I’m always on the hunt for new snack ideas. Fresh vegetables are a tried-and-true mainstay in my snack game, but fresh vegetables aren’t always available, and sometimes they don’t travel well.
There are lots of veggie-based snacks at the store, but many fall into a category that’s a pet peeve of mine, where they’re labeled as a veggie-based snack, but the veggies are added to a carb-heavy base, like potatoes, wheat, or corn. (Many veggie chips, for example, fall into this category.)
But I’ve found a few snacks that involve whole, minimally-processed vegetables, and they taste great, too! Well… two of these feature vegetables, and one features chickpeas, which are technically a legume, but I’d rather eat whole beans than heavily processed chips.
So, without further ado, here’s 3WAYS2 Add More Veggies Into Your Snack Rotation!
1. Oh, Snap! picked vegetables. I love pickles, and when I saw these at Target, I couldn’t resist. Since cucumber pickles are everywhere, I gravitated towards the non-cucumber Oh, Snap! flavors. They sell “carrot cuties…”
…and “cool beans” (pickled green beans):
The great thing about the packaging is that the pouches don’t have any brine in them, so they’re easy to eat, with no mess. Just the veggies, nothing else. Both the carrots and green beans have the satisfying snap of a pickle, and great flavor.
An entire pouch of the carrots (2.5 ounces) is about 38 calories, while the beans have about 30 calories. The biggest downside is the sodium (which is the downside with all pickles). One pouch has about 700mg, or a little more than 1/3rd of your recommended sodium for the day. (They say a 2.5-ounce package has 2.5 servings, just FYI.) Even so, I’ll be looking for these next time I’m at Target!
Can’t find Oh, Snap! products? Try making your own pickled vegetables!
2. The Good Bean roasted chickpeas. Roasted chickpeas are fantastic. I’ve been making them at home lately. And here’s a great option for when I don’t have the time to make them myself.
I found these “crispy crunchy chickpeas” by The Good Bean at a 7-11 near my house. Their website says they have seven flavors, but I only saw two in the store, and the Smoky Chili & Lime caught my eye. They’re well-named, and well-seasoned! I gotta start spritzing my homemade roasted chickpeas with lime – what a great idea!
If you’ve never had a roasted chickpea, you’re missing out. They have a great crunch, and you can flavor them so many different ways. This bag has 120 calories per serving, with 5 grams protein and 18 grams carbs (most of which is fiber).
Also check out my recipe for roasted black eyed peas!
3. Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Broccoli. This one is pretty straightforward. It’s fried broccoli florets. There’s only three ingredients: broccoli, palm oil, and salt. And they’re oh so good.
Very light, very simple, very tasty, and with all the nutritional benefits of broccoli (good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, iron). Broccoli is one of the best vegetable sources of protein, too – one serving of this snack has 7 grams.
The downside, though, is that this product is high in fat – 15 grams per serving, 6 of which are saturated. The fat helps push the calorie count up – this is the highest-calorie snack in this post, with 220 calories per serving (and the serving is the entire pouch). Calorie-wise, this is about on-par with potato chips, but I would still say the broccoli is a better choice, as broccoli is so much better for you than potatoes. While this one might not be the best choice for a daily treat, it’s a still a fantastic way to up your veggie intake!
Do you have favorite veggie-based snacks you could recommend? Share them in the comments section!
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