20 Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching

20 Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching

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When that 3 p.m. snack craving hits, it's tempting to turn to chips or 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 20 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.

1. Creamy Avocado Dip

Blend together a ripe avocado, goat cheese, and lemon juice and the result is a creamy, tangy dip that's perfect alongside raw veggies.

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2. Cowboy Caviar

This colorful mix of black-eyed peas, black beans, and crisp vegetables keeps well in the fridge for up to a week, so it's worth mixing up whenever you have time so a healthy snack is always within reach.

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3. Vegan White Bean Artichoke Dip

This hummus-like dip comes together in less than 5 minutes and works great with crackers, pita chips, or crudité.

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4. Butternut Squash and Parmesan Dip

This orange-hued dip is placed under the broiler for a few minutes so that the cheese melts and things get gooey and addictive.

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5. How To Make Quick & Easy Kale Chips

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.

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6. Raw Avocado Lime Mousse on Rice Cakes

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.

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7. Cucumber Kimchi Bites

The cooling cucumber chunks provide the perfect foil to the spicy, fermented kimchi. Use your favorite store-bought kimchi or homemade.

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8. Toast with Hummus and Veggies

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.

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9. Spiced Cucumber Sticks with Chaat Masala

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.

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10. How To Make Eggplant Jerky

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.)

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11. Five Flavorful Ways to Snack on Edamame

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.

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12. How To Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas in the Oven

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.

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13. Easy Japanese Pickled Cucumber

Rice vinegar, wakame seaweed, and sesame seeds give these pickles a bold Japanese flair. They make a great sushi appetizer or afternoon snack.

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14. How To Make Crispy Baked Avocado Fries

Avocado fries? Yeah, we went there. The perfect mix of crispy outside and creamy inside makes for a delightfully indulgent snack.

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15. Asparagus Parmesan Chips

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.

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16. Brown Butter and Tahini-Dipped Radishes

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.

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17. Stuffed Peppadews with Salami and Parmesan

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.

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18. Wasabi-Toasted Nori Chips

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.

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19. How To Make Super-Crispy, Oven-Baked Asparagus Fries

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.

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20. Smoky Beet Hummus

This colorful twist on hummus is a bit sweeter and earthier than the usual, thanks to the roasted beet that's added to the mix.

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