Have you ever sat down for a long period of time and felt dizzy when you first stood up? As someone with abnormally low blood pressure, I experience this all the time, and even more so if I don’t eat small meals throughout the day. When I decided to become vegan, I was really nervous about potentially reducing my ability to easily purchase snacks, as most traditional snack items sold at convenience stores and gas stations are not vegan. But over the past few months, I have discovered some awesome vegan snacks, sold at many stores across the U.S. By the way, this post is not sponsored; these are just some of my favorite vegan brands and products.
Larabar. Founded in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Larabar offers vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free products alike, with an aim to include as few ingredients as possible. Why is fewer ingredients so much better? Well, have you ever tried reading the average label of a granola bar? There’s usually a large list of ingredients with names that you have never heard of; it would take a significant amount of time to comb through each and every item. Nevertheless, Larabar combats this confusion by including between three to five ingredients in each snack. These snacks range from regular bars to bites to fruit bars, and I’ve tried each style and many of the flavors, but I highly recommend the chocolate chip cookie dough bar the double-chocolate brownie bites.
Kashi. I love this brand because Kashi values creating organic, plant-based, whole grain products. Not all of Kashi’s products are vegan, but the products that are vegan are both healthy and delicious. I recently discovered the Kashi Chewy Nut Bar, which is sold only at Sam’s Club but can also be found online here. What’s great about this product is that not only does it fit my dietary restrictions, but my husband finds them delicious as well. In other words, Kashi offers a lot of products, such as cereals and protein powders, appealing to both vegans and non-vegans alike.
Orgain. Something that I personally have struggled with is finding a vegan protein powder that actually tastes good, and strangely enough, I found this one at Target! Orgain not only values developing plant-based products, but organic products that are low in sugar and artificial sweeteners. As someone who would prefer to put the least amount of toxic things in my body as possible, this was great news! My personal favorite is the creamy chocolate fudge protein powder. I usually mix it with coconut or almond milk and find myself with an awesome pre- or post-workout drink. I should add that it is very filling, so if you plan to eat a meal shortly before or after consuming this, just be aware of that.
Orchard Valley Harvest. Although not a vegan brand, some of OVH’s products are vegan and are easy to throw in a purse, or pack in a lunch. OVH sells both salad-toppers and trail mixes loaded with a variety of fruits and nuts, which are all organic. Since I often pack my lunches, or dinners, for work, I am always on the search for easy things I can throw into a lunch box that will last throughout the day, and this is it! Plus, nuts have lots of protein, for those folks out there wondering how we meet our daily protein quote as vegans. My personal favorite at the moment is the cranberry, almond, cashew trail mix, which I most recently purchased from Walmart.
I know this is not an exhaustive list of every vegan product I use, let alone every vegan snack product I consume, but I hope this gives you some insight into what a vegan can eat on a day-to-day basis, especially if you’re a lazy vegan like me. 🙂 What vegan snacks do you or your friends consume? Please share in the comments.
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