Veganism and snacking are two dietary ideas that have become more popular over the last few years. Both look like they will continue to trend upwards.
The Vegan diet trend quadrupled in popularity in the 5 years between 2012 and 2017, according to Google search. It now gets almost 3 times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches. See: www.vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics
We are all tending to snack more and are looking for healthy ways to grab some extra calories and nutrients between meals.
Veganism is a diet concept that is growing in popularity year by year. The desire to protect the lives and interests of animals is one that appeals to people around the world in increasing numbers.
Veganism is also good for the planet and environment. We are being advised to eat diets containing more seeds and nuts by scientists to boost the health of the planet and our own health too.
If the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion. See: www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/201603-plant-based-diets
Nuts, chickpeas, and seeds are essential components of vegan diets.
There are many unusual, exotic and complicated snack ideas for vegan fans posted online. Examples include: Fruit and Nut Butter, Fruit Leather, Rice Cakes and Avocado, Popcorn With Nutritional Yeast and White Bean Dip and Homemade Pita Chips.
However if you are looking for simple and easy snacks then you cannot go wrong with tasty roasted chickpeas or a handful of healthy nutritious nuts like almonds or peanuts. Nuts have many health benefits. For example pistachios are superb at lowering blood pressure.
Nuts eaten as snacks have been shown not to cause weight gain, despite being rich in healthy fats.
Vegan diets make better use of scarce land
Diets which obtain most of their protein from meat, such as beef, require much more scarce land to produce. Legumes such as peanuts and chickpeas are much more land efficient enabling us to feed a still rapidly expanding world population cheaply and in a way that is good for the ecosystem.
To eat honey or not
Is it ok to eat honey as a vegan ? A very contentious and hotly debated issue.
Many vegans avoid eating honey because they say it is detrimental to the bees. Authorative vegan sites support this view. For example the the vegan society website argues against eating honey in this article: www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/honey-industry
However some would argue that setting up beehives to produce honey is beneficial for the overall population of bees. It increases the overall bee population if we consume more honey. See why vegans should eat honey lovelygreens.com/why-vegans-should-eat-honey
Other snacks for vegans
Seeds make a great nutritious healthy snack. Examples of tasty seeds include sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
If as a vegan you are happy eating honey, then you could try pasteli, a tasty food fit for the gods. If honey is an issue still then how about a handful of tasty sunflower seeds.