Vegetarians are generally health conscious but there’s still one temptation that even vego’s can fall prey to – snacking. Lots of standard snack foods are vegetarian, but it doesn’t stop them from being loaded with sugar, salt or saturated fats. Especially for those who have recent adapted a vegetarian lifestyle, it can be easy to simply reach for a packet of crisps out of old habit. A better option doesn’t need to be difficult, and you can prepare and preserve snacks for later. These vegetarian snack ideas aren’t just good for animals and the earth, they’re also good for your body.
Kale Chips. When you crave that savoury crunch, why not replace oil-cooked potato chips with baked kale chips? They’re extremely easy to prepare – all you need to do is dry some fresh kale, lay it out on a baking tray, drizzle in oil and light salt and bake until crispy – usually around 10 minutes. Kale is a natural super food, so munching on these leafy crisps is actually doing yourself a huge favour. You can also pick them up in most health food supermarkets.
Homemade popcorn. Air-popped popcorn is a naturally low-fat snack that’s very filling and actually quite healthy – unfortunately it usually gets soaked in butter and salt. Instead, dust it in a spice such as paprika for a savoury treat, or else lightly roll it in honey heated on the stove – let it cool and you have a sticky sweet treat.
Hummus. Hummus is a delicious and customisable accompaniment to fresh crisp vegetables, and is easy to make at home. Add a quarter cup each of lemon juice and tahini to a cup of chick peas, along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and water. Blend in a food processor until smooth, adding salt, paprika, cumin and garlic to taste. You can also add other soft boiled vegetables such as kumara or pumpkin.
Roast Edamame. Another good alternative to chips, and can be made with frozen edamame which are available all year round. Thaw, spread on a baking sheet, drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle sea salt and black sesame seeds over top. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180 degrees C, and allow to cool. These are great to have on hand or bring to school or work to munch on.
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