When it comes to following a primarily raw, plant-based diet, there's a common assumption that your meal and snack choices are limited. However, that's certainly not the case! There are so many delicious and creative ways you can turn your favorite fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds into tasty treats the whole family will love.
Some common healthy snacks enjoyed by our Hallelujah Diet followers include celery sticks and almond butter, green smoothies, crunchy veggies dipped in hummus and berries with almond milk. Consuming a variety of these snack options will keep things interesting and ensure you're getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive throughout the day.
Remember: Snacking is just as important as eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. It boosts your metabolism and keeps you energized to complete your day. When you make smart snacking choices, you can fuel your body properly and live your healthiest and most satisfying life.
Looking for inspiration in the snack department? Here are a few wholesome treats you can prepare for the entire family:
1. Vegetable Hummus
Dip your favorite crunchy vegetables, organic chips or crackers into this delicious vegetable hummus.
5 large cherry tomatoes – 1/2 cup chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic – chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
1 15-ounce can chickpeas – undrained
Simply place all ingredients in food processor, blending until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Place the dip in a serving dish, and enjoy with vegetables, crackers or chips.
2. Raw Fruit Pudding
A delicious vegan treat from Trudy, one of our followers, makes the perfect snack for a sweet tooth.
1 cup strawberries – fresh or frozen
1 cup peaches – fresh or frozen
1 cup rice milk
2-4 tablespoons ground organic flaxmeal
Place all ingredients in a food processor, blending until smooth and creamy. Transfer the pudding to a large bowl, and place it in the refrigerator to chill before serving.
3. Banana Pear Walnut Delight
Consider this delicious recipe a fresh fruit trail mix.
5 bananas – sliced
5 pears – cubed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
Optional: fresh lemon juice
Place all ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Serve immediately, or toss with a splash of lemon juice to keep fruits from turning brown, and then place the dish in the refrigerator to chill.
4. Creamy Fruit Popsicles
Frozen treats are a hit regardless of the time of year! Just remember: You'll need frozen pop molds and sticks to create this concoction.
1 cup almond or rice milk – made fresh or purchased
1 cup orange juice
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons honey or other sweetener
Place all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour the fruit mixture into ice pop molds, and insert sticks into the center of each one. Place the molds in the freezer to set overnight.
Enjoy the following day, or save for another time during the week!
5. Sunny Veggie Wrap
Need a quick, wholesome snack before dinner? Try this nutrient-rich veggie wrap that's loaded with color and flavor.
2 extra-large, organic, whole-wheat wraps
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons prepared hummus – consider the hummus recipe mentioned earlier
Pumpkin seeds for garnish
Place shredded carrot and zucchini in a bowl with salt, pepper and apple cider vinegar. Toss well to coat the vegetables.
Prepare each wrap with a large helping of hummus, spreading across the surface of the tortilla. Then, add a handful of the carrot and zucchini on top of the hummus.
Garnish with a few pumpkin seeds and more pepper if necessary.
Roll up the wraps, slice and serve.
6. Tomato Basil Flatbread
Searching for a healthy, savory snack? Look no further. Keep in mind that you'll "cook" this flatbread with a dehydrator, not an oven.
2 1/2 cups sunflower seeds – soaked overnight and drained
4 medium tomatoes – cut in half and diced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup basil leaves – chopped finely
8 garlic cloves – peeled
1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon Celtic sea or Himalayan salt
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
5 tablespoons ground hempseed
First, place the sunflower seeds in a food processor, blending until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl, and add tomatoes, oil, basil, garlic, oregano, salt and water. Stir well, and then add ground flaxseed and mix again until fully combined.
Divide the batter evenly among five dehydrator trays, spreading mixture to the edge of each tray. Sprinkle hempseed over the mixture, and then place trays in the dehydrator for 6 hours at 105 degrees. Flip the flatbread, and then dehydrate for an additional 10 hours. Once the process is complete, break the flatbread apart into small pieces and serve.