One of the toughest things about starting any new eating lifestyle is figuring out what you can and can’t eat.
With veganism, that may sound easy: Vegans eat no animal products, nor any products that come from animals.
The trouble with this is we form eating habits when we are young, so having to ‘give up’ foods can be tough. A better way to look at it would be to consider all the wonderful new foods you will be adding to your diet.
In order to ensure you are not eating any products that come from animals, such as cow milk, whey, rennet, honey and so on, either become really good at reading food labels, or cook yourself from scratch.
The latter strategy is much more practical and economical. Food labels are notoriously confusing and even misleading. And what could be better than something fresh, rather than out of a package?
Veganism works perfectly with a ‘clean diet’, in which you try to eliminate chemicals like artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives. Instead, you will eat whole foods that are as close as possible to natural. Clean eating can be one of healthiest eating lifestyles, and easy once you know how.
One of the toughest areas when going vegan is the perception you have to give up all your favorite snacks. Actually, the opposite is true. If you eat 3 meals a day, you will still need 1 or 2 structured snacks throughout the day to ensure that you don’t get too hungry and make unwise food choices.
Some clean eating vegans eat six small meals a day to keep their energy levels steady. This is because a plant-based diet can often have negative calories, that is, your body burns more energy to digest it than the number of calories in the food itself.
This is true, for example, if you eat a raw diet, as some clean eaters do. A vegan raw diet would be comprised of foods like raw carrots and celery. These are tough, fibrous vegetables with few calories, so eating them raw means burning up more calories than they contain.
If you are looking for some quick snacks that satisfy your hunger while helping you stick to your vegan diet, here are a few suggestions that are easy to make and will curb your junk food cravings. Best of all, the entire family will love them and be happy to eat clean too.
It’s easy to get started making healthy vegan snacks.
Sweet Potato Chips
Raw Granola Bars
Healthy Apple Cookies
Ants On A Log
Edamame With Dressing
Homemade Trail Mix
Traditional Scottish Oatcakes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Raw Cookies