I am not veg*n, but I am currently dairy and soy free while I am nursing.
I've been loving the Coconut Bliss products for treats, but am on the search for some snack foods that aren't sweet.
Hit me with your best links!!
Ok, this is a sweet snack food, but not as sweet and guilty as traditional truffles. And this is to DIE FOR, trust me!
I am currently training for a half marathon (Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt National forest in Mendocino - also considered one of the most scenic marathons in the world), and I go on a long run every weekend from my house to the ocean (in San Francisco). At the end of my run there's a little grocery store that only sells organic stuff and being low on energy I was craving something to boost me up. That's how I discovered Two Moms In The Raw Truffles - and it was love at first taste. Since then, every weekend when I run I make sure to stop there and treat myself to a pack of these. You get 3 truffles in a pack, which is great for sharing and also great for not overeating.
Here's the official product description on their site:
Decadence doesn’t always have to come with guilty conscience. Our truffles are crafted with handmade sprouted almond butter, agave and cacao for a sweet and creamy treat! Our raw processing helps preserve all of the antioxidants, vitamin C, Omega 6 fatty acids and serotonin that is depleted in heated chocolate, maximizing the benefits of your dessert. Serve them after dinner or send them in a care package as a sneakily healthy crowd-pleaser!
And one more (since I am obviously very excited about this thread): Jem Raw Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter
Once every other week I would treat myself to a new product I've never tried before. I am a foodie and love trying new things and experimenting with new foods. When I saw the label of this item on the shelf at my local grocery store I had to try it. You can't really taste the coconut at all, so it tastes more like a regular almond butter, but with strong cardamom flavoring. It is absolutely delicious!!
To avoid eating unhealthy snacks at work (and without giving up snacks altogether), I brought the entire jar to the office. When I crave something sweet, I take a teaspoon of it and wash it down with a tea or a lot of water.
More about this item from their site:
Jem Coconut Cardamom Almond Butter is a perfect combination of truly raw, stoneground sprouted almonds blended with coconut, South American lucuma, vanilla and warm, exotic cardamom. Lightly sweetened with coconut palm sugar. It's fair-trade, pure Jem ambrosia!
Using extremely heavy grinding stones and a lot of patience, Jem is able to achieve incredibly smooth nut butters and artisanal chocolate products by grinding ingredients to a size under 20 microns, at which point your tongue cannot distinguish individual particles.
Unbelievably smooth and rich with just the right touch of sweetness, this almond butter has the honey-like consistency.
Ingredients: Activated sprouted almonds, coconut, coconut palm sugar, lucuma fruit, vanilla, cardamom.
Jem Raw Chocolates are created by independent artisans producing healthy chocolates, sauces and nut butters that satisfy the mind, body and spirit. Using extremely heavy grinding stones and a lot of patience, Jem is able to achieve incredibly smooth nut butters and artisanal chocolate products by grinding ingredients to a size under 20 microns, at which point your tongue cannot distinguish individual particles.
Jem blends superior raw, organic ingredients that never contain gluten, dairy, soy or processed sugar.
Products are all handcrafted in small batches in Bend, Oregon.
I am not vegan either, not even vegetarian, but my diet is 90% vegetarian, so I really appreciate finding tasty vegan treats. I was searching for something earlier and this came my way:
Apparently there's a company that sends you a monthly box of vegan snacks - just like the CSA veggie box! What a genius idea!
There are SO MANY flavors! Any in particular you recommend?
I like brown rice balls. You need to track down the sticky brown rice (also called sweet brown rice) -- you could use white sticky rice as well but brown has more nutrients. Whole Foods usually has it. I cook it in the rice cooker like normal brown rice. Let cool, then shape into balls. You can add fillings if you want. Heidi Swanson over at 101 cookbooks has some tips on making them with fillings: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/sesame-almond-brown-rice-balls-recipe.html
I usually just shape spoonfuls of sticky rice in my hands, washing my hands after I make a ball or two as you will get sticky. You can roll them in a mixture of toasted sesame seeds, salt, and nori (run through blender or food processor) or just buy a japanese Furikake seasoning. My daughter loves them too -- I think I first fed her them at 9 months or so of age.
I love the wasabi almonds at TJs, I don't know if that would be a problem while nursing though. But toasted nuts in general are a good snack and a good source of protein. I also am fond of nut butters with apples or other fruits and veggies.
Also I recommend the book Feeding the Whole Family. It's not a vegetarian book but has vegetarian emphasis, and has feeding tips for babies (like how to modify the recipe so baby can eat it too), as well as good foods for nursing mothers. The Cauliflower Dulse soup comes to mind.
Thanks so much! I'll give these a try and let you know.
There's always Larabars, they're dates and nuts. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=larabars
There's been lots of info in the news about rice containing arsenic or lead so I'd avoid rice, especially since you are nursing.
These can be sweet or not depending on how much honey you use:
2 1/2 c. dried, shredded coconut
1/8 t. sea salt
½ cup cocoa
3/4 c. coconut oil, melted
¼ cup raw honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.
Form into small mounds and place in freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
Store in fridge.
I'm currently dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free thanks to stomach issues I've had since my youngest son was born, and I've found TONS of great recipes at this site:
I'm currently eating honey chia pudding as I type and it is insanely delicious, plus it was really quick and easy to make and it stores well. Here's the link:
I usually have a batch of these pancakes stored in the fridge for when I need a quick snack, too. They're especially delicious cold with a cup of coffee with coconut milk creamer. I just grab a couple out of the fridge and eat them like cookies:
Those are both sweet recipes, which I know isn't what you're looking for, but there are plenty of other recipes that might be more fitting on that site as well. Good luck!
I'm obsessed with chickpeas right now. Roasted and flavored chickpeas are soooo good. there are a couple brands out there, or you can make them at home.
go to snacks usually are sprouted dehydrated almonds, coconut yogurt, carrot sticks/rice crackers with hummus, raw chocolate, brown rice cakes.