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Savoury snacks – by Kate Fowler

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll have seen the huge number of vegan sweet treats available, but what is there for those of us who don’t have a sweet tooth or prefer to avoid large amounts of sugar? The answer is: a lot!

Let’s start with our old favourite: the humble potato crisp. Walker’s crisps are found everywhere, so choose from Ready Salted, Salt & Vinegar, Worcester Sauce and Prawn Cocktail. If you’re ‘Old Skool’, try Skips, Crispy Bacon Wheat Crunchies and Walkers Salt & Vinegar Squares. Many of the supermarkets’ own-brand bacon-flavour ‘frazzles’ are vegan, too, but strangely real Smiths/Walkers Frazzles aren’t vegan as they contain milk products.

As for Doritos, try Lightly Salted or Chilli Heatwave with either their Hot or Mild Salsa Dip. And if you like a snack that scoops, Pringles labels on the packet which of its flavours are suitable for vegans. Currently, they are Original, Texas BBQ, Paprika, Tortilla BBQ and Smokey Bacon (warning: these are addictive). Need your crisps in a cute shape? Pom-Bears are the snack for you.

Moving on to posh crisps. Try Kettle Chips (Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar) and Tyrrells (Naked, Lightly Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, English Barbecue, Red White & Blue, and their Mixed Root Vegetable Crisps).

And what about crisps that are not quite crisps? Have you seen Hummus Chips made by Eat Real? Their range of flavours are all vegan and it says so on the front of the pack. Try Chilli & Lemon, Creamy Dill, Sea Salt or Tomato & Basil. Pop Chips are good, too, and less fatty than some other crisps. Vegan flavours are Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Ridged Smoky Bacon.

For something a bit different, try Crosta & Mollica’s Crostini with Oregano or Chilli, or their fennel seed-flavoured Tarallini (oooh, fancy). Or mini poppadoms which can be dunked in mango chutney (also vegan). We like Walkers Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms.

Going to the movies? Butterkist Cinema Sweet Popcorn and Sweet & Salted Popcorn are vegan. Try Tyrrell’s Poshcorn (Lightly Sea Salted, Sweet, Sweet & Salty) or Propercorn (Sweet & Salty, Lightly Sea, Smooth Peanut & Almond or Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato).

You would expect salted nuts to be vegan, and you would be right. But, obviously honey-roasted nuts are not vegan, and watch out for milk products in some dry-roasted brands. Try Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli Coated Peanuts, KP Jumbo Salt & Vinegar Peanuts or, if you are feeling brave, Tesco Vindaloo Jumbo Peanuts and Cashews.

And don’t forget the humble breadstick. Lots of the plain and sesame seed ones are vegan, and both Morrisons and Asda stock a Black Olive variety, and Tesco’s a Rosemary one. Perfect for houmous-dunking.

By now, you’ll have read about the availability of dairy-free cheese (if not, then this is the blog post for you) and you’ll be wanting a cracker to go with it. Thankfully, there are a LOT of vegan crackers, and I’ve listed just a handful of them.

Counterintuitively, cream crackers are vegan, and so are most Ryvita Crispbreads (watch out for honey in the Fruit and Seed Crunch), melba toasts and water biscuits. Ritz Crackers are good, too, and supermarkets tend to stock their own brand of Poppy & Sesame Seed Thins. Try Hovis Extra Wheatgerm Crackers, Jacob’s Flatbreads (Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, Mixed Seed) and their Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Savours. Lots of oatcakes are vegan and you’ll be pleased to know that sweet pickle and piccalilli are vegan, too.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to create a canapé from a cracker, then pile olives, sundried tomatoes or artichokes on top of vegan cream cheese. The lactic acid they are preserved in comes from a vegetable source. Just watch out for olives filled with anchovies … what kind of madness is that?

Eating on the move – by Issie Hutchinson and Ben Martin

There was a time when vegan snacks were limited to crisps, fruit or nuts, but I’m glad to say that those days are long gone. Now supermarkets and coffee shops alike are embracing veganism, with most offering a selection of plant-based food to eat on the go.

HK_Central_IFC_Mall_night_shop_Pret_A_MangerSandwiches

Pret A Manger seems to be leading the way with several vegan sandwiches and wraps available in store. You can choose from their super greens & reds; cucumber and humous on rye; avo, olives and toms baguette; or one of their several vegan wraps. Both Caffè Nero and Tesco now have a houmous and falafel wrap on sale, and Marks & Spencer has just brought out two new vegan sandwiches. Another option, of course, is to go into Subway and ask for a Veggie Delite with no cheese.

Salad, pasta, etc

If you’re not a sandwich fan, there are still plenty of other options. You’ll find falafel, quinoa and lentil salad at Starbucks; vegetable pasta arrabbiata at Caffè Nero and no less than ten salad options at Pret A Manger. You can even find vegan sushi at Waitrose.

NakdbarsSugary snacks

If you’re after more of a sugar hit to keep you going, Starbucks has a raw raspberry & nut bar and a peanut & cashew bar, and Costa has a fruity crumble slice that is vegan-friendly and gluten-free. At Pret A Manger you’ll find chocolatey coconut bites, which are very much like bounty bars, as well as a cacao and orange pot. You’ll also find Nakd bars in most shops and supermarkets, which are all vegan and provide a slightly healthier alternative to cakes and chocolate. You can find more sugary snack suggestions here.

Breakfast

Got up late for lectures? It doesn’t mean you have to skip breakfast. You can get soy porridge at both Starbucks and Caffè Nero. Again, Pret A Manger has a few options, including apple and pomegranate overnight oats, dairy-free bircher, coconut porridge and an acai breakfast bowl that features granola and fresh fruit to get you off to a good start.

If all else fails, my go-to meal on the move is to buy some bread and dunk it in houmous – both of which you can find in most convenience stores.

Junk food veganism – by Ben Martin

There’s little doubt that a plant-based diet is good for you. A high intake of fruit and vegetables, coupled with low cholesterol and saturated fat, mean it’s little wonder that vegans tend to have less heart disease, diabetes and strokes. But all that healthy stuff means you can indulge in a little treat every now and then. There’s a growing range of vegan junk food available – there’s even a day dedicated to it – so here’s a quick rundown of just some of your options…

group-shot-largeChocolate and Sweets

Obviously milk chocolate is out, but plenty of dark chocolate is fine. You will still need to look out for things like whey and butter fat, so check labels, but brands like Bournville and Beech’s are usually safe. If you prefer something a little creamier, there’s a growing number of milk-style chocolates that are suitable for vegans. Look out for Moo Free, Organica, Choices and Vego, amongst others.

What about if you’re after something a little more interesting? Well, US-based company Go Max Go now produce a selection of chocolate bars that imitate well-known favourites like Mars, Snickers and Reese’s Cups. You can get vegan fudge from the Fabulous Freefrom Factory, and Goody Good Stuff offer a selection of chewy sweets for those looking for an alternative to gelatine-filled Haribo. You can find some of these, plus other treats, on the Animal Aid online shop.

Biscuits and Cakes

Vegan biscuits are surprisingly easy to find. In most cases rich tea, ginger nuts and bourbons will be fine, and some leading brands are also vegan-friendly, including Oreos, Hobnobs, Lotus and Jammie Dodgers. However, there are a few exceptions, so check the labels, keeping a particular eye out for whey, milk powder and other dairy products.

Ms CupcakeCakes, on the other hand, are much more tricky to find. One place you’ll be in luck, however, is at the Co-op where their jam and custard donuts are suitable for vegans – yes, really. There are also a few specialist companies that make vegan cakes dotted around the country, including Fairfoods in Devon, Ms Cupcake in London and the Vegan Cakery in Leicestershire. But perhaps the best option is to make some yourself.

Crisps

Crisps are still a bit of a minefield when it comes to veganism – there are plenty of options out there, but some that you’d think were vegan are not, and some with meaty flavours are fine! Fortunately we have the info you need.

ten_acre_crispsFirst up, avoid Golden Wonder, as pretty much everything they make contains animal products. Walkers are a safer bet, as their ready salted, salt & vinegar, Worcester sauce and prawn cocktail ones are all fine. McCoy’s also have several flavours that are vegan-friendly, including sizzling BBQ chicken, chargrilled steak & Peri Peri, as well as salt & vinegar, and sea salt & black pepper. Both Pringles and Kettle Chips have started labelling which of their products is safe for vegans, so simply check the packs. However, your best bet is to go with Ten Acre Crisps, whose entire range is vegan – even the cheese and onion!