Vegetables to-go! How to eat more veggies

Vegetables make great snacks. Boost your vitamin intake and energy by swapping high-calorie churros and deep-fried entomatadas for crunchy veggies. When the afternoon munchies creep up, reach for one of these healthy snacks.



1. Crispy kale chips

Do you crave salty, crunchy snacks, like chips? Make a batch of kale chips to keep within arm’s reach instead. Simply wash the leafy green vegetable, pat it dry, and drizzle it with olive oil. Roast the kale in a 425-degree Fahrenheit oven for 8-10 minutes, or until it is dry and crisp. Sprinkle on sea salt and enjoy! Make a batch on the weekend to snack on throughout the week.



2. Pepper strips

If the only time you enjoy bell peppers is when you make fajitas, you’re missing out. Sweet bell peppers sliced into slender sticks are easy to tuck in a sandwich baggie and eat in the car. Create a mix of red, yellow, orange, and green bell peppers to keep the snack colorful and delicious.



3. Tomato trio

When you need a snack that won’t make your fingers messy, reach for juicy tomatoes. Miniature breeds of the fruit (that many think is a vegetable) are perfect for snacking. Buy containers of sweet grape tomatoes during your next grocery outing , low-acid yellow pear tomatoes, and plump cherry tomatoes. Wash and mix. Keep the snack in a plastic container and have a handful when you’re craving something sweet.



4. Veggie kebab

When you’re headed out the door, it’s tough to eat healthy. Why not prepare a container filled with fresh vegetable kebabs to snack on? This one-handed treat is a great way to add more vegetables to your day. Use sturdy veggies such as broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, grape tomatoes, and radishes. Drizzle a tiny bit of Italian dressing over the kebabs and keep them in a closed container in the refrigerator until you need a snack to-go.



5. Carrots and dip

It’s a great idea to keep a quick snack in the refrigerator at work. One of the longest-lasting options is baby carrots. But, if you’re tired of boring carrots dipped in ranch, try a healthy new dip. Experiment with individual serving-size cups of chickpea-based hummus or homemade avocado dip seasoned with tomatoes and onions.



6. Veggie wrap

When you need a whole meal to-go make a quick veggie wrap. In lieu of a tortilla, use a large leaf of romaine lettuce. Start by spreading a thin layer of vegetable-flavored cream cheese on the lettuce. This helps the veggies stay put in the wrap. Then pile on shredded carrots, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and radishes. Roll and go!