Sweet, savory and delicious, the afterschool snack can be a lot of things. But did you ever consider a vegan treat? ABC7 has some ideas for you as we continue our special coverage of Back to School Week.
There's more to afterschool snacks than a bowl of cereal or a bag of chips - especially when you're trying to keep things vegan. For those who aren't familiar with veganism, it means no dairy, no meat, no eggs and no animal products of any kind.
"We see so many new faces in our shop daily, and most are not following a vegan diet exclusively," explained Doron Petersan, owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats. "With people like Bill Clinton and Mike Tyson eating their veggies, it's not as scary of a word or an option as it used to be."
Sticky Fingers is a vegan bakery and eatery located in Northwest D.C. They specialize in treats like the Bunny Huggers Carrot Cake or the TLT (tempeh bacon, lettuce and tomato). Petersan is also somewhat of a local celebrity. She's appeared on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars three times, taking home a winning title twice. So what better person to call on during our search for delicious afterschool snacks - vegan style!
"You can't survive on dessert alone, and here at Sticky Fingers the staff certainly sticks to that rule since we are wooed by our sweets all day long," noted Petersan. "You have to fight the urge and be sure you fuel your body with healthy options first and foremost. "
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Let's face it; most kids go right for the cookie jar after school. And there are plenty of sweet vegan options these days. Cookies, cupcakes, cereals - animal-free products can be found in all sorts of aisles at the grocery store.
"There is nothing like treating yourself to an indulgent dessert after a long, busy day," says Petersan. "But sharing is always a great way to make friends while cutting calories."
Some perks to choosing vegan snacks:
They're usually lower in saturated fat than traditional snacks foods.
Vegan foods are cholesterol-free because they contain no animal products.
If you choose properly, it's an easy way to incorporate fresh, whole foods into your diet.
If you're looking for a sweet vegan afterschool treat, check out Sticky Fingers' Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. It's from Petersan's book, Sticky Fingers' Sweets.