12 Flavorful, Crunchy Veggie Snacks Dietitians Love to Up Your Fiber Intake
You’ve probably heard countless times from your mom, your doctor, or strangers on the internet that you need to eat more vegetables. It’s probably true.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends getting at least two to four cups of vegetables per day, but so many of us fall short. A 2022 report by the CDC found that only one in 10 US adults are getting enough vegetables.
The real talk is that upping your produce consumption can be hard. Fresh vegetables can often spoil quickly, be pricey, and – in some cases – not be available at all. But eating vegetables is important for your health, says Samantha Presicci, LD, CPT, registered dietitian at FOND Bone Broth. “They’re rich in fiber, which is satiating and supports good gut health, and they’re a . . . more nutrient-dense option compared to most packaged snacks on the market,” Presicci says.
If you’re looking to load up on vegetables in the easiest way possible, the answer might lie in snacks. “Especially when paired with a healthy fat, veggie snacks are an awesome way to stay full and satisfied until your next meal,” Presicci says.
Stocking your pantry or fridge with veggie snacks can help you remember to reach for those instead of less-nutritious options when hunger strikes. And pairing veggies with other foods you already love can help you enjoy them even more (getting enough vegetables does not need to mean miserably chewing on raw kale).
If you’re bored of munching on plain baby carrots, keep reading for tons of filling, nutritious veggie snack options from dietitians to help you get more of the good stuff. Many also happen to be vegetarian snack options, vegan snack options, and completely customizable to your personal tastes.
– Additional reporting by Maggie Ryan