14 Grocery Products to Sneak More Veggies into Your Diet
Whether you're a parent trying to feed a picky kid or just someone trying to eat healthier, the fact of the matter is that most of us could use more veggies in our diets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only one in 10 adults are getting enough fruits and vegetables daily. And while we like salad as much as the next health enthusiast, sometimes meeting the daily recommendation of two to three cups isn't easy. And there's more to life than just mixed greens.
Thankfully, food companies have gotten pretty creative when it comes to stealthily adding hidden vegetables into grocery products, and you can now find veggie-full chips, dips, desserts, and more in supermarket aisles. Besides being better for you than their conventional counterparts, these food items taste great, so you no longer have to coerce the vegetable-averse kids (and adults!) in your life to fill up on the fiber-rich stuff. To discover which foods rank highest on the healthy scale, don't miss The 100 Healthiest Foods on the Planet, and subscribe to the Eat This, Not That! magazine for more advice on how to squeeze more veggies into your diet.
Good Health Sour Cream and Onion Eat Your Vegetables Chips
Sour cream and onion potato chips might be a party staple but, let's face it, there's nothing healthy about them. Luckily, Good Health's Eat Your Vegetables Sour Cream and Onion Chips can satisfy that craving all while sneaking in eight vegetables—carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, and shiitake mushrooms—all in one chip! These chips are high in vitamins A and C, and a good source of vitamins E and B6, so you can snack without the guilt. To see how your favorite standard chips stack up, check out 35 of Your Favorite Chips—Ranked .
$36.99 per 6-pack on Amazon.
Crunchmaster Vegetable Asiago Cheese Crackers
Though they've been making gluten-free crackers for some time, Crunchmaster just recently got into the hidden veggie business with these vegetable cheese crackers. Made with seven vegetables (carrot, pumpkin, beet, red bell pepper, spinach, kale, and onion), these tasty crackers are gluten- and cholesterol-free with no artificial flavors, colors, or added sugars. With all that great cheese flavor, it's up to you whether you divulge just how many vegetables are in each bite. Keep an eye out for these new crisps, which are launching later this year!
Veggie Go's Strawberry, Chia + Beets Bites
A little bit chewy, a little bit crunchy, and highly snackable, these healthy fruit snack alternatives offer a full serving of fruits and veggies in every individually-sized package. Packed with sweet potato puree and concentrated beet juice (plus strawberry, apple, and chia seeds), the bites are naturally sweet without any added sugar, and are vegan and gluten-free to boot. They are also a great source of vitamin A.
$14.99 per 12-pack on Amazon.
Pressed by KIND Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach Bar
They're portable, shelf stable, and filling—but not typically packed with vegetables. Which is why the Pressed by KIND Pineapple Banana Spinach Bar is so exciting. This vegan bar is a good source of fiber and made with only fruits and vegetables (literally; the ingredients are pineapple, banana, apple, kale, spinach. Period.).
$13.54 per 15.8-oz box on Amazon.
Garden Lites Homestyle Frozen Waffles
Frozen waffles can be a lifesaver on busy mornings, but too often they're loaded with sugar and empty carbs. Luckily, Garden Lites (whose entire product line is all about sneaking veggies into common foods like muffins and mac and cheese) makes frozen waffles packed with butternut squash and carrots (they are the first two ingredients so you know they're serious). What's even better is that they're a great-tasting source of vitamin A, and no one needs to be the wiser about the whole vegetable thing.
$11.18 per two-pack on Healthy Goodness.
Cali'flour Original Italian Pizza Crust
As we've learned in recent years, cauliflower makes a surprisingly good replacement for everything from rice to breadsticks. If you're looking to cut carbs while increasing your vegetable intake, check out Cali'flour pizza crusts made from—you guessed it—cauliflower. These handcrafted pizza crusts are as healthy as they are convenient. And no artificial ingredients means a short ingredient list you can actually understand: Cauliflower, mozzarella, egg, basil, and garlic. Add your favorite toppings and you've got yourself a pizza party.
$23.99 per box (2 crusts) on Amazon.
Heartland Hidden Veggie Pasta
For those times when you do want real deal carbs, Heartland has made a Hidden Veggie pasta (in elbow, penne, and thin spaghetti varieties) that sneaks in corn, carrot, and squash for extra nutrients. So whether you want to give a vegetable boost to your spaghetti and meatballs or penne a la vodka, they've got you covered. There's a full serving of vegetables in every 100 grams of Hidden Veggie pasta. Yes, you can have your mac and cheese, and eat it, too.
$1.98 per 12-oz box at Walmart.
Kidfresh Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are some of the top kid foods for a good reason—they're delicious! But the convenience can come at a cost—very often they are high in saturated fats and made with who knows what part of the chicken. Kidfresh has come to the rescue of parents everywhere with chicken nuggets that are made with antibiotic-free white meat in a whole grain breading, but they've also managed to sneak pureed cauliflower and onions into the mix. Winning!
$4.05 per 6.7-oz box on Amazon.
Annie's Homegrown Organic Vegan Shells & Creamy Sauce
There are now a number of products on the market that sneak some vegetables into prepared macaroni and cheese, but Annie's has managed to replace the cheese entirely in their Organic Vegan Shells & Creamy Sauce. Made with pumpkin and sweet potato (and no artificial colors or flavors), the decadent sauce has all the flavor of standard mac and cheese with less fat, calories, and sodium than the classic variety.
$2.84 per 6-oz box on Amazon.
Green Giant Veggie Tots
Tater tots are great and all, but what if they were made with an even healthier vegetable than potato? Green Giant Veggie Tots have replaced the potato with broccoli for a tot that's lower in calories, fat, and carbs and higher in fiber. With a full serving of broccoli in every portion (making it a great source of vitamin C!), it's a delicious way to load up on vegetables without feeling like you're depriving yourself.
$3.69 per 16-oz bag at Walmart.
Here Spinach Mushroom Dip
If you're in the Midwest, then keep an eye out at supermarkets for Here Spinach Mushroom Dip (plus other veggie-packed varieties like edamame pea sesame and bright beet). Instead of reaching for calorie-laden ranch or spinach-artichoke dips, try this folate and vitamin K-rich spinach mushroom dip made with Michigan beans, Illinois tomatoes, and Wisconsin mushrooms (the entire ethos of Here is about supporting Midwestern farmers in natural products).
Sneakz Organic Chocolate Milkshakes
Vegetables in milkshakes? Sneakz has managed to create a shelf-stable, carrageenan-free chocolate milkshake that boasts a half serving of vegetables in every box. By incorporating carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach, and beets into the beverage (along with skim milk, cane sugar, and Dutch cocoa), Sneakz Organic Chocolate Milkshakes have more fiber and vitamin A and less sugar than most chocolate milk, making it a major lunchbox upgrade. They also come in vanilla and strawberry flavors.
$20.00 per 12-pack on Amazon.
MadeGood Chocolate Chip Crispy Squares
Sneaking vegetables into dessert is like the holy grail of healthy eating. Which is why MadeGood's Chocolate Chip Crispy Squares are so exciting. They're basically Rice Krispie Treats, but organic—and with chocolate chips. Plus they've got spinach, broccoli, carrot, tomato, beet, and shitake mushroom extracts. Each bar is only 90 calories and is also a good source of thiamin and vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6. So whether you treat yourself to one after a meal or pack one in your kid's lunchbox, you can feel good about the choice.
$22.74 per 5.1-oz box on Amazon.
Outshine Tropical Banana Medley Fruit & Veggie Bars
We throw veggies into juices and smoothies all the time, so it's about time someone jumped on the vegetable-packed popsicle bandwagon. Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars basically turn healthy smoothies into delectable popsicles. The Tropical Banana Medley, for example, has plenty of fruit juice and purees, but is also bursting with pumpkin (the first ingredient) and cauliflower—but you'd never know it. Can you think of a better treat on a hot day? To prep for warm weather be sure to read up on the 30 worst summer foods for your belly. And for more advice on how to curb your sweet tooth—and lose weight—get a copy of The No-Sugar 14-Day Diet. It's available in stores now!
$6.06 per 18 oz-box on Amazon.