Where has time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday when we celebrated the arrival of summer. Remember that? In a blink of an eye August has arrived, and September is not faraway. You know what else is around the corner? Going back to school. Whether you are a parent, a college student, or just taking a few classes school will be here before you know it. What a better time to help you prepare by sharing 3 vegan snacks that are delicious, nutritious and easy to make. Let’s re-invent our fruits and veggies!
For a long time I was not a fan of chickpeas. Outside of hummus, I did not really care for them and what they had to offer. When I began my transition to a vegan lifestyle, I gave them a try because they are a great source of protein. It was a delicious and pleasant surprise! Making roasted chickpeas is very easy. Simply rinse a can (or you can cook them yourself) and season it with your favorite spices. Place the chickpeas on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven until you achieve the desired texture. The longer you leave them in the over, the crunchier they will become. The best part? You can store them at room temperature and eat alone or use them with salads or other dishes.
Chia seeds are very popular because of their many benefits. Not only are they a source of protein, they have 8 times more omega 3 than salmon, they are rich in fiber and are a great source of energy! Chia seeds are pretty awesome! So what’s the deal with the pudding? Chia seeds have a neutral flavor, which makes them perfect for puddings. Use two tablespoons of chia seeds and let them soak for at-least two hours using your favorite base (almond milk, coconut milk). Blend 1 cup of your favorite fruit with cinnamon, ginger and/or agave depending on sweetness and blend it with your chia seeds. You can make different flavors and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can have your pudding for breakfast or as a snack!
I fell in love with overnight oats when I was a grad student with very limited time. Not only is this snack very easy to make, it also tastes delicious. Using 1/2 cup of your preferred oats, add 1 cup of your favorite base ( I use coconut milk or almond milk) and place it in the fridge for at-least 6 hours or overnight. When you are ready to eat, drop your favorite fruits and seeds on top and enjoy. Do not be afraid to get creative!
When making the chia pudding and the overnight oats, I highly recommend using a airtight container to help preserve the freshness. Mason jars do the trick and are very easy to travel.