When you are feeling peckish, it is time to grab a snack!
And at Holland and Barrett, we stock a great variety of healthy option snacks to choose from, including gluten free and vegan options.
Our range of healthy vegan snacks are free from any animal products and include both savoury and sweet snacks options.
Choose from bars, nibbles and chips - there is something to suit every taste.
Is it unhealthy to snack?
Snacking gets a bad rap but actually snacks can make up an important part of a healthy balanced diet.
Snacks can help to give you energy after you have exercised or during the day, when there is a while until your next meal.
If you get to a meal time and you are really hungry, this can lead to overeating and so a healthy snack can help ward off these hunger pangs and lead to better choices for your next meal.
How to tell if a snack is healthy
With so much choice available when it comes to choosing a snack, it can be difficult to know exactly which the best snacks to go for are.
Try to choose a healthier option. Look out for added sugars and snacks which contain a high proportion of sugar.
Also take notice of the calorie count. There should be enough calories in your snack to satisfy you until dinner time but eating too many calories can lead to weight gain.
Which are the best vegan sweet snacks?
Have you got a sweet tooth? There are plenty of vegan sweet treats to satisfy those cravings.
And just because you are following a vegan diet, it does not mean that you need to miss out on chocolate!
For example, Nakd Cocoa Orange Fruit & Nut Bar is a classic flavour sensation.
This vegan snack bar is just raw fruit and nuts combined to make a delicious treat.
There is nothing artificial here. And as well as being vegan, this bar is also gluten and wheat free and contains no added sugar. Perfect for guilt-free snacking!
Bars are fuss-free, easy vegan snacks which are easy to eat no matter where you are.
If vegan chocolate snacks are not your thing but you still need a sweet fix, why not try some delicious dried fruit?
Holland & Barrett Sun Dried Mango Slices (https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-sun-dried-mango-slices-60081804?skuid=082149) make for a naturally sweet and tasty treat.
Pop them in your bag for on-the-go snacking or share with family and friends when you are having a night in.
Nairn’s Oat Biscuits Coconut & Chia are the perfect vegan biscuits to pair with your afternoon cuppa.
With just 45 calories per biscuit, they are all natural and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
These biscuits are high in fibre which helps to keep you feeling fuller so you will be able to hang on until your next meal…or your next cuppa!
Fibre can also help with digestion. It is therefore important to make sure that you get your fibre from a variety of sources, to ensure that you are eating a healthy balanced diet.
Delicious vegan savoury snacks
Do not worry if you are more of a fan of savoury snacks – we have got that covered too, with plenty of savoury plant-based snacks to nibble on.
Holland & Barrett Salt & Vinegar Soya & Chickpea Popped Bites are a healthy choice for a savoury snack.
They are a good source of protein, gluten free and suitable for vegans, not to mention their lip-smacking salt and vinegar flavour.
Kallo Protein Lentil Cakes provide a high source of pea protein.
If you are following a vegan diet, you may find it more difficult to get protein as a lot of protein comes from meat, fish and dairy products, and so this is an excellent protein-rich snack.
These lentil cakes are a great alternative to bread and contain just 30 Kcals per cake.
Spread with peanut butter and banana slices or berries and vegan yoghurt for a delicious post-workout snack or you could even eat them for your breakfast.