Office snacking
Jonathan Marshall
January 17, 2020
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21 Types of Veggie Chips To Snack On At The Office (And How To Make Them Yourself)

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21 Types of Veggie Chips To Snack On At The Office (And How To Make Them Yourself)

Jonathan Marshall
November 10, 2020
21 Types of Veggie Chips To Keep You Fuelled At Work | Hoppier

Veggie chips are some of the tastiest (& healthiest) office snacks you can crunch on!

We all know it’s not easy to get a full serving of vegetables into your diet every single day. Growing up we were told how important it was to eat our veggies, even if it was only to get to our desserts a little faster. Back then a few pieces of broccoli seemed hard enough.

But apparently adults are supposed to be getting 2-3 cups of vegetables every day, 7 days a week.

linework animation of vegetables turning into other vegetables
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Luckily, as I got older, my love for this block of the food pyramid grew as my appetite for sugary treats shrunk. Now, I have no trouble pounding back potato after tomato. When I eat at restaurants little children look on with horror as I order a veggie appetizer INSTEAD of dessert. (Really, I do!) Despite my insatiable appetite for vegetables, I still find it difficult to eat my fair share. If that sounds familiar, then sit down because I have some great news. 

You can get all your required vegetables in everyday thanks to these tasty, healthy office snacks.

Veggie chips are simply vegetables sliced, diced, and chopped into a snackable size, and then typically baked or fried so that you can pretend they’re not really healthy (Spoiler Alert: They are). Most people know about potato, taro root, and even kale chips, but there are so many more to choose from. Check out our top 21 list of these healthy alternatives to chips! Can you guess which veggie chip is #1?

21. Sweet Potato

Ahhh yeesss! Starting with one of my all time faves, sweet potatoes are excellent to snack on at the office, on your commute, at your cousin’s birthday, really anywhere. Full of fibre, vitamins B and C as well as super useful antioxidants, sweet potatoes are one of the best office snacks you can make.

Sweet potato veggie chips
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They do have one drawback - everyone wants to eat yours!

Feature Recipe

“My favourite veggie chip recipe is to make sweet potato chips in the oven (white sweet potatoes are even better because they’re more naturally sweet) and sprinkle them with black sesame seeds before eating. It sounds like a weird combination but it works so well - it was inspired by the Japanese dish daigakuimo, which is a sweet snack made with candied sweet potatoes garnished with black sesame seeds.”

Rhian Williams, Rhian's Recipes

20. Plantain

Most people think of plantains as the B-list banana, which funnily enough is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Plantain chips are one of the best ways to consume Vitamin C and are also great for heart health. Since they’re firmer and aren’t as sweet as bananas, they are great for frying up into chips with some zesty spices.

Bowl of plantain veggie chips
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19. Butternut Squash

Is your workplace susceptible to cold and flu? The truth is, even with proper health and safety practices, most offices are. Say “so long” to chronic sickness with butternut squash chips! A veritable soup classic, these veggie chips can be gobbled up with cayenne pepper so that your team can stay healthy while eating tasty office snacks!

Plate full of squash veggie chips
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18. Parsnip

Real talk: I used to hate parsnips. When I was younger I must have had some weird taste buds because at some point these root vegetables went from Most Hated to Most Wanted. If you also have some prejudice against the parsnip plant, please pay attention.

Parsnip veggie chips on a plate with a sesame dip on the left
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Parsnip chips are one of the best office snacks in the world.

...I said what I said.

Kinda bitter when raw, but when baked these veggies caramelize into bite-sized snacks that you’ll be popping into your mouth, non-stop.

Feature Recipe

“Veggie chips are a great guilt-free snack to make at home — not only can you control how much seasoning you’re using (no more over-salted chips!), but it’s fun to experiment with different types of vegetables and find one you love. Stick with the standard potato or fry up a colorful batch using carrots, parsnips, and beets like in our recipe here.”

Patty Lee, The Spruce
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17. Green Bean

That’s right. While not your usual “chip” shape, green beans are wonderful veggie snack to have lying around the workplace. A lot of the vitamins are kept in the skins, so go ahead and eat the whole thing! Honestly, I would pick these magic green bean chips over the family cow any day of the week.

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16. Kale

The superfood of the last decade, kale made headlines for absolutely no reason whatsoever around 2013 and has really been kale-ing it ever since. You’ll understand why if you pop a couple dozen leaves into the oven and eat what comes out.

Bowl of kale veggie chip
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Kale is really tasty baked and while very thin it still makes our list of awesome veggie chips.

Feature Recipe

"My favorite go-to is kale chips, although sweet potato chips are quite heavenly. I stick to the green option predominately to better support my type 1 diabetes and blood sugar control."

Kale Chips:
1 bunch of kale chips
1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or more depending making sure all kale is lightly coated)
Himalayan salt, to taste

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. De-stalk the kale, rip in small chip size pieces and toss the kale pieces in bowl with melted coconut oil. Next place kale on a baking sheet and bake kale for 8-10 minutes total, but flip halfway through. Add salt."

Kelly Schmidt, Kelly Schmidt Wellness

15. Radish

If you’re looking for underrated healthy office snack of the year, it's the watermelon radish. These red, petite plants lower blood pressure, detox your liver AND taste amazing! Did I mention they look dapper-as-fresh on any garden salad?

Watermelon radish veggie chips on a tray
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14. Spinach

Okay these might need some explaining. Like all spinach dishes, these baked snacks are best made when fresh and dry. Packed with iron, it's hard to imagine a better healthy alternative to chips! Definitely use your broiler to achieve the right level of crispiness, and dash them with some dill and coriander if you’re brave…

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13. Eggplant

Eggplant is a fantastic addition to a workplace snacking diet because of all the different ways it can be prepared. Sliced into chips or cut into fries, with a little oil and some panko this curvy cuisine turns into veggie chips to fry for.

Eggplant veggie chips
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Feature Recipe

"Eating vegetables, in general, is a great way to make sure you're nourishing your gut. While raw vegetables will always be the better options when it comes to your feeding the good guys in your gut, sometimes you can only stomach so many raw veggies (believe me I get it). Cooked veggies, like vegetable chips, are the next best nourishing (but also delicious) option. I personally love eggplant chips, I like to make them by: 

Slicing zucchinis thinly at a diagonal angle (to get a bigger chip)
Seasoning them as I desire (usually just with a light sprinkle of salt) 
Placing them on the trays of my dehydrator
Letting the dehydrator go at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit for about 14 hours (overnight) then enjoying them as is or with some hummus!"


Tayler Silfverduk, DTR

12. Potato

Ah yes, the mighty potato. Can you believe we made it this far without mentioning it? As the most common type of chip on the block, the potato gets quite a bit of love already. But while many health-conscious offices avoid this snack, if it's baked it can actually be really nourishing.

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As we’ve mentioned before, oven-baked potato chips introduce more vitamin C into the body while reducing trans fats. So skip the fryer and unlock the full potential of your potato!

11. Mushroom

Well there wasn’t mushroom on our list...but there is now! Known for their high source of fibre, mushrooms also provide a lot of vitamin D, which is especially helpful for offices that don’t get much sun. Toasted or fried up with butter and you’ll have a fungi that can’t be beat! 🤤

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Feature Recipe

"We look to vegetables for their vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, low calorie profile, fiber and more. So when we happened upon mushroom crisps while traveling to Taipei several years ago, we couldn’t contain our enthusiasm. 

The Shiitake mushroom crisps from Chunyu are almost as good as what we had in Taipei. We have sampled Original, Sour Cream and Onion, and Hot and Spicy. They all taste fairly similar, meaning that the “flavors” are fairly mild. 

We recommend! Based on our recent analysis of Crunchy Snacks, these would be a Tier 2 (bordering on Tier 1) snack. Check out the link below to see the rest of our recommended snacks!"

Erin Kaese, Athletic-Minded Traveler
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10. Brussels Sprouts

Energy levels keep dropping before those afternoon meetings? Well no more! Brussels sprouts leaves are chocked full of energy for you to power through your day, while also keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

Brussels sprouts veggie chips in a plate with chilli dipping sauce on the side
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Energy levels keep dropping before those afternoon meetings? Well no more! Brussels sprouts leaves are chocked full of energy for you to power through your day, while also keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

9. Taro Root

Once an unknown edible, now a staple for healthy diets. Taro root was popularized thanks to TERRA chips and their attractive offering of root vegetables. Click here to order TERRA chips for everyone in your office! With iron, zinc, potassium and a whole host of other minerals, taro root is a welcome member of any healthy office snacks.

A stack of taro root veggie chips
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8. Turnip/Rutabaga

This root has soooo many B vitamins packed into it that one of them starts with the letter “f”. (It’s folate, and it’s super good if you need to turnip red blood cell production.) Because turnips stabilize blood sugars, they are a great snack for diabetics in the office.

Turnip veggie chips spread on a paper towel
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Feature Recommendation

"Veggie chips are a great healthy snacking alternative. Depending on the recipe, they offer a more flavorful alternative to store-bought chips plus they are full of all the best things that are already in veggies including antioxidants and fiber! 

While they might take a little more effort than buying potato chips at the store, freshly made root veggie chips can’t be beat!"

Josh Anderson, DIY Active

7. Tomato

I know what you’re thinking. “But Jonathan, tomatoes aren’t vegetables?!” To which I say, “If pizza can be a vegetable, tomatoes get a seat at the table.” Besides, thinly sliced and oven roasted tomato chips are the BOMB, especially when eaten with basil and parmesan. 😋

Baked tomato veggie chips on a plate
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6. Broccoli

Another not-quite-a-chip-but-we’ll-count-it-anyways exception is broccoli. Looking a lot like a tree, this powerful produce item can also make YOU big and strong. And it promotes healthy bone structure thanks to its high levels of calcium. Who knew?

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We did. (You’re welcome.)

5. Beets

These snacks are hard to beet...I mean...triumph over. The deep purple of a beet chip makes snacking fun, and with raw, earthy tones baked beet chips have a more neutral flavour. With some rosemary they turn into the perfect office snack, though I usually eat them au naturale. 😬

An assortment of veggie chips in a bowl
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Feature Recommendation

"In general, I'm not a fan of veggie chips. But there are a few brands out there that are making delicious and clean veggie chips that are as crunchy as a potato chip, but much healthier for you. My top choice is Bare - for their carrot, beet and sweet potato chips. 

Saffron Road
 makes a pretty decent lentil chip and Beanitos black bean chips are a good protein-packed snack. But watch out for most vegetable chips on the market today - as the majority of they may have some vegetable powder included, but are mostly filled with processed ingredients, salt and fat!"

Anjali Shah, The Picky Eater

4. Swiss Chard

This rainbow-colored delight is very similar to kale chips, but is actually closely related to the beet family. Swiss chard is awesome for a healthy office birthday snack because of its vibrant colors, so you can munch happily knowing that you’re getting your recommended dose of dietary fibre. As far as snacks in the office go, swiss chard will never leaf you wanting more!

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3. Carrot

What’s up, doc? Did you think we’d forget these nuggets of nutrition? No chance! Carrots are good office snacks to share and offer plenty of variety for those looking to add some color to their diet.

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Feature Recommendation

"Vegetable chips are a great way to upgrade your snacking. If you’ve got a craving for something crunchy, some baked vegetable chips are a major upgrade from deep-fried potato chips or a crunchy cookie.

I make carrot “fries” and kale chips for myself. If you’d like some good advice for avoiding stress-induced snacking urges, pick up Dan’s free guidebook “How To Stop Stress Eating” through the link below!"


Dan DeFigio, Beating Sugar Addiction

2. Seaweed

Probably one of the last things you would guess on this list, but seaweed offers a unique flavour profile not often experienced in North America. Toasted in the oven and then brushed with sesame oil and fish sauce, this snack is a lip-smacker and healthy to boot!

A stack of seaweed veggie chips
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1. Zucchini

Too much junk food can mess with your system, and no one wants to take time off work because they aren’t feeling well. Veggie chips made with zucchini seriously improve digestion and help with weight loss. Trust your gut, eat the zucc.

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Feature Recipe

"Zucchini is one of those veggies that is super versatile and very affordable. The recipe below is specifically for the Parmesan Zucchini Chips, though you can substitute any spices you like. Trust me, these will go fast."

Ingredients:
1 1/2 medium zucchini (approximately 10 ounces)
2-3 teaspoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Oregano to taste

Follow the link below to see the rest of this delicious recipe!

Lauren Pincus, Nutrition Starring You

Conclusion

Wow. That was a mouthful. And that’s just what you’ll be saying when you start munching on these healthy alternatives to chips!

There's veggie chips for every taste, including; 

  • Sweet potato
  • Plantain
  • Beets
  • Green Bean
  • Radish
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Potato
  • Seaweed
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Taro Root
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Turnip
  • Swiss Chard
  • Butternut Squash
  • Parsnip
  • Spinach
  • Carrot
  • Mushroom
  • Zucchini

If you’re like me then you’re probably hungry just reading this list. Click here if you want to order veggie chips to your office today!

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