When I first became vegan I was always looking for filling and healthy snacks that could also keep my IBS happy. So I thought I would share my top 5 snacks that I always come back to and are super quick to put together.
1. Peanut butter, Banana and Rice Cakes
2 tbsp peanut butter – I use a peanut butter that is 100% peanuts with no added oil, sugar or salt
A barely ripe banana sliced
2 rice cakes
Spread the peanut butter over the rice cakes and top with sliced banana. Sprinkle over some cinnamon for an extra tasty snack.
2. Almonds and Dark Chocolate
2 squares of dark chocolate
Simple and quick to put together providing healthy fats and antioxidants. If I have an extra few minutes I melt the chocolate and drizzle over the almonds for an extra luxurious treat.
3. Popcorn and Dried Fruit Mix
1 cup of popcorn – my favourite is sweet and salty, try to look for brands that don’t add lots of extra sugar and not the toffee/caramel popcorn varieties.
Your choice of dried fruit – I love to add 1 tbsp of cranberries, shredded coconut or raisins.
Fruit and popcorn give you a good hit of fibre, as well as popcorn being a wholegrain snack.
4. Roasted Chickpeas
1 tin of chickpeas
1tbsp garlic oil
Your choice of seasoning – paprika or cumin for example
Roast the chickpeas with garlic oil and sprinkle with smoky paprika for a delicious quick snack. Try adding different spices to make your own variation. Eat by themselves or sprinkled on salads.
5. Homemade Hummus with Tortilla Chips or Vegetable Sticks
Store bought hummus can contain high FODMAP foods likes garlic and onion, by making your hummus at home you can control what goes into it and still get a delicious authentic hummus taste by adding garlic oil. It only takes 5 minutes to blend everything together. Just be sure to stick to correct portion sizes. Around 30g to 50g depending on what your body can tolerate.