Vegan Snack Bento Box Recipes + FREE GIFT OFFER! Healthy Snacks on a Budget – Mind Over Munch

Vegan Snack Bento Box Recipes + FREE GIFT OFFER! Healthy Snacks on a Budget – Mind Over Munch

July 16, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hey, munchies!
Today I’m sharing some vegan snack boxes
to inspire you for the New Year!
I’m really excited because I’ve teamed
up with Thrive Market for this video.
Thrive Market is an awesome online store that
sells premium, organic
and healthy products at 25–50% off, shipped
right to your door.
I am a busy gal, so not having to make the
trip to the store is definitely a plus!
And, to be honest, they have pretty much every
healthy food I’ve ever heard of,
it is pretty nuts!
To make today especially great,
I asked Thrive Market to give YOU something
special today.
So if you use the link in the description
to sign up,
you’re going to get $60 of FREE organic
groceries AND free shipping!
I’ll share more details about this at the
end of the video!
Let’s get to the first box.
I’m starting with some cucumber, and adding
a layer of hummus
along with another cucumber slice to make
these little cucumber sammies,
adorable and delicious!
In the next compartment, I’m adding some
of the dates I got from Thrive Market.
These are certified organic medjool dates,
and are super soft, sweet, and nutrient-rich.
Thrive Market products don’t contain artificial
additives or preservatives,
which I love.
I like to pit these for easier eating, and
it’s so simple.
I just slice down the outside of the date
and pop out that pit.
Into the box they go!
I also got these awesome coconut butter squeeze
packets from Thrive Market,
which are great for on-the-go.
I LOVE coconut butter!
It’s healthy, naturally sweet, and totally
delicious,
being pureed from the flesh of the coconut
fruit.
It’s great on it’s own,
but one of my favorite ways to eat it is with
those dates that I put in the box earlier.
Drizzle that goodness right into the pitted
date and pop it!
The last component of the first box are skewered berries.
Food on toothpicks or skewers are just so
much more fun to eat!
Plus, they give this box a nice pop of color.
Box 1 is complete, with sweet and savory options,
including vegetables, fruits and all macronutrients!
On to the next box.
For this one, I start with a kiwi.
Check out this cool hack:
Cut it in half and close it back up with a
rubber band
for easy access when you’re ready to snack.
Pack it with a cute wooden spoon,
and you’ve got a nifty and fun way to enjoy
your kiwi!
In the next compartment, I add in delicious
buffalo coconut wrap pinwheels.
I used these coconut wraps, which I got from
Thrive Market.
They’re gluten-free, raw, vegan, and Paleo-friendly,
and great for savory or sweet recipes.
AND I must say they pair super well with this
buffalo mixture.
Stay tuned to the end of the bento box presentation
to see me make these buffalo pinwheels with
the founder of Thrive Market himself!
For a sweeter component, I’ve got sesame
caramel energy balls!
These use the dates I showed earlier, as well
as this Tahini from Thrive Market.
Tahini is a sesame seed butter or paste,
and a lot of people are familiar with it from
Middle Eastern cuisine,
but many don’t realize it’s GREAT in desserts
too.
Tahini provides B vitamins, vitamin E, zinc,
and protein!
It can also be one of the pricier healthy
foods,
but Thrive keeps this premium item MUCH more
affordable.
I add pitted dates, rolled oats, sunflower
seeds, tahini, vanilla paste—
you could use extract if preferred—and a
pinch of salt to the food processor
and blend until I get a sticky dough.
Then I use a small cookie scoop and roll the
mixture into little energy balls,
and coat them with sesame seeds.
Store in the fridge!
Dates and tahini seem like a weird combination,
but they oddly resemble a caramel flavor,
which pairs really nicely with the sesame
seeds.
And, makes clean treats so much easier, more
fun, and, of course, nutritious.
A super satisfying sweet snack!
I finish this box off with some carrot chips
for extra veggies and color!
I bought them at the grocery store already
cut like that,
and for some reason they are just way more
fun to eat!
Something about chips…
This box also has a great mix of nutritious
foods, colors, flavors and textures.
The last box I’m sharing is actually a low
carb AND vegan bento snack box!
I get a lot of people asking if low carb and
vegan can exist together,
and the answer is, sure!
It can be done.
I’m staring with some baked broccoli fritters.
I combine water and ground flax to make flax
egg—
this is how we’re keeping these babies vegan!
Feel free to use real eggs if you don’t
need these to be vegan,
and they’ll still be low carb with an extra
boost of protein.
Let that sit for a few minutes to thicken.
In the food processor, add broccoli florets,
chopped onion, parsley and garlic.
Pulse a few times until the mixture is crumbly
like rice.
Add that to a bowl, and mix in your flax egg,
coconut flour, cumin,
onion powder, salt and coconut oil.
Stir to combine and mix into a dough.
It will be crumbly but should still hold together
when compacted.
I used a cookie scoop and made sure it was
pressed in well
before forming it into a patty shape in my
hands,
and then transferred to a foiled pan.
Bake in the oven until crispy and cooked through!
These are great hot or cold, and I love that
I am getting my veggies in!
For fruits, I add blackberries and raspberries,
which are great lower carb options since they’re
naturally lower in sugar.
For protein, I’m making some tofu sesame
cubes!
Tofu is a great plant-based protein source
that’s also low in carbs.
I used sprouted tofu, which is also slightly
lower in carbs than traditional.
I press my tofu and then cut it into cubes.
For the marinade I’m using Braggs liquid
aminos, which I got from Thrive Market.
It’s a natural soy sauce alternative that’s
rich in amino acids.
Feel free to use soy sauce, coconut aminos,
or any other substitute you prefer in this
recipe, too.
Also, it’s cool to know that Thrive Market
has ALL of those options,
and probably pretty much has every single
ingredient we’ve used today.
It’s worth a peruse…
I combine my liquid aminos, sesame oil, sesame
seeds,
cumin and garlic powder to make the marinade.
Toss the tofu and let it sit for 30 minutes
to overnight so it can soak up that flavor.
Add to a baking sheet and bake in the oven
until golden brown.
These are also delicious hot or cold, so they’re
great for on-the go!
And perfect for simple snacking that provides
protein, dietary fat,
and is still low in carbohydrates!
The last component of the low carb box is
this 100% cacao dark chocolate,
from Thrive Market.
Chocolate generally has some milk in it, but
if it’s 100% dark it doesn’t!
It’s HIGH in fat and fiber, keeping it low
in carbohydrates,
and without the milk, it’s vegan!
I am generally NOT a dark chocolate fan,
but I was surprised that this brand actually
tasted very high quality,
and wasn’t that bitter considering it’s
so dark!
Pretty cool!
Also, I had to take a second to appreciate
the cute packaging!!
This box might be my favorite…which is yours?
Now let’s check out Thrive Market Headquarters!
Hey, guys!
We are at Thrive Market Headquarters with
the founder, Gunnar!
Hey, what’s going on?
Thank you so much for having us!
I am here today to make a Buffalo Chickpea
Pinwheel with you.
It’s going to go in one of our vegan snack
boxes,
because we are big into bentos on our channel.
The first thing I’m gonna have you do is
start mashing up some chickpeas.
I love chickpeas, so.
Do you?
Yeah.
Why don’t you tell us how Thrive Market
got started and why.
Yeah, so, you know, it comes from a really
personal place.
I grew up really poor with a single mom,
and saw how hard she worked to make healthy
choices.
It always seemed crazy to me that food with
lots of chemicals and processing
cost less than food with no chemicals or processing.
And, when my mother remarried, my step father
was running a food co-op
out of a little hippie commune and I got to
see first-hand the power of group buying
as a way to make food more affordable and
build community.
And, so, that’s really the genesis of the
business.
So, we’re gonna mix in some Buffalo sauce,
some DIY ranch seasoning.
So we’re just gonna
mix that in, and you can toss in that Buffalo sauce.
So that’s some green onion.
And we can just kinda mix that together.
Are you gonna put any olive oil?
Do you want to add some olive oil?
I mean, that’s my favorite Thrive product.
Is that your favorite Thrive product?!
Yeah.
I was actually admiring the packaging.
This is like super premium, virgin, cold-pressed,
organic olive oil,
which the price is incredible,
and it would be like 3 or 4 times as much
at a grocery store.
That’s amazing!
We’ve got our Buffalo mixture, I’m going
to use these Thrive Market coconut wraps,
which are pretty cool.
These are also amazing.
Yeah, I know!
It’s pretty cool, they’re great with savory
and sweet stuff.
These are really sturdy!
Yeah.
Which is really cool.
So, we’re just gonna kinda spread this out.
Okay, so, Gunnar, can you talk to me about
something that YOU struggle with
when it comes to a healthy lifestyle?
It could be food related, fitness related.
One of the things that we kind of connect
on in this community is
just acknowledging that being healthy is hard,
it’s not as easy as a lot of people want
to make it out to be.
I mean, just being a human being is kinda
hard.
IT IS!
Something that’s really personal is I used
to be overweight when I was a teenager,
and I think it came from…
being pretty depressed, and I think there’s
a lot of reasons why people have,
you know, bodyweight issues, emotional eating.
So, you know, that’s an area where I notice
still today if I’m stressed out,
I’m instantly trying to put something in
my mouth.
And then you beat yourself up.
Yeah, the guilt!
You beat yourself up because you know you
shouldn’t do it, but you’re still doing it.
Or, you eat something bad, and then you’re
like, ‘Well, the day is done,
I might as well continue to eat terribly.’
That’s my biggest problem.
And then you pull out 2 cartons of ice cream
and it just goes downhill from there.
Okay, so we’re just gonna take this and
roll it really, really tight.
So kind of fold over in the middle, and then
try to keep it as tight as possible.
At the end, if you fear it won’t stick,
I’ve got a little bit of hummus here,
and we can just kind of glue it up.
So we’ve got our little rolls,
and now we can cut them into pinwheels.
And then we’ve got our little pinwheels!
It’s like a chickpea sushi roll.
It is!
That’s exactly what it’s like.
So, time to taste test?
Yeah!
Let’s do it.
Mmm.
I really like that!
It’s really good!
So, Gunnar has kindly offered you all $60
of FREE groceries!
Your first three orders, you will get $20 off
on each order.
The information on how to access that is in
the description box below.
Make sure you use the link that is in the
description to get that deal.
And, also, one more thing I want to point
out,
in case you thought Thrive Market couldn’t
get any better,
is that you guys actually give back, because
with every person who signs up,
you donate a membership to a low-income family,
veteran, or teacher.
Yeah, we thought that was important.
You know, I grew up with a single mom,
we wanted to make sure if you couldn’t afford
the membership,
that we could get one to you anyway.
And then we use eco-friendly packaging on
everything,
so 100% post-consumer cycle packaging, and
we’re excited to be here.
That is awesome.
Well, I feel really lucky to be able to support
this community,
so thank you for having me here today and
hopefully we’ll see you again!
Bam.
I hope you guys enjoyed these snack boxes
and my trip to Thrive Market headquarters.
Keep in mind, that these aren’t necessarily
intended to be a snack eaten all at once,
it depends on you.
It could be for use throughout the day, maybe
you want to package them differently,
whatever, I’m just sharing them in the bento
box format like this
for fun presentation.
Thrive Market’s platform is sortable by
over 90 categories
and depending on dietary needs.
So if you’re looking for ONLY plant-based
or gluten-free recipes, or only a type of
food, it’s SUPER easy and fun to peruse.
I will see you on Thursday for a brand new
episode,
and remember, it’s all a matter of Mind
Over Munch.