I think we all agree that every single one loves snacks. We love to consume snacks while doing our jobs and other daily activities. Unfortunately, snacks available in the market are mostly unhealthy. They contain too much salt and artificial flavors. So, for you who want to start a healthier lifestyle, you should replace those unhealthy snacks with healthier ones. For example, healthy veggie snacks. Snacks made from vegetables are low in calories so that they are healthier. However, turning vegetables into delicious and healthy snacks needs creativity.
Follow these inspirations below to cook healthy and tasty vegetables snacks:
1. Kale Chips
One of the healthy vegetables that is full of nutrients is Kale. So, do not miss consuming this veggie to support your healthy lifestyle. You can make Kale chips as your healthy snack by roasting Kale and mix it with some spices. This healthy snack contains around 33 calories. Besides, it contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. Interested to try Kale chips?
2. Spinach Chips
Besides Kale, spinach is also delicious to be made as chips. To make spinach chips, you need to mix spinach with minced garlic and flavored flour dough. Then, fry it with olive oil or soya oil. Spinach is high in iron. Moreover, this healthy vegetable also contains vitamins and minerals that are good for eyes and preventing cancer.
3. Carrot Chips
The next healthy vegetable snack is carrot chips. As you already know, carrots are good to keep the health of the eyes. It is because this vegetable is rich in Vitamin A. To make this healthy snack, you need to use a food dehydrator. So, dehydrate the carrots in the machine first in order to get rid of the water content. After that, season the dehydrated carrots with garlic, red onion, salt, sugar, and coriander.
4. Cauliflowers with Spicy Sauce
This one of healthy veggie snacks is tasty, sugar-free, and ideal for vegetarians. The ingredients you need are medium-sized cauliflowers and a teaspoon of pepper and salt. For the spicy sauce, mix 6 spoons to 8 spoons of Sriracha sauce, 2 spoons to 4 spoons of avocado oil, and 1,5 spoons of vinegar. First, wash the cauliflower and get rid of the stem. Slice the cauliflowers to small pieces. Heat the oven to 230ºC. Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then, spread the spicy sauce to the cauliflowers. Bake for 20 minutes. If you want it to be crispier, you can bake it for 5 minutes to 10 minutes more. Last, serve it while it is still warm. You can add avocado dressing if you want to.
5. Vegetable Sushi Roll
If you love sushi so much, you can make vegetable sushi rolls for your healthy snack. Sushi is usually filled with salmon, dori, eels, and vegetables. However, you can make it healthier by using full vegetables. Make a sushi roll that is filled with steamed carrots, spinach, and cucumbers. You can also add avocados as the additional fat.
6. Vegetable Vietnamese Roll
Vegetable Vietnamese rolls are a healthy snack to add fibers that are good for your body. Vietnamese rolls in Vietnam is more known as Goi Cuon. This roll is healthy because it is filled with various vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, celery, and rice noodles. If you want to add a savory flavor, you can add shrimps.
7. Vegetable Tempura
When it comes to snacks, most people love fried snacks, such as tempura. Vegetable tempura can be a healthier alternative for you who want to live a healthier lifestyle. You can make this fried snack by using mushrooms, beans, or broccoli. It will be better if you fry vegetable tempura with olive oil or soya oil instead of cooking oil. Moreover, do not fry it for too long because it can damage the nutrients contained in vegetables.
8. Vegetable Popsicles
Who does not love popsicles? Popsicles are refreshing to consume, especially during the summer. However, this cooling ice cream is not really healthy because it contains high sugar. So, you can have the healthier one by making vegetable popsicles. Just like making smoothies, you need to blend various vegetables you want with a blender. Blend them until smooth. Then, pour it into popsicle molds. Do not forget to add the ice cream stick. Then, put them in a freezer. After hours, you can enjoy your healthy vegetable popsicles.
9. Crispy Mushrooms
This healthy snack is already popular. You can even find this menu in almost every restaurant and coffee shop. Oyster mushrooms are mostly used to make this healthy snack. However, you can use other kinds of mushrooms, such as Enoki mushrooms. Crispy mushrooms are easy to make. You just need to dip the oyster mushrooms to flavored flour dough, then coat it with dry flour. After that, fry the mushrooms until they turn brown. Serve it with your favorite sauce.
10. Roasted Mushrooms with Buttery Spices
Mushrooms are one of the vegetables that are easy to cook. Besides crispy mushrooms, you can also make roasted mushrooms with buttery spices. This menu is healthy, tasty, and nutritious. The ingredients you need are ¼ cup of melted unsalted butter, 4 cloves of garlic, a spoon of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary, 1 ½ kg Cremini mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Heat the oven at 190ºC. Mix melted unsalted butter, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and dried rosemary in a bowl. Place the Cremini mushrooms on the baking sheet and spread the butter mixture on the mushrooms. Bake the mushrooms for around 15 minutes. Make sure it is already brown. Then, serve while it is warm.
11. Cheesy Spinach Cake
For you who love cakes, try to make cheesy spinach cake for your healthy snack. The ingredients you need are 100 grams of spinach, 250 grams of eggs, 250 grams of butter, 200 grams of sugar, 100 ml of soya milk, 200 grams of moderate protein flour, a pinch of baking powder, and grated Cheddar cheese. First, steam the spinach and let it cool. Once it is cool, blend it with soya milk. Mix flour with baking powder, put aside. Then, mix butter with sugar until it turns white. After that, add eggs one by one. Then, add the spinach and soya milk mixture, mix evenly. Pour into the baking sheet that has been spread with butter. Sprinkle the mixture of flour and baking powder.
Bake the cake in the oven until it turns to pale green. Grate Cheddar cheese on top of the cake as the topping.
12. Cheesy Sweet Potato
The combination of sweet potato and savory cheese makes this snack taste special and delicious. The ingredients you need to make it are 4 sweet potatoes, olive oil, 3 spoons of melted butter, 4 cloves of garlic, a spoon of minced celery, 2 spoons of Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Heat the oven at the highest temperature. Cut the sweet potatoes to 2 pieces to 4 pieces. Then, boil the sweet potatoes in a pot of salt water for around 25 minutes. Drain it well. Then, roast sweet potatoes for around 30 minutes. Leave it for 5 minutes. Prepare a baking sheet and spread with olive oil. Place sweet potatoes on the bake sheet.
Mix melted butter, celeries, and minced garlic in a bowl. Spread the mixture on sweet potatoes. Sprinkle enough salt and pepper and spray olive oil. Bake the sweet potatoes for around 15 minutes or until it turns brown. Once it is cooked, grate Parmesan cheese on top of it. Serve while it is still warm.
13. Puff Pastry Carrot with Mustard Sauce
Carrots are also delicious to enjoy with mustard sauce. The ingredients you need to make puff pastry carrot are 1 ½ bowls of fresh peeled carrots, a spoon of coconut oil, a pack of puff pastry, salt, pepper, clove powder, and mustard sauce. Heat the oven at 170ºC. Boil carrots until they are soft, drain, and leave it for 5 minutes. Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Put carrots and mix with salt, pepper, and clove powder. Stir for around 5 minutes until it turns brown. Make sure the seasoning seep into carrots.
Cut puff pastry into half. Put carrots above the puff pastry, then roll it. After that, bake the puff pastry carrot for 15 minutes to 20 minutes. Then, serve it with mustard sauce.
14. Carrot Cake
Another healthy snack for cake lovers. To make a carrot cake, you need 2 grated carrots, 3 eggs, 100 grams of grated cheese, 100 ml of full cream milk, a sachet of plain jelly, 5 sachet of sugar, 2 drops of vanili extract, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, 100 ml of oil. First, mix all of the ingredients evenly. Then, pour the dough into a baking sheet that has been spread with oil. After that, steam or bake the cake for around 20 minutes to 25 minutes. Once it is cooked, serve while it is still warm.
15. Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflowers are also delicious when they are roasted. It is easy to make this one of the healthy veggie snacks. Moreover, you do not need a lot of ingredients too. What you need are cauliflowers, 100 grams of bread crumb, 3 eggs, and salt. First, cleanly wash the cauliflowers. Put aside. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add salt. After that, put the cauliflowers into the whisked eggs and roll it in bread crumbs. Do this step twice. Then, place in a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 180ºC for 15 minutes. Last, serve it while it is warm. You can eat it with mayonnaise or your favorite sauce.
16. Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
The ingredients you need to make parmesan roasted broccoli are 4 cups of broccoli, 3 spoons of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of oregano, 3 spoons of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 spoon of fresh minced parsley, a spoon of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Heat the oven up to 450ºC. Coat the sheet pan with a cooking spray. Put broccoli in a zipped lock then olive oil, Oregano, salt, and pepper. Close the zipped lock and shake it well. Pour the seasoned broccoli in the sheet pan and bake it for 20 minutes. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese once it is cooked.
17. Bean Sticks
The ingredients you need are fresh beans, a cup of flour, a spoon of cornstarch, a pinch of salt, pepper, and baking powder, and water. Mix flour, seasonings, and cornstarch in a bowl, put aside. For the wet dough, mix 3 spoons of flour with water. Cleanly wash the beans. Put it into the wet dough, then dry dough. After that, fry it until it turns brownish. Then, serve it while it is warm.
18. Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Peppers are sweet vegetables that have a lot of nutrients and vitamins. To enjoy peppers, you can make broccoli and cheese stuffed peppers. The savory flavor from cheese and sweetness from peppers will be deliciously combined. You can use yellow bell peppers or red bell peppers. It’s up to your favorite. You can also opt for Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, or Mozzarella cheese. All you need to do is stuff the peppers with cheese and bake it with seasoned broccoli for 15 minutes to 20 minutes. Bake it in the oven at 400ºC.
19. Vegetable Nuggets
It is fair to say that everyone loves nuggets. But this frozen food is not really healthy. So, you can make vegetable nuggets as your healthy snack. You can use your favorite vegetables, such as carrots, corn, broccoli, and others. Mix the vegetables with minced chicken and flour. Then, fry it. Serve it with your favorite sauce.
20. Vegetable Dimsum
Dimsum is usually made from chicken, shrimps, beef, or pork. But you can make a healthy dimsum by using vegetables. Such as spinach, carrot, Kale, and more. You can add seasonings such as salt and pepper. Mix vegetables with eggs and flour. Then steam it by using molds.