I’m just getting into my third trimester and the pregnancy hunger is really starting to hit full force. I go from my normal, nice(ish) self to snappy, headachey, and ready to eat your freaking face in a matter of about 5 seconds. And without any warning (my poor husband).
So what do you eat when you and your growing babe are suddenly famished?? Protein, of course! But where do you get your protein if you’re vegan? It’s actually really easy! Here are some quick and easy snacks that pack a punch of protein to keep you and baby satisfied and growing strong.
This recipe is from This Grandma is Fun. Chickpeas are loaded with protein (39 grams in a cup!). With just a little olive oil and seasonings, you can munch on these all day without a second thought!
White Bean and Artichoke Basil Toasts
From A Pinch of Yum. I’m a total sucker for anything with spinach and artichoke. This recipe also calls for fresh basil, which happens to be growing in my garden right now. Yummmm!
Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding
From Running on Real Food
Super easy, super healthy, super delicious.
Black Bean Chocolate Protein Balls
From Emilie Eats. These protein balls have beans AND almond (or peanut) butter, so they are jam packed with protein! Eat up!
Four Ingredient Flourless Brownies
From The Big Man’s World. These brownies are vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cups
From She Likes Food. There are six different variations on this recipes, so you won’t get bored. I’m planning on making a whole bunch of them and stashing them in the freezer so I have snacks for me and the little man when baby girl gets here.
High Protein Black Bean and Lime Dip
From Hurry the Food Up. This dip is super quick to make (like, 10 minutes or less) and is deliciously good for you.
Protein Breakfast Bars
From Wallflower Kitchen. Breakfast bars aren’t just for breakfast, guys. Grab one of these any time you’re feeling a little hangry.
Salted Lime Popcorn
From My Sequined Life. Life a margarita but crunchy and you can have it while you’re preggers.
Salt and Vinegar Roasted Edamame
From Emilie Eats. Because I’d be lying if I said that I don’t drool over salt and vinegar potato chips, and these satisfy that craving and are 1000xs better for you.
Red Lentil Granola Bars
From FANNEtastic Food. In case you were getting tired of all the black beans on this list, this recipe switches it up and uses red lentils. These granola bars are yummy and packed with amazingly healthy ingredients.
Chocolate and Black Bean Smoothie
From (Never) Homemaker. No picture, but this smoothie is easy and delicious.
Black Raspberry Chip Protein Nice Cream
From Beaming Banana. Ice Cream with protein?! Sign me up! This recipe calls for SunWarrior Protein Powder, but you could substitute with your favorite vegan protein powder. Switch up the frozen fruit to create lots of different flavors.
From the Glowing Fridge. Perfect for when you’re craving something fresh and fast.
Avocado and Banana Smoothie
From PopSugar. This smoothie contains honey, so if you’re a strict vegan you can swap it out for a little agave nectar or maple syrup, or omit it entirely.
Apple Oat Protein Muffins
Another from Running on Real Food because her stuff is delish. This little muffins are also gluten-free. I like to make a bunch and throw them in the freezer so I always have a quick snack on hand.
Avocado Toast with White Beans
From Abbey’s Kitchen. No vegan snack list would be complete without an avocado toast, right? It's so trendy right now. This one combines avocado and white beans for extra protein and is topped with delicious homemade roasted tomatoes.
Cauliflower Hashbrown Patties
From Healthier Steps. My son loves the Trader Joe’s hashbrown patties, but let’s be real - they’re basically french fries for breakfast. This recipe is a healthier, more protein-filled spin on the classic hashbrown patties.
Endurance Crackers with Hummus
From Oh She Glows. These crackers are not only vegan, they’re gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, and oil-free. Oh, and guilt-free! Serve with hummus for a protein-filled snack for you and baby.
Israeli-Style Extra-Smooth Hummus
From Serious Eats. Have you ever read the ingredients label on store bought hummus? They’re often filled with cheap oils, preservatives, and other nasties that your body doesn’t need. But hummus is a staple in our house, so what to do? Make your own! It’s cheap, fast, and reaaaaaaally easy!
From Eating Well. This dip is like hummus sprinkled with Asian flavors. So, so yummy, and so, so protein-packed. Try it with rice crackers or carrot sticks.
Avocado Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
From A Cookie Named Desire. I know, another smoothie but this one seriously tastes like a milkshake and it’s soooo healthy for you.
Baked Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
From Veggies Don’t Bite. Baby girl has been craving buffalo and ranch EVERYTHING this pregnancy. Or maybe it’s just me, but whatever…. I need all the buffalo and ranch. This recipe has the yummy buffalo flavor with none of the guilt and all of the protein. Everyone wins!
Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars
From Running with Spoons. Nice and simple granola bars. These remind me of the store bought granola bars but so much healthier. This is another recipe that you can double or triple so you have extras on hand for when you need a quick snack.
Rainbow Hummus Rolls
From Hello Nutritarian. These rolls make a perfect quick snack, or could be made into a meal by adding a side. Try it with the veggies in the original recipe or switch it up for different flavor combinations.