The best vegan snacks of 2022

The best vegan snacks of 2022

If you’re not familiar with Veganuary, let me inform you: Veganuary is a month-long challenge that encourages people all over the world to try adopting a vegan and plant-centric lifestyle.

There are a host of reasons many people choose to switch to a vegan diet, including documented health benefits (reduced inflation and better digestion, just to name a few), animal rights, and minimizing environmental impact of our diets. In fact, some researchers at the University of Oxford found that eliminating meat and dairy products from the diet could significantly help reduce an individual’s carbon footprint.

In the past (even just five years ago, in fact), following a plant-based lifestyle wasn’t exactly easy if you wanted to eat out at restaurants and find vegan snacks that didn’t actually taste like plants. Fortunately, in recent years, a host of new plant-based foods have appeared on the shelves of grocery stores, restaurants, and online retailers, so eating vegan has never been easier or more fun.

Even if you’re not ready to commit to going completely vegan, try some of these snacks and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked, or at least that eating plant-based is 100 percent doable. Plus, new online shopping destinations like Bubble Goods and PlantBelly are great places to discover new independent brands to try. Here are some of my sweet and savory favorites that are equally nutritious and delicious.

Blake’s Seed Based Rice Crisp Treats – Birthday Cake

These crunchy sticky rice crispy treats are sprinkled with sunflower, pumpkin, and flax seeds, adding a hearty, healthy boost to a nostalgic, kid-friendly treat. You may not have guessed it, but Rice Krispie treats aren’t vegan because the puffed rice cereal is fortified with animal-derived vitamin D3.

12 Tides Organic Puffed Seaweed Chips

Conveniently curved for efficient dipping, these puffed seaweed chips also taste great on their own and aren’t as crumbly or greasy as most chips. I love the light, crisp texture, and the seaweed gives it a nuanced, earthy umami flavor. Additionally, farmed algae is one of the most sustainable ingredients out there, removing carbon from the ocean and also absorbing excess nitrogen.

Founder Pat Schnettler previously worked in industrial aquaculture and saw firsthand the destruction that commercial fishing causes in the oceans. With 12 Tides, you’re fighting overfishing, pollution, and the shoreline destruction you’ve witnessed by creating a healthy ocean snack that doesn’t disturb the ocean’s natural ecosystem.

Clusterbucks Grain Free Superfood Clusters

These grain-free granola clusters are made with sprouted buckwheat, a sustainable cover crop that’s also a powerful plant-based protein. They’re super crunchy and great for sprinkling on yogurt or acai bowls, but if I’m being totally honest, I also devour the chocolate reishi and turmeric, lemon, and myrtle clusters right out of the bag.

Light in texture, yet great in flavor, popped water lily seeds have been a popular Ayurvedic snack in India for thousands of years, but have only recently become popular in the United States. Mother-son duo Asha and Jai Farswani source their water lily seeds from small family farms in India, then season and pop them to perfection in Los Angeles.

The turmeric garlic is my personal favorite, but the vegan cheese made with nutritional yeast is also great and there are even dark chocolate dusted AshaPops for the chocoholics. The bags are resealable so they are super portable, but I always finish mine in one sitting.

Three Dads Natural Foods Vegan Superfood Popcorn

The cheesy-flavored nutritional yeast mix in Three Dads Superfood Popcorn will coat your fingers like Cheeto powder, but this vegan dairy-free powder is so much better, packed with B vitamins, protein, and fiber.

Plus, the organic corn kernels are air-popped instead of oil and sourced from a family farm in California. I can sprinkle nutritional yeast on my popcorn at home, but there is still a je ne sais quoi for Three Dads that makes it even better.

Sweetduet Organic Chocolate Dipped Dates

Dates are a popular ingredient in protein bars and vegan desserts because they are a natural sweetener with hints of honey and caramel. I love eating frozen dates at home and adding them to smoothies. Here, they’re dipped in 100 percent pure, unsweetened chocolate for an indulgent dessert bite that tastes like chocolate-dipped caramel fudge with no added sugar.

TCHO recently replaced all of its milk chocolate bars with plant-based dairy alternatives and introduced colorful new packaging for new flavors like Choco Latte and Toffee Time, made with vegan cashew butter, oat milk and toffee bits.

Its entire retail line is now vegan, and the Berkeley-based bean-to-bar chocolate maker also earned Certified B Company status last year, so you can feel good about the social and environmental impact of catering to your taste buds. for the sweet

Sacred Serve Plant-Based Ice Cream

I am an ice cream fanatic and Sacred Serve makes the richest and creamiest plant-based ice cream I have ever tasted. Coconuts are the secret ingredient, with a combination of fair trade and certified organic young coconut flesh, coconut sugar and unrefined coconut oil forming the base of all the flavours.

Other superfoods like matcha, raw cacao, rosewater, maca root and saffron also appear, in flavors like Chaga Chocolate, Saffron Chai Spice and Matcha Mint Chip. The short list of real food ingredients makes this dessert feel pretty virtuous.

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