So, one of my favourite things in the world is of course: food. Since going vegan I think I’ve turned into even more of a foodie if that was even possible as I want to try everything that is vegan friendly! Whilst in the US I had intended on popping into Whole Foods, but my friend Kiersten actually recommended a new store in their area called Lazy Acres which was a very similar kind of thing. I was like a kid in a sweet shop walking round here and I really hit the jackpot. Here are a few of the things I picked up and my impressions of them!
Made by Watusee Foods, these organic, roasted chickpeas are coated in deliciously sweet cinnamon. The only 5 ingredients they use are chickpeas, coconut oil, cinnamon, stevia and salt. I love these kind of snacks, where they have simple ingredients that you’ve actually heard of! I meant to take a better picture of them but I only remembered to get this rather artistic (haha) ‘inside-the-bag’ shot:
I’ll admit this doesn’t make them look particularly appetising but believe me they were delicious. They were the perfect balance of savoury and sweet, and really crunchy! I enjoyed them on their own but if I’d had read the recommendation about putting them on yogurt I’d have totally tried that before I finished them! (Vegan yogurt of course!). There are other savoury flavours too, which I imagine would be a much healthier alternative if you’re craving crisps. These are only available in the US, which makes me wish I’d savoured the last few I ate just a moment ago more!
2. Louisville vegan jerky
Vegan Jerky made by the Louisville Vegan Jerky Company. Now when I saw this I thought it seemed so strange that I had to try it! I got the Maple Bacon flavour and prepared myself for some weird snacking… Looking at the ingredients, they are once again all pretty natural and the macros are not too shabby either.
I didn’t really know what to expect from these; they don’t look all that appetising but then again, does meat jerky look delicious? I’m not so sure. These definitely grew on me. At first the texture was strange for me, because it’s quite hard and chewy, but once again this is similar to the real thing – I never really ate jerky before anyway! The flavour was really nice in my opinion, though my omni friend Lucy tried it and screwed her face up in disgust. I think this is where there’s a big difference between a vegan trying a ‘fake’ meat and an omni trying it: they know exactly what it’s supposed to be like whereas we’re just going off memory. I ended up really liking it, especially to diversify my snacking! I’ve never seen it in UK shops but I found it on Amazon here.
3. Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookie
Oh my god. I have seen these cookies in US vloggers’ ‘what I eat in a day’ videos and when I saw them on the shelf in the store my eyes lit up. I don’t know why, but I only purchased one. One. The last time in probably a while that I was in America and I decide to just buy one single cookie. Maybe my expectations weren’t high enough, maybe I was worried I’d run out of cash at the till, whatever the reason – I deeply regretted it when I got home and actually tried this thing.
I never really buy pre-packaged cookies and cakes, I think because they’re never as good as they look and I’m so used to doing my own baking. However this was something else. It was the perfect, crunch on the outside soft on the inside kinda cookie. It had a tonne of protein in (for a cookie) and tasted heavenly. A serving is apparently half a cookie but I don’t believe there’s a single person on this earth who would stop halfway through one of these and say ‘yup that’s enough for now’!
I was sad that I’d never seen them in the UK so had a little search online and you can actually get them from a number of places! The best deal I found was on Protein Pick and Mix where this happened:
But do I regret this decision? Absolutely not. I’ve also been given the tip to put one in the microwave briefly before eating – I’ll let you know how it turns out.
I also picked up some other goodies from Lazy Acres in the US and Whole Foods whilst on a trip to London. Then just the other day I ordered a bunch of stuff from Protein Pick and Mix and now I have all this:
Don’t judge me. I need to be well stocked up! Those Larabars are amazing, once again with minimal ingredients but not as healthy tasting as a Nakd bar for example. I’m yet to break into any of my new ones but I’m intrigued to try the citrus flavours!
The snack at the bottom of the top right picture is a Clif bar, filled with coconut almond butter. Another snack only available in the US to my utter dismay. I may try creating my own version because this was once again heavenly. I also really liked the Liv’s Kitchen raw millionaire bites. I preferred the original flavour to the orange one but both were really satisfying. They really tasted ‘naughty’ but of course are all natural so it was like having an indulgence without all the nasties! Ombar is my favourite raw chocolate and Conscious Chocolate comes an incredibly close second – be sure to try them both out! I’ve seen Ombar in quite a few health food/farm shops actually so you should be able to get your hands on some quite easily!
So there is my haul, though tomorrow I’m actually going to Exeter to pick up some naughty vegan treats (think peanut butter cups) as I’m going away with work over the next 3 weeks and let’s just say it’s not going to be very fun and I’m definitely going to need some morale!
I hope you enjoyed this post, I think I’ll do a favourites post soon with my top healthy snacks, and maybe a favourite treats post too with the not so healthy ones!
What are your favourite vegan snacks? I’m a missing anything I should really know about??
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
This post was in no way sponsored. Links are provided for your information. All opinions are my own.