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12 Portable Vegan Snacks For When Hunger Hits

It can be tough to find something filling and convenient when you have dietary restrictions. (And hey, even if you don't, it can be difficult to find something you'll feel good about eating.)

But even when options are limited, vending machine candy bars just aren't going to cut it these days. According to recent research from The Cassandra Report, 79 percent of millennials wish there were more convenient and portable healthy food options.

We're here to help. We've put together a list of snacks you can feel good about. They're all vegan and they all add value to your dietary needs. While you'll have to make some of them ahead of time, others come prepped for you. With a little forethought, hunger is just another six-letter word. Check out the snacks below:

1
Nuts
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Nuts are a vegan snack superstar. A recent study found that eating just a handful a day could extend a person's lifetime. That's kinda cool, huh? Buy them in bulk, mix and match, eat them for a breakfast on the go or whenever you need a pick-me-up.
2
Popcorn Trail Mix
Inspired Edibles
Sweet and salty is the name of the game and popcorn trail mix has won it. This is an easy snack to put together, but if you need a recipe for inspiration, check out this one from Inspired Edibles.
3
Seaweed Snacks
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When a salt craving hits, dried seaweed can help. These packs are low in calories and provide a nice crunch for when you're in the mood for some texture.Beyond protein and fiber content, seaweed is a great source of iodine.
4
Nut Butter
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Peanut, cashew, almond -- whatever you like, nut butters make a convenient and hearty vegan snack. Brands like Justin's sell individual-sized packs, which are great for storing in your desk and for portion control. Some of us have a hard time stopping at one spoonful of the stuff.The spreads are tasty on their own and also pair well with fruit or crackers.
5
Roasted Chick Peas
Steamy Kitchen
When you roast a can of garbanzo beans, you get a crispy, flavorful snack full of satiating fiber and protein. This recipe from Steamy Kitchen (pictured) calls for creole seasoning, but you can really dress up these beans however you like. Make a couple of batches and portion them out in a couple of snack bags for convenient office or travel munching.
6
No-Bake Energy Balls
Pumpkin And Peanut Butter
There are so many variations of these magical, energizing no-bake balls. This bunch from Pumpkin And Peanut Butter (pictured) contains oats, almond meal, peanut butter and dark chocolate chips but you can add whatever you like. Pop a batch in the fridge or freezer, and you've got delicious, healthy, ready-made snacks for days.
7
Baked Parsnip Chips
Food Fanatic
Kale chips are so last year (just kidding, they're really delicious), but parsnip chips are easier to make and will give you that crunch you crave. And they're so much healthier than potato chips. Get the recipe from Food Fanatic.
8
Baked Apple Chips
Tasting Page
If you want that crunch but want something a little sweeter, try making your own baked apple chips. Get the recipe from Tasting Page.
9
Vegan Broth Or Soup
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It's not all Cup Noodles out there, friends. There are good-for-you soups on the market that only require the addition of hot water. The hot broth is soothing and will keep your hunger at bay until dinner. This miso ramen from Dr. McDougall's is one of our favorites.
10
Ants On A Log
Sure, this snack may remind you of childhood, but there's nothing childish about this magic combo of veggies, healthy fats and a bit of fruit to give you the energy you need to make it through the day. And with just three ingredients, it's easy to assemble when hunger hits.
11
Sweet Potato
Connoisseurs Veg
This starchy veg is immensely versatile: It's tasty with peanut butter, cinnamon or a butter alternative like Earth Balance and you can make it in the microwave. Get inspired and get the recipe from Connoisserus Veg here.
12
Banana Boats
Lick My Spoon
You can eat a nanner on its own and feel good, or you could stuff it with your favorite trail mix. Think chocolate and peanut butter chips, shredded coconut and any other treat your heart desires. Get the recipe from Lick My Spoon.

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