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The Five Sweetest Vegetables You Can Snack On


Everyone is looking to eat healthier these days, and snacks are a great place to start making a change. Packed with sugar, snack foods give a burst of energy when you are in a lull, provide a distraction from boredom, and relieve stress. Changing your snacking habit takes time and a serious commitment. Plan ahead, set goals, and find workable substitutes as your sugar tooth mellows out. Here are five of the sweetest snack vegetables around...


#1: Podded Peas
Podded Peas have only 26 calories per cup, around 4 calories per pod. Simply wash the pods and pack them as a snack. Podded Peas can be eaten raw, have a satisfying crunchy texture, and a sweet taste.
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#2: Carrots
Crunchy, sweet, and packed with vitamins, carrots are an excellent snack food. A single baby carrot has only 5 calories and comes pre-washed leaving little excuse not to incorporate them in your diet. Whole carrots are still a good option for those on a budget. Just give them a rinse under the sink, it is not necessary to completely peel them.
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#3: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes need to gain a major place in your snack repertoire. Incorrectly paraded under the name potato they are actually more closely related to a carrot than regular white potatoes. Packed with vitamins A,C,K, potassium, iron, and calcium, sweet potatoes are a super vegetable. Sweet potatoes can be cut and eaten raw, or quickly baked in the microwave. Bake 5 on Sunday and keep them in the fridge for the work week. Sweet potatoes are sweet, and taste great hot or cold. A medium sized sweet potato provides around 105 calories, and is miles ahead of traditional snack foods.
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#4: Beets
Beets are one of the sweetest vegetables around, because of their deep red color they are best snacked on raw, unless you like making a mess of things. A single beet on has 35 calories. Buy them small, or chop them the night before.
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#5: Rutabagas
Rutabagas have a sweet nutty flavor and are amazingly filling. Chop them into sticks and enjoy them raw the next time you are overcome with a snack craving. One cup chopped has only 50 calories.
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For more healthy snacking ideas check out the fruits and vegetables section of this website, or browse by click on pictures in the fruit and vegetable mosaic.


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Comments.
Name:MC
Location:Nova Scotia
Subject:Sweetest Vegetables
Podded peas are a fruit.
Posted on 2012-03-20 22:33:24
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sweetest Vegetables
Hi MC, thanks for pointing out the distinction. Podded peas are listed here since they are regarded as vegetables in the culinary sense.
Posted on 2012-03-21 18:53:39
Name:Kelly
Location:SLO
Subject:Raw beets and Oxalic Acid
Best to avoid raw beets as they contain oxalic acid which binds to other minerals in your gut. So it can rob you of minerals. Cooking destroys that acid.
Posted on 2013-04-30 16:51:54

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Name:MC
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Subject:Sweetest Vegetables
Podded peas are a fruit.
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Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sweetest Vegetables
Hi MC, thanks for pointing out the distinction. Podded peas are listed here since they are regarded as vegetables in the culinary sense.
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Name:Kelly
Location:SLO
Subject:Raw beets and Oxalic Acid
Best to avoid raw beets as they contain oxalic acid which binds to other minerals in your gut. So it can rob you of minerals. Cooking destroys that acid.
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References

    • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.