Six Easy Snacks For Your Busy Vegan Kids
Whether it’s for a school trip, a busy day at summer camp, or even a play date at a nonvegan friend’s house, it’s not a bad idea to send your kids packing — tasty plant-based snacks, that is!
What follows is a list of fun, easy, and mostly nutritious snacks your little ones are sure to love, that won’t require too much from you either. Can’t get much better than that.
Dairy-Free Yogurt With Fruit And Granola
Check out your supermarket’s dairy-free yogurt options; these days, you’ll probably find plenty. Then, pair your yogurt of choice with chopped or bite-sized fruit and your favorite vegan granola. If you’re feeling extra generous, and your little one happens to have a sweet tooth, you could also add dried fruit, coconut, or a few dairy-free chocolate chips.
To make your own quick and easy homemade edamame snack for your child, simply steam the (unshelled) pods until soft, and sprinkle liberally with salt, or even garlic salt. Edamame can also be bought already shelled, but might not be as fun for your kiddos to eat! Just make sure they (are old enough to) know to not eat the pods themselves, and watch those fine motor skills grow.
Freeze smoothies in to-go containers for your little ones. These will thaw into perfect, sorbet-like snacks by the time your kids are ready to eat! They will be kept colder and last longer if they’re packed with an ice pack. You can also fill your smoothie cups halfway and top them with granola and berries.
Fruit leather is made from fruit puree that has been pressed, dried, and cut into snack ready sizes. If you’re feeling ambitious and have access to a dehydrator, you can make it yourself using recipes such as these. Those who’d like to cut down on chores, however, can also find fruit leather in stores and online. Just don’t forget to check the ingredients.
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, pack a big protein punch and can be made into a delicious snack in a flash. Just coat them in olive oil, and spices and seasoning of your choice. Next, bake at 450 for around 40 minutes (or until crunchy). Yes, really. That’s it!
Sumptuous Snack Stacks
Small, savory towers of cucumber slices with hummus spread in between make great snack stacks for your little one! Or, for a sweet take on the stack, slice a couple bananas into bite-size pieces or apples into small sandwich-sized pieces to form a stackable fruit tower. You can also core the apple first to create a tower of apple rings! Spread peanut, almond, or vegan cookie butter in between the stacked fruit, for a tasty and fun surprise.