Snacks are a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. I mean, if you feel like snacking, you may as well munch on something healthy. 😉 Most vegetable snacks are simple and fast to prepare and can be an easy hack to sneak in a few servings of veggies.
Thus, in this post, you'll learn about the benefits of eating vegetable snacks, find out how to make consuming veggies as a snack a habit, and discover some fantastic recipes.
How vegetable snacks benefit your health
- Snacking is a delicious and fun way to increase your vegetable intake. If you have a hard time eating vegetables, incorporating them as a snack may be a great strategy to up your consumption.
- Vegetable snacks replace those unhealthy snacks that you may otherwise eat. While veggies bring along health-promoting nutrients, candy, chips, and other typical snacks tend to be low in nutrients and high in sugar, fat, calories, and salt.
- By snacking veggies, you not only fill your tummy, but you also nourish your body. Vegetables tend to be rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, and phytochemicals. Moreover, they don’t contain any cholesterol, and most do not have any saturated fats. Therefore, snacking on veggies, along with a healthy diet, can increase overall well-being and health while reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
- Among others, due to the high fiber content, vegetable snacks keep you full longer. So, unlike many unhealthy snacks that may give you temporary satisfaction but leave you hungry soon after, veggie snacks provide you with lasting energy.
- By snacking on vegetables, you avoid the oh-so-common sugar crash that occurs after snacking on something unhealthy. Instead of getting a short burst in energy, but feeling low soon after, you’ll feel energized for hours and probably generally snack less.
- Vegetable snacks help you achieve/maintain a healthy weight because veggies tend to be low in calories and fat while promoting satiety. Unhealthy snacking habits often stand in the way of a healthy weight because snacks make it so easy to consume large amounts of calories and fat without noticing it.
How to make snacking on vegetables a habit
- Remove the temptations of unhealthy snacks by donating/giving away the ones you have in your home and making a commitment not to buy new ones.
- Find vegetable snack recipes you actually enjoy. Healthy eating should be a pleasurable experience, not something you have to force yourself to do.
- Always eat before you go grocery shopping to avoid impulse buys.
- When you are out and about, take a healthy snack with you in case you get hungry.
- “Meal prep” some vegetable snacks for those days when you really don’t feel like preparing one or are short on time.
- Eat regular meals to avoid cravings and reduce the desire to snack overall.
- Snack mindfully and avoid multitasking.
- If you are about to stress-eat, go for a brisk 15-minute walk instead or try a short 10-minute meditation.
Delicious vegetable snacks recipe ideas
- A popular snack is dipping vegetable sticks (such as cucumber, bell pepper, carrots) in hummus.
- Celery sticks filled with peanut butter or hummus are also a delicious option. You could also add some raisins on top (aka ants on the log)
- You could make homemade vegetable chips (such as kale, beets, sweet potatoes ).
- Moreover, these Baked Cucumber Chips with Salt & Vinegar Flavor are AMAZING and definitely work trying out.
- Further, you could have tortilla chips with homemade salsa or guacamole and sneak in some veggies in this way.
- Speaking of guac, try dipping sliced radishes into homemade guacamole. So good!
- Eat some whole-wheat crackers topped with hummus and arugula or dip them into this tasty Vegan White Bean Artichoke Dip.
- A super healthy snack that’s so good you won’t believe its healthy is dipping fresh cauliflower florets into a tahini lemon dip.
- Snacking healthy does not mean you can’t have ice cream. You could try this Green Smoothie Nice Cream, these Healthy Veggie Popsicles or these Green Frog Pops .
- Moreover, this delicious applesauce doesn’t just look gorgeous in pink; it also hides a few servings of veggies!
If you are looking for more easy strategies to increase your veggie intake, continue reading here.
What is your go-to healthy snack?