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.
They do have one drawback - everyone wants to eat yours!
“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.”
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.
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!
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 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Kale is really tasty baked and while very thin it still makes our list of awesome veggie chips.
"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."
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.
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?
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…
Shell I tell you why this is gonna be your new favourite office snack?
All yokes aside, 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.
"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)
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.
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!
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! 🤤
"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!"
With iron, zinc, potassium and a whole host of other minerals, taro root is a welcome member of any healthy office snacks.
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.
"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!"
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. 😋
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?
We did. (You’re welcome.)
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. 😬
"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!"
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!
What’s up, doc? Did you think we’d forget these nuggets of nutrition?
Carrots are good office snacks to share and offer plenty of variety for those looking to add some color to their diet.
"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!"