6 Healthy Snack Recipes Using Vegetables to Make Amazing Treats
Making sure you’re eating enough veggies is easier than you think. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that adult men and women eat between two and three cups of vegetables each day. A great way to get closer to your recommended serving amount is by sneaking vegetables into your daily snacks. Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack to send to school with your kids or want a nutritious pick-me-up to eat at the office, these six vegetable-packed recipes contain carrots, spinach, peas, radishes, corn, and peppers. Thanks to Kiwi-Spinach Fruit Leathers and No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites, eating your vegetables has never tasted so good.
Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips
Vegetable-packed snacks don’t have to be savory. If you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth, these baked Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips are guaranteed to curb your cravings. Pinch of Yum says that the “cinnamon sugar acts like magic with radishes.” The end result? A superb snack that tastes spicy, earthy, warm, slightly butter, and wonderfully sweet.
In addition to their great flavor, these chips are also packed with healthy benefits. Full Circle notes that radishes help your body properly digest food, eliminate toxins and cancer-causing free radicals in the body, and keep you hydrated. Radishes contain vitamin C, phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which can protect you from viral infections and cancer. We suggest whipping this snack up for your next family game night; it’s a great substitute for unhealthy chips!
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No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites
These nutritious no-bake granola bites are filled with rich carrot cake flavors, but without all of the unwanted calories, fat, and sugar. Cookin’ Canuck explains that these “bites are in the style of no-bake cookies, but with a lot less sugar than a traditional version. I used almond butter to hold the oats together and added a sprinkling of flax seed for a dose of omega-3s.”
You’ll love how unbelievably easy it is to make this gluten-free snack: mix your ingredients together, roll the mixture into bite-size balls, and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Each time you munch on one of these marvelous treats, you’ll be absorbing several key nutrients. Web MD notes that carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A; in fact, a medium-size carrot provides you with more than 200% of your daily requirement. Care 2 adds that carrots also contain several carotenoids, including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lutein, which can slow down aging and protect you from heart disease.
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Healthy Cauliflower Popcorn
If you’re looking for a great snack to serve in place of popcorn, then Healthy Cauliflower Popcorn is perfect for you. The recipe requires you to coat your cauliflower with coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt and then roast them, creating an oh-so-sweet treat you’ll look forward to eating all day. Eating Bird Food notes that “it’s healthy, absolutely delicious and as it would turn out, just as addictive as regular kettle corn.”
Cauliflower is a great vegetable to eat on a regular basis. Men’s Fitness states that it is full of potassium and vitamin C, an antioxidant that boost your immunity and protects against cancer. Additionally, cauliflower is rich in boron, a mineral that aids in muscle growth. We suggest making a double batch when you prepare this snack; it’s guaranteed to go quickly!
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Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Trail Mix
Rather than munching on trail mix that only contains nuts and fruits, Sparks Recipes suggests adding wasabi peas to the mix, thus creating “a sweet and spicy healthy snack to eat on the go.” Raisins, craisins, wasabi peas, almonds, and walnuts are all you need to make this nutritious snack, which will provide you with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and manganese.
Livestrong states that one ounce of wasabi peas, which are dehydrated peas that have been seasoned, has 6 grams of protein, which is 13% of the recommended daily amount for women and 11% of men’s recommended daily amount. One ounce will also provide you with 4 grams of dietary fiber, which can reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Wasabi peas are also a good source of iron, a mineral that plays a role in the formation of red blood cells. Plus, they’ll transform plain trail mix into a snack that’s bursting with bold flavors.
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100-Calorie Cheese, Vegetable, and Egg Muffins
Soft, chewy, and filling, 100-Calorie Cheese, Vegetable, and Egg Muffins are a great snack to enjoy any time of the day. Averie Cooks notes that “the vegetables add texture, and I like the surprise of biting into a juicy pea or a crispy pepper piece, and adding vegetables adds fiber so you feel fuller longer. Use the recipe as a way to clean out your produce drawer by taking advantage of what you have on hand and mixing and matching.”
There’s no shortage of vegetables in this snack! The recipe calls for carrots, bell peppers, peas, corn, and any other produce you’d like to throw into the mix. We suggest making your muffins in advance; you can store them in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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Kiwi-Spinach Fruit Leather
You and your little ones will love Kiwi-Spinach Fruit Leathers, which consist of kiwi, spinach, banana, honey, and lemon juice. To make this recipe, you’ll blend all of the ingredients in a food processor, and then pour the purée in an even layer on a baking sheet.
One Hungry Mama explains that making fruit leather “is super easy, but the results can vary a whole bunch depending on the type of fruit, the thickness of your puree, how evenly you spread the puree, and how hot your oven gets. If one batch doesn’t come out exactly as you want, don’t give up!” You’ll know your fruit leather is done when it’s firm and no longer feels sticky.
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