The Most Popular Healthy Vegan Snacks to Try in 2021
There’s a noxious myth that eating healthy – and particularly eating vegan – has to mean trading in interesting flavors and textures for bland alternatives. That’s simply not the case. Vegan food – and vegan snacks – cover a wide variety of different taste profiles, and those options are becoming more and more creative as chefs really have the opportunity to spread their wings. But there are some old favorites that you might not have considered as well. Here are the healthy vegan snacks you need to be paying attention to in 2021.
The fanatic popularity of hummus alone is a testament to the delicious potential of chickpeas, but that’s just scratching the surface of how you can fit chickpeas into your diet. Chickpeas are a common source for snack puffs, pasta, and tortilla chip alternatives. But you don’t need to invest in a store-bought brand to integrate chickpeas into your snack cabinet. A simple can of chickpeas can be transformed in countless ways by coating it in oil and spices and then tossing it in the oven or the air fryer. The results are a crispy snack that’s still healthy.
The very word “popcorn” can elicit a Pavlovian memory of hot butter, oil, and salt in a whole lot of people, but popcorn is a far more versatile snack source than is currently thought by many, and its simplicity makes it one of the perfect choices for a vegan snack. It’s far from new, but snack brands continue to find interesting ways to make popcorn feel fresh. There are plenty of popular brands vying for market share, and they offer healthy flavors as varied as jerk seasoning, caramel corn, and salt and vinegar. But if you’re working on a tighter budget, all you really need is a bag of popcorn kernels and a few spices.
Fruit is often presented as nature’s snacks, and that’s pretty accurate. There are a whole plethora of different options to choose from, and fruits can help you get the balance of vitamins and nutrients you need in your daily diet. Whether that means slicing up an apple and coating it in peanut butter or finding some freeze-dried fruit at your local grocery store, there’s no lack of natural fruit products – and you can definitely taste the difference between real fruit and the chemical flavorings used in so many other snack products.
Vegan Pork Rinds for You to Try
Chef Dave Anderson helped create a culinary revolution with the development of the Beyond Burger, but he’s delving even deeper into undermining sacred cows with the development of the Pig Out pork rinds. Despite tasting just like pork rinds, these baked and fully vegan snacks are significantly healthier.
They have a fraction of the saturated fat and salt that you’d find in traditional pork rinds and are actually more nutritionally balanced than many of the healthy snacks you’ll find in your grocery store aisle. Available in a variety of both sizes and flavors, Pig Out (and their companion snack Take Out) are going to be making a lot of waves in natural snack circles in 2021 and beyond.
There are a lot of healthy vegan snacks on the market, but there are also a lot of options that you’re just fine missing. Like with anything, experimentation is what keeps the market alive – but a lot of experimentation leads simply to dead ends. We recommend that you expand your palate, look for products that work for you, and let them be a jumping-off point for a healthier and more well-rounded diet.