While there are many pre-made vegan products on supermarket shelves, they may not necessarily be healthy. Making your own vegan snacks, meals and drinks is easy to do and affordable. These four tips will give you some ideas on making tasty and healthy snacks that fit into your dietary preferences.
Dried Fruits and Vegetables
Dried fruits and vegetables are healthy, easy to prepare and more affordable to make than to buy. Choose your favorite variety of apple. Core, peel and thinly slice. Arrange in a food dehydrator or bake in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until they reach the desired texture. You can sprinkle them with cinnamon. This also works for slices of kiwi, pineapple, bananas, sweet potatoes, beets, plantains, and leafy vegetables such as kale.
Many people who practice a vegan diet get enough protein, but most people think they do not. Consider making your own high-protein snacks such as toasted almonds or cashews sprinkled with cinnamon or cocoa powder. You could also roast pumpkin seeds in your oven. After scooping them out of the pumpkin, clean and dry them, sprinkle with kosher salt, and roast for 8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir and roast for another 6 minutes or until golden brown.
Vegan Drink Concentrates
Vegan drink concentrates help you to get essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in a convenient way. These drink concentrates come in many flavors and options. You simply add the recommended amount of water, chill, and enjoy. If you are looking for a cold beverage on a hot day, pour the drink over ice. These vegan drink concentrates, like those available from companies like Monin, are also a great option for kids who are picky at mealtime and might not get a varied diet from eating foods.
On a hot day or when you are exercising, your body will need more liquid than usual. To ensure that you stay well-hydrated, consider bringing some flavor-infused water with you. There are special bottles that allow you to float slices of fruit into water without having pieces of the fruit become loose. You could also add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to your bottle of water.
Making your own tasty and healthy foods and drinks is a satisfying endeavor. You can experiment a bit in the kitchen, trying new flavors and mixtures and seeing what you enjoy the most. These ideas are certain to please even the pickiest eaters, and children can even help to make many of these foods.