10 Healthy Veggie Snack Recipes Packed With Flavor
Yummy veggie snacks
We're supposed to consume at least three servings of vegetables a day (and ideally five or more), but most of us fall short. A recent study revealed that the average American only gets one and a half. One easy way to eat more vegetables: snack on them! The following vegetable snacks will fill you up and keep you energized until your next meal.
Crispy Tamari Kale Chips
Kale might be the healthiest veggie you can eat: Just one serving provides a day's worth of immunity-boosting vitamin C, twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A (important for your eyes and immune system), and nearly seven times the recommended amount of heart-healthy vitamin K. Tamari adds a soy-sauce-like flavor with less sodium.
Ingredients: Olive oil, tamari, sherry vinegar, kale, Parmesan cheese
Try this recipe: Crispy Tamari Kale Chips
Marinated Jicama Sticks
Jicama, a root vegetable from Mexico, has crispy brown skin and juicy white flesh that tastes like a cross between a water chestnut and a pear. A serving of jicama has 6 grams of fiber for just 46 calories, making these marinated sticks an easy and low-calorie way to fill your belly between meals.
Ingredients: Jicama, lime juice, sea salt, chili powder, cilantro
Try this recipe: Marinated Jicama Sticks
Crunchy Jicama Salsa With Blue Corn Chips
Forget jarred salsas: You'll get more nutrients and richer flavor with homemade. Jicama and lime juice give the recipe a little bit of sweetness (and when have you seen a store-bought salsa that featured jicama?).
Ingredients: Jicama, red bell pepper, red onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, blue corn chips
Try this recipe: Crunchy Jicama Salsa With Blue Corn Chips
Cherry Tomato-Halloumi Skewers
Halloumi is a hard Greek cheese traditionally made from a combination of sheep's and goat's milk. Get a taste of the Mediterranean by grilling skewers with cherry tomatoes and Halloumi marinated in garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Halloumi is perfect for grilling because it resists melting.
Ingredients: Minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, olive oil, oregano, grape tomatoes, Halloumi cheese
Try this recipe: Cherry Tomato-Halloumi Skewers
Broiled Ricotta-Tomato Toasts
This healthier take on pizza features fresh cherry tomato halves and part-skim ricotta cheese on top of a slice of crusty toasted bread. Putting the toasts under the broiler brings out a flavor sensation in the tomatoes called umami, which was recently found to help people lose weight.
Ingredients: Crusty bread, part-skim ricotta, cheese, cherry tomato halves, extra-virgin olive oil, ground back pepper
Try this recipe: Broiled Ricotta-Tomato Toasts
Fresh Pea Hummus
Hummus is usually made with chickpeas and tahini, but this version uses green peas, walnuts, and lemon juice. Serve on crackers, or boost your veggie intake even more by dipping carrot sticks, red pepper slices, or sliced squash.
Ingredients: Frozen peas, chopped walnuts, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, crackers
Try this recipe: Fresh Pea Hummus
Dill Pickle Spears
Four of these pickles contain 193 milligrams of sodium, while just one pickle from a store-bought jar racks up 313 milligrams. Low in calories and full of flavor, pickles are also a good source of probiotics.
Ingredients: Water, pickling salt, pickling cucumbers, mustard seeds, dill sprigs, garlic, white vinegar, sugar, pickling spice
Try this recipe: Dill Pickle Spears
Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini Fries
French fries are technically a vegetable, but they're far from being a health food. These zucchini "fries" are another story. Slices of zucchini are coated with panko, garlic, dried basil, and a little bit of shredded Parmesan, and baked in the oven. The result: a crispy, garlicky snack you can feel good about.
Ingredients: Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, dried basil, ground red pepper, egg, zucchini, cooking spray, tomato-basil pasta sauce
Try this recipe: Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini Fries
Veggie Sticks With Avocado-Lime Dip
Dress up green beans, carrot sticks, or any other dunkable veggie of your choice with this creamy avocado-lime dip. Avocado provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fat; this recipe helps to prevent you from going overboard by mixing it with nonfat yogurt.
Ingredients: Avocado, nonfat yogurt, lime juice, mint leaves, garlic, kosher salt
Try this recipe: Veggie Sticks With Avocado-Lime Dip
If the only type of pickles you've ever had were the kind made from cucumbers, you're missing out. Pickled green beans are addictively crunchy and low-calorie to boot. Plus, pickled foods are good for your gut health. Note: these need to sit in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks before eating for the best flavor—but they're totally worth the wait.
Ingredients: White balsamic vinegar, water, salt, dill seeds, garlic, green beans, dill sprigs
Try this recipe: Dilly Beans