dill, and Jalapeño Cream Cheeze are great with crackers.
9. Healthy Crunch
Artisanal snack brand Healthy Crunch specializes in vegan trail mixes and coconut chips. Products are handmade in Canada using local ingredients and never any animal products. Snacks are also free from peanuts, soy, corn, and gluten. The brand makes 14 flavors of coconut chips (the world’s biggest, according to the brand), seven trail mix flavors, and kale chips.
This is a sponsored post.