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Kaissa
« on: June 09, 2009 03:18:46 PM »

I'm wondering if anyone can suggest some good snacks! I've finally made the conversion to being vegetarian (just a few weeks) and am having a hard time sometimes with starving in the middle of the day. I just keep grabbing carbs - peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, stuff like that. What do you guys keep stocked for when you need a snack NOW?

On a semi-unrelated note, how long does it take to not be tempted to relapse? Sad

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009 08:10:19 AM »

First, a big thumbs up for going vegetarian Smiley I hope you're enjoying it

Here a few ideas.. some of them still carby but I figured it might help other people if they're looking for snacks too..

- nuts/seeds (almonds with raisins are my favourite)
- fruit. Have you tried frozen grapes or frozen banana slices? there's also dried fruit- banana slices with coconut oil are delicious imo, as are apple rings.. )
- licorice! not many people seem to like ordinary black licorice, but are converted when it comes to raspberry flavour. I buy Panda licorice.. or there's some softer black opal confectioner's licorice (? or something the name has passed me at the moment, sorry) here that's also really nice
- popcorn
- dark chocolate
- sweets Cheesy (skittles, starburst and jelly tots are vegan in the UK, as usually are laces, american hard gums, fry's peppermint creams... )
- flapjack :3 yumms
- mini cornish pasties- mostly because they're tasty warm or cold and you can pretty much put in anything you want
-cereal (I like to snack on dry cereal.. that may be weird, though..)

Hope that helps somewhat Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009 01:38:10 PM »

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cereal (I like to snack on dry cereal.. that may be weird, though..)

i always do that too! Smiley tastes much better dry anyway
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2009 05:20:04 PM »

-plantains
-soy yogurt
-raisins with peanuts
-slices of watermelon when it's hot out
-Luna bars

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2009 06:35:31 AM »

veggies - carrot sticks, broccoli, celery, bell peppers... if you buy a few, chop them, and stick them in the fridge, you'll have them for whenever.

as for cravings, how long it takes depends on each person. but congrats on your choice!
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2009 05:09:58 PM »

i actually find that vegetarian snacks are way easier to think of than vegetarian meals sometimes.  here are just a few of my faves.

-red grapes (i rinse mine, put em in a bowl, and leave them in the fridge for an easy whenever snack)
-apple slices w/ peanut butter
-homemade trail mix (i make mine super simple with peanuts and choc. covered raisins)
-peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat toast
-homemade potato chips w/ sour cream and chives : slice potato very thin, then spread on plate and microwave till crispy - (yes they get crispy!)  mix some chives (fresh or dried) into some fat-free sour cream and serve w/ the chips
-tortilla chips + salsa + guacamole + vegetarian refried beans (try old el paso)
-"B"LT (fakin' bacon on toast w/ lettuce, tomato, and mayo)
-matzoh w/ cream cheese
-TLC cookies or granola bars
-grilled cheese w/ tomato
-almonds (blue diamond has some super delicious flavored ones like cinnamon & brown sugar, and vanilla bean)
-hard boiled egg
-pretzels w/ mustard
-pretzels w/ dark chocolate
-smoothie : add approx 8oz. soy milk, a bunch of frozen berries (i love strawberries and blueberries), a little bit of honey, and a scoop of vanilla flavored whey protein to blender.  blend till smooth.  since the berries are already frozen, there's no need to add any ice that would just water down your smoothie.  *tip* if you throw just a few stalks of frozen broccoli in you'll never taste it!!

i could go on and on...

just to add a little p.s. - i recently found out that M&Ms Mars is conducting horrid animal tests.  i don't want to go into the details here because it's not easy reading if you know what i mean, but i encourage you to go to peta.org to check it out.  unfortunately they are the makers of many candies including skittles (mentioned in a post above), starburst, snickers, twix, m&ms, mars bars, milky ways and probably some others i can't think of at the moment (if you're concerned just be sure to check the back of the package to see who the manufacturer is).
sorry to be the bearer of bad news Sad but i hope that some of the above snacks are inspiring!

congrats on becoming vegetarian - you totally rock for doing it!  i know it's tough in the beginning but i know you will be able to stick to your guns and pull it off for the long haul.

xoxo
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2009 03:38:25 PM »

For a sweet snack I like to have a couple of Medjool dates. I love them. I cant believe it took me this long to have discovered them.. yum.
Sometimes fresh salsa or guacamole and chips does the trick.
Lately I've found that making my own granola for a snack can be pretty awesome. I make a good size batch and have it for whenever.

Great job on your decision to go vegetarian! Most bad cravings will eventually go away, or at least they have for me. Oddly I had a much harder time with cravings when I tried to go vegetarian. When I switched to a vegan diet it seemed like cravings went away much faster. Now I occasionally crave ICE CREAM.. that one can be bad especially when my special PMS time comes, but it gets better and better every month, even the PMS itself isn't really notable anymore. I've only been eating Vegan since Jan of this year and I couldn't be happier or feel much better.

Good luck on your journey!
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2009 05:42:56 AM »

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just to add a little p.s. - i recently found out that M&Ms Mars is conducting horrid animal tests.  i don't want to go into the details here because it's not easy reading if you know what i mean, but i encourage you to go to peta.org to check it out.  unfortunately they are the makers of many candies including skittles (mentioned in a post above), starburst, snickers, twix, m&ms, mars bars, milky ways and probably some others i can't think of at the moment (if you're concerned just be sure to check the back of the package to see who the manufacturer is).
sorry to be the bearer of bad news Sad but i hope that some of the above snacks are inspiring!

 Shocked I hadn't realised.
Thanks for letting us know, I sure as hell won't be buying their products again.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009 05:08:17 PM »

thank you all for the awesome ideas!
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just to add a little p.s. - i recently found out that M&Ms Mars is conducting horrid animal tests.  i don't want to go into the details here because it's not easy reading if you know what i mean, but i encourage you to go to peta.org to check it out.  unfortunately they are the makers of many candies including skittles (mentioned in a post above), starburst, snickers, twix, m&ms, mars bars, milky ways and probably some others i can't think of at the moment (if you're concerned just be sure to check the back of the package to see who the manufacturer is).
sorry to be the bearer of bad news Sad but i hope that some of the above snacks are inspiring!

 Shocked I hadn't realised.
Thanks for letting us know, I sure as hell won't be buying their products again.

and yes, thanks for this!
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009 07:35:51 PM »

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just to add a little p.s. - i recently found out that M&Ms Mars is conducting horrid animal tests.  i don't want to go into the details here because it's not easy reading if you know what i mean, but i encourage you to go to peta.org to check it out.  unfortunately they are the makers of many candies including skittles (mentioned in a post above), starburst, snickers, twix, m&ms, mars bars, milky ways and probably some others i can't think of at the moment (if you're concerned just be sure to check the back of the package to see who the manufacturer is).
sorry to be the bearer of bad news Sad but i hope that some of the above snacks are inspiring!

 Shocked I hadn't realised.
Thanks for letting us know, I sure as hell won't be buying their products again.

Thanks for mentioning this. I'd also like to add that in America, Skittles have gelatin in them, so they are not veg friendly.
As far as snacks go, try looking around the health food section of your local grocery store, or even stop by a health food store. Lance crackers are all veg friendly. I reccomend American Gourmet products also. They have vegan cheetos and caramel popcorn snacks.
Recently, I've fallen in love with avacodos.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2009 04:29:00 PM »

OH! And Kale Chips. Cheap, healthy and tasty.
Rinse and dry kale, place on baking sheet, drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle on sea salt, then bake at 350 until crispy. Yummy. You can even cook it in the frying pan. I like mine with ketchup. Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2009 08:29:21 PM »

Oddly I had a much harder time with cravings when I tried to go vegetarian. When I switched to a vegan diet it seemed like cravings went away much faster. Now I occasionally crave ICE CREAM.. that one can be bad especially when my special PMS time comes, but it gets better and better every month, even the PMS itself isn't really notable anymore. I've only been eating Vegan since Jan of this year and I couldn't be happier or feel much better.

Good luck on your journey!

There are really good vegan "ice creams" out there. Some brands that I like are: Rice Dream, Trader Joe's, So Delicious, Purely Decadent, and Tofutti. They make many different flavors and some make sandwiches and bars.
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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2009 03:14:07 PM »

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just to add a little p.s. - i recently found out that M&Ms Mars is conducting horrid animal tests.  i don't want to go into the details here because it's not easy reading if you know what i mean, but i encourage you to go to peta.org to check it out.  unfortunately they are the makers of many candies including skittles (mentioned in a post above), starburst, snickers, twix, m&ms, mars bars, milky ways and probably some others i can't think of at the moment (if you're concerned just be sure to check the back of the package to see who the manufacturer is).
sorry to be the bearer of bad news Sad but i hope that some of the above snacks are inspiring!

 Shocked I hadn't realised.
Thanks for letting us know, I sure as hell won't be buying their products again.

Thanks for mentioning this. I'd also like to add that in America, Skittles have gelatin in them, so they are not veg friendly.
As far as snacks go, try looking around the health food section of your local grocery store, or even stop by a health food store. Lance crackers are all veg friendly. I reccomend American Gourmet products also. They have vegan cheetos and caramel popcorn snacks.
Recently, I've fallen in love with avacodos.

They now make skittles that do not contain gelatin.  The packaging is a little bit different than the kind that does contain gelatin.  Right under the ingredients it should say that it doesn't contain gluten or gelatin.  Either way, I won't be eating them anymore.  Boo animal testing!
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2009 11:32:33 PM »

my absolute favorite snack right now is celery with hummus in it. the grocery store i go to has packages of just the inner celery stalks(the kind that are tender and not stringy)
 cherry tomatoes, and pickled veggies, like okra and cauliflower are big on my list too.
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2009 09:33:36 PM »

Hummus with wheat thins, veggies, or pita.  I also like to make mini pizzas with English muffins and whatever easy toppings I happen to have.
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2009 11:10:50 AM »

oooooo NUTS! these are my favurite Tongue
also theres a great treat for summer- sherbet!
simply take any fruit (for texture delight you may use mango, bananas, any fruit with fiber like texture) - slice thik & put in the freezer then when freezed mash it up in a blender! mmmmm Roll Eyes

also sprouts are good!
 refreshing and extremly nutritious. my fav is mung beans and they have the best taste when the tiny root picking out a bit and they're already chewble.

if you're into long term (i mean long) cooking ( i mean dehydrating) i found a recipe for granola bars made diffrently (lacto-fermented, like pickls!) and more nutritiosly...

"Lactic acid bacteria are a group of bacteria including the genus Lactobacilli and others, who can tolerate a lower pH than other bacteria. They occur naturally on food and in your gut where they help you digest food. They eat up sugars and produce lactic acid. "Probiotic" foods contain certain species of lactic acid bacteria intended to aid digestion and promote healthy "gut microflora."
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2010 07:04:23 PM »

Dr. Oz said that it takes roughly 28 days to get beyond cravings. just thought you'd like to know :p
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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2010 01:49:31 PM »

I like Tofurkey Jerky.  They have a few flavors, but I stick with the original. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2010 01:09:58 PM »


Oh my do I love to snack! I get what you mean about it being more difficult, I've been at a bit of a loss when it comes to snack time ever since I became vegan over 4 years ago! But here are some I've come up with:

Cookie bites: Whenever I make cookies, I make them a little smaller than the recipe says and have them.
Half an avocado: So good! I just eat it with a spoon, but it's also good with a bit of chilli sauce/salt on.
Dry roasted peanuts: these are dangerous! I could probably eat the whole bag in one go.
Soya yogurts: there are so many great flavours available in the UK now, dark cherry or tropical are my favourite!
Dried fruit: Always good, I keep a little tupperware of dried apricots and mixed nuts in my bag for when I get hungry on the bus!

Any more ideas would be great!

Lizi xxx
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2010 07:21:57 PM »

I'm not a veggie...I considered it once, but it didn't go very well. 

Anyways, some one above mentioned hummus.  I know CostCo sells some hummus in little tubs.  Or you could check your grocery store for something like that.

Veggies and fruit are always a good way to go.

I'm a low-carber, so I know the whole snack thing is tough.

Good luck!
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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2010 07:29:31 PM »

well i usually snake on celery stick w/  penaut butter & raisin yum  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2010 03:29:59 PM »

I've been veg (lacto-ovo) for two years now, and struggle constantly for snack foods. Its easy in the summer and early fall. Berries Berries Berries!!!

Some other things I love are:
homemade granola bars (recipe http://www.joyfulabode.com/2008/04/11/homemade-granola-bar-recipe-no-high-fructose-corn-syrup-in-these-bars/)
veggie slices, especially cucumber
half an avocado, drizzled with tamari (my favourite!!!!)
fruit! Love the mini mandarin oranges 2 or 3 make a great snack
I second the Panda Black Licorice suggestion, (my boss just introduced me to it. So yummy, and fairly cheap!)
corn nuts
a scoop of whatever leftovers are in the fridge
figs (only sometimes, I don't always like them, it's weird)
naan and peanut butter
pizza pops (homemade)
chili lime almonds. I fell in love with these in the summer and started making my own
smoothies (it's a good thing I don't live too near booster juice!)
Kashi 7-grain crackers (so tasty, they don't need anything else)
graham crackers (with or without nutella)
and of course the oh so unhealthy (so saved for a special treat), salt and vinegar chips

I never had cravings for meat, more often McDonald's French fries. I loved those things, but I heard they contain sued, so I stay away from them.
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« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2010 03:23:29 PM »

As for cravings, I have a slightly odd theory. I reckon your body knows what it wants, so you should give it what it wants.

No, I don't mean eat meat if that's what you're craving. I also don't mean overeating is a good thing. I mean eat the type of food you're craving since there may be a reason. My body knows when it's low in iron and I start craving iron-rich foods.

Meat is packed with protein and iron. So, if you're craving meat maybe that means you should eat a snack with protein and iron.

If you're after something sweet or creamy, find a healthy and veg-friendly food that meets the requirement. Then you can have a little when you crave.
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« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2010 07:50:58 PM »

I'm not veggie, but here are some of my favorite meat-free snacks:

Edamame (soy beans)

Pita chips.  I like to make my own.  Take a whole wheat or regular pita, split it, and cut each half into 12 slices.  Brush on oil or spritz on some cooking spray.  Add whatever herbs or spices you like--chili peppers, basil, garlic, etc., topped off with some good old salt and pepper.  If you're lacto-ovo, add some cheese.  Bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes or until crispy.
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