Well, after doing some research, it does seem vegan on-the-go is a hard hurdle to overcome. I’m doing what everyone else does – relying on bars, nuts, fruits, nut butter, crackers and cut-up veggies. Vegan cookies, chocolate and chips exist – but those aren’t my kind of snacks. So, for now, here’s my go-to list:
- Lara bars are easy and readily accessible.
- Raw Revolution and Vega nutrition bars are tasty – but on the pricey side. Vega bars might be an acquired taste.
- Justin’s Nut Butter packs. Be wary of the chocolate hazelnut – so delicious it hurts.
- Bananas and apples. The pre-cut organic apple slice packets are very handy.
- Baby carrots, celery sticks and red pepper strips.
- Pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
- Raisins, dates and dried apricots.
- Almonds, cashews, walnuts or pistachios
- Dry cereal
This week, I’m branching out my portable snacks and will go for sweet potato fries, black bean and tomato salad and homemade vegan muffins. Recipes will follow.
As for the protein issue, I am still looking for the perfect post-workout protein. When I make notes about these products, remember – they are vegan protein powders. Deliciousness is relative.
BioChem Vegan Protein: In desperation, I invested in BioChem’s vegan protein powder. So far, I’ve only had it in a blueberry smoothie – but it was quite tasty. A combination of hemp, pea and cranberry (yes, cranberry) protein – it tastes pretty good and has 20 grams of protein per serving. Not sure yet if I’ll be willing to try it mixed in almond milk or water alone.
Sun Warrior Raw protein powder is very good – I got a free sample – but I can’t find it here in the Springs except at Sammy’s Organics. I may break down and order it online, because it provides all the amino acids you need to form a complete protein. It is 83 percent protein (whey protein concentrate is 25 to 89 percent protein) and is also raw, which may mean you better absorb and digest it. Frankly, I think it is probably the best protein you can consume, but I have to get my hands on it. It is pricey, however.
Hemp Protein: I like hemp protein, but I know it’s not for everyone. It has a bit of a plant-y taste, but I like it in smoothies. Hemp is close being a complete protein – meaning it offers almost all the amino acids you need to get from food.
Soy powder: Pure soy powder is a little controversial – once the food of the moment, it is now questioned as whether it is as miraculous as previous studies originally suggested. It also has estrogenic qualities. Soy powder has a distinct soy taste and, for me, makes my stomach a bit unhappy. Soy is a complete protein.
Pea Protein: ew. That’s all I have to say. I don’t mind it mixed with other proteins – but isolate pea, oh no. Pea is not complete when offered alone either.
Rice Protein: ew times two. Grainy and tasting distinctly of dirt, I can’t find any good reason to consume this. It is also incomplete, meaning it doesn’t even offer all the amino acids you need and isn’t very high in protein per serving.