When that 3 p.m. snack craving hits, it's tempting to turn to the office vending machine for chips or head to the nearest coffee shop for a cookie, but more often than not we still crash an hour later.
The good news is that there are plenty of snacks that will satisfy your cravings and add a serving of vegetables to your day. Here are 15 of our favorite veggie-based snacks — from the new classic of roasted chickpeas to the standby of kale chips — to make you feel good about your afternoon munchies.
We never said you had to give up chips completely — just swap those bagged salt and vinegar kettle-cooked chips for these perfectly crispy kale chips.
Think of this like the lighter version of guacamole and chips. Add a bit of agave nectar and lime juice, and top with shredded coconut for a decidedly tropical snack.
The cooling cucumber chunks provide the perfect foil to the spicy, fermented kimchi. Use your favorite store-bought kimchi or homemade.
In the era of fancy toast, we'll gladly enjoy a veggie-filled version for an afternoon snack. Change up your hummus flavor and veggies seasonally, and the combinations are nearly endless.
Think cucumber is boring? Think again. These cucumber sticks garnished with chopped red onion, chili powder, and chaat masala will have you changing your tune.
Vegetarian jerky is no longer off-limits, thanks to this eggplant version. The dehydrated slices can be flavored any way you please, and will stay fresh for up to a month in a sealed container. (That is, if they last that long.)
Edamame is actually the perfect afternoon snack. It is so versatile: You can make a salt and vinegar version, one with garlic and Parmesan, or a smoked salt and sugar version, among others.
If you like chips, popcorn, and salty snacks, this is the recipe to try. Once you get the texture just right and find your favorite seasoning combination, we predict this will become your go-to movie snack.
Rice vinegar, wakame seaweed, and sesame seeds give these pickles a bold Japanese flair. They make a great sushi appetizer or afternoon snack.
Avocado fries? Yeah, we went there. The perfect mix of crispy outside and creamy inside makes for a delightfully indulgent snack.
Secretly, these might be more Parmesan than asparagus, but we'll give them a pass since they are so easy to make. Just add some shredded asparagus (use your food processor) to grated Parmesan and bake.
We like to snack on radishes on their own, but that can be a pretty spicy snack. This version, coated with brown butter and tahini, tempers the natural heat a bit and makes them easier to munch.
Okay, these are bit more decadent than healthy, thanks to the salami and chunks of Parmesan. But served in tangy, spicy Peppadew peppers, they're just the right combo for the afternoon slump.
Nori, the sheets of seaweed used to wrap sushi, can be pretty crunchy to begin with, but these strips get a coating of wasabi dressing and then go into the oven for about 10 minutes. Just try not to eat them all in one sitting.
Avocados aren't the only unexpected veggie that we like to turn into fries. Asparagus spears make great "fries" as well — especially when paired with a lemony hollandaise sauce.