We all know we’re supposed to get five servings or more of vegetables all day, but it can be tough to sneak all those veggies in. Most of us don’t want to nosh on an endless supply of baby carrots all day, and there’s only so much salad we can take. Instead, it’s a good idea to have a few veggie snacks on hand that make eating your daily dose of vegetables a little more appealing. And, National Eat Your Vegetables Day is here as a reminder to eat those veggies! All it takes is some creativity to sneak those veggies in without even feeling like you’re eating vegetables.
How to Create Veggie Snacks That Taste Great & Kids Will Eat
It can be challenging to eat the recommended servings each day, even for those who love vegetables. Plus, it’s pretty tough to ignore a craving for a bag of potato chips and dip and opt for a salad instead. And, it is even more difficult to get your kids to eat veggies simply by asking. However, it doesn’t have to be so black and white. But, there are some great ways to get your kids to eat their veggies by mixing it up. Luckily, there are tons of swaps you can make that turn your family’s favorite treats into veggie-packed snacks without sacrificing the flavor.
What about a creamy dip that’s packed with spinach and artichokes and a bowl of whole-grain tortilla chips? You’ll get your fix for a creamy dip, plus you’ll get in two servings of veggies and some whole grains! That’s a lot better than empty carbs like potato chips.
How about family pizza night? Bring some fun to dinner time by making the pizza together and letting the kids pick the pizza toppings (of which will mainly consist of veggies)!
Do you and your kids always crave some gooey mac and cheese? Whip up some cauliflower cheddar bites and mix into the mac and cheese. With just three ingredients and a few minutes in the oven, these little bites are cheesy, crispy, and a perfect alternative to the less-than-wholesome mac and cheese.
Sometimes, all it takes to liven up some veggies is some spices and flavorings. Take for instance, the cowboy caviar recipe listed below. A simple dressing made with olive oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper turns a bowl of veggies into an enticing dip.
Veggies also make a great addition to baked goods. Sneak some zucchini into chocolate chip muffins and you’ll get in a dose of veggies while enjoying a sweet treat. The truth is, it isn’t complicated to make veggies more enticing or get in your daily five servings. It just takes a little creativity and some planning ahead. And, by not focusing on eating veggies, your family won’t even know they are eating more vegetables!
Top 10 Great-Tasting Veggie Snacks
If sitting and eating an entire bowl of steamed broccoli sounds less than appealing, you’re in luck. We’ve come up with ten veggie snacks that help you reach your daily goals while actually tasting amazing. And the best part, these veggie snacks look like the stuff kids love. From muffins to fries to popsicles, some great ways to introduce veggie snacks that your kids (and you) will love.
With an assortment of fresh veggies and fruit, and a platter of fruit hand-dipped in gourmet chocolate, this bundle includes everything you need for wholesome and delicious snacks. The best part is you don’t even need to leave your house to pick it up.
This bundle is packed with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and may include favorites such as carrots, peppers, and potatoes. There’s nothing like a farm-fresh veggie to fill you up in between meals.
Deliciously rich, creamy, and cheesy, this artichoke dip is packed with spinach and artichokes. This recipe is baked in the oven and is easy to make.
This fresh, simple dip is packed with veggies, including tomatoes, avocados, red onion, black eyed peas, sweet corn, bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers. It’s the perfect snack or party appetizer when served with tortilla chips.
Made with thinly sliced zucchini topped in breadcrumbs, these baked zucchini fries are delicious and more nutritious than those made with potatoes. They’re baked in the oven and crisped up until golden.
These delectable popsicles are made with limes, pineapple, banana, coconut milk, and spinach. They’re creamy, tart, and packed with wholesome veggies.
These moist, fluffy muffins are made with nutrient-rich and wholesome ingredients. With whole grains, zucchini, and natural sweetness, they are scrumptious enough to taste like a treat but hearty enough to satisfy.
These tasty bites are made with just three main ingredients to create the perfect snack. Baked in the oven for just a few minutes, they turn delightfully crispy, cheesy, wholesome, and simply delicious.
These veggie-packed pizza rolls are a perfect way to sneak in some veggies for the little ones — or anyone in the family. They’re a snap to make with frozen veggies, puff pastry, pizza sauce, and cheddar cheese.
With shredded carrot, medjool dates, raw walnuts, and coconut flour, these tiny bites take just 30 minutes to make. They’re also artificial sugar free, grain-free, and flavored with ginger and cinnamon spices!
These veggie snacks will help you reach your daily goal of five servings of vegetables or more. Even better, they all taste great, so you won’t even feel like you’re eating veggies!