Top 10 Meat-Free Munchies
Vegetarian diets are healthy and may help in disease prevention and treatment. If you or your family are herbivores, or thinking of making the switch, try these tasty treats that are packed full of protein and other nutrients your body needs.
Falafel is a delicious snack with a lot of texture. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this chickpea treat can be made from scratch or from a mix. You can't go wrong with any topping: salsa, guacamole, tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber sauce), or any other condiment you enjoy. Stuff it all in a pita wrap for an on-the-go sandwich.
Nuts for Dates
This might have a funny name, but it's a delicious combination. Dates are a sweet and chewy fruit; nuts bring a satisfying crunch. Dates are loaded with fiber and vitamin C, while nuts are packed full of antioxidants and vitamin E. Just stuff dates with a mixture of assorted nuts and you have mouth-popping morsels to keep you energized all day!
When it comes to tofu, the possibilities are endless. This protein-packed snack can be mashed, blended, whipped, ground, crumbled, simmered, steamed, baked, broiled, sautéed, barbequed, and deep-fried. Since tofu is bland by itself, add some zing to it by marinating it in your favorite sauces and seasonings.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables should be a no-brainer for everyone, especially vegetarians. It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers; and can lower blood pressure, along with other benefits. Choose organic produce to avoid those pesky pesticides that can be harmful to your health. Use our printable shopping list as an easy reminder when at the grocery store.
Orange Almond Granola
Follow this recipe and combine oats, dried fruit, and juice to make a delicious and healthy granola mix that even meat lovers will munch on. Shape into bars or bite-sized nuggets for a quick snack to go.
Don't let the adorable name get you -- these snacks are dangerously addictive! Your sweet tooth will thank you when you bite into one of these dairy-free and vegan-friendly ice cream sandwiches. These frozen desserts are made with soy protein and are low in fat. Go ahead and indulge!
Grilled Hummus Pitawiches
Hummus is a snack that will win anyone over, vegetarian or not. Try this scrumptious hummus sandwich with a twist by making it on pita with spinach, tomato, and any other veggie of your choice. Grill that sucker up and you've got yourself a grinder that is all yum.
Yogurt and Granola
Add a crunch to your boring yogurt by tossing in some homemade granola. The oats and grains in the granola are a good source of fiber to add to your daily dose of dairy. Squirt in a tad of honey for a sweet touch.
Smoothies and Juices
When you choose a smoothie, you are fulfilling a good part of the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Search our delicious smoothie recipes that will keep you energized all day. If you have a juicer, refuel by adding fresh vegetables to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay strong and healthy.
Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Add your favorite fruit to cottage cheese for a splash of color and a burst of flavor. This treat is full of texture and perfect for a quick and nutritious breakfast. It's a simple combination that is often overlooked.