Craving for food late at night is completely normal, more so when you begin an exercise regime. This happens as a result of your metabolic rate boosting up. We all like to chew on tasty unhealthy food sometimes; this may result in the buildup of unwanted fat and an unhealthy body. Healthy snacks therefore should be your first preference. If you select the best work out plan and forget to eat healthy food; your hard work is all in vain, so eat right! Choosing the healthiest foods to munch on at night is extremely important. If you’re looking to lose weight through dieting but you know that you have a penchant for snacking late at night, here are a few protein-rich healthy healthier alternative snacks that you can choose to munch on for the night to ensure that you continue to lose weight without sabotaging your efforts throughout the rest of the day.
Replace the fast-food burger with;
Here is an absolute delight for the vegetarians among us, this incredibly healthy recipe provides balanced nutrition from sweet potato, superfood kale, and pinto beans. Pepper jack cheese may be included in the recipe, but this can be omitted if you’re dairy-free or vegan.
If you’re looking to stay awake for an all-nighter, delicious double-decker cheeseburgers are certainly not the best “snack”. This slider recipe cuts down on portion size while still packing flavor. Use a whole-wheat bun to make this recipe healthier, or put in lettuce for added crunch.
Replace the diner omelet with:
Omelets may appear as the healthiest option on the late-night diner menu. However, the mere serving sizes down plays all the good. Make your own healthier version at home by including a whole bunch of veggies.
Quality is key here, as juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil all shine at the peak of their freshness.
Replace French fries with;
This recipe calls for baking, rather than frying. A healthier fry that still tastes delicious yet NOT fried and is a super food; sweet potato fries pack some serious vitamin A, which gives your eyes a boost at the end of a long day. Sweet potatoes are full of fiber and high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, beta carotene, potassium and calcium.
These healthy baked “fries” are packed with flavor and they always win with the whole family. The seasoning is so tasty; you won’t even realize they aren’t fried. As the recipe suggests, for a bolder flavor you can double the chili powder. For more of a bite, try adding a pinch of cayenne powder.
This recipe requires only a few ingredients and only 10 minutes to prepare. It’s a great homemade recipe, providing a healthier option to the overly processed bagel bites you can buy at the store. To make them even healthier, use whole-wheat bagels, and top with herbs and veggies.
This is a veggie-powered pizza that you can enjoy sans guilt, at less than 300 calories for half the pie. Freshly grated cauliflower creates the base for the ingenious and delicious crust that’s foldable just like regular pizza. Feel free to toss more veggies on top of the grape tomatoes and fresh basil the recipe asks for, to bulk this pizza pie up a bit.
Instead of a drive-through breakfast sandwich, make:
Superfood avocado automatically ups the nutrition profile of this sandwich… and its natural creaminess will make cheese seem almost subpar in comparison.
When they’re made with whole ingredients, eggs and veggies on toast make an excellent, balanced snack or meal. This sandwich gives you a surge of energy, to boot, thanks to the protein.
Replace drive-through quesadillas, tacos, and burritos, with;
- Chicken Burrito Bowl
These burrito bowls are an excellent way to use up leftover chicken. Burrito bowl makes for a lighter alternative to gigantic burritos. Besides, the dish ensures long-lasting energy; and the combination of rice, beans, and lean protein in this recipe need no additions.
This healthy veggie burrito is very filling and easy to make with simple ingredients, making it a perfect weeknight dinner. Try varying the toppings, you could add grated carrot, sprouts, fresh tomato, whatever you like.
Homemade quesadillas are healthy meals (or snacks!) that can be stuffed with virtually every combination of sweet or savory ingredients. These quesadillas will only take up just 15 minutes to prepare. Be sure to season with pepper Jack cheese in the filling if you like a little heat.
For these Avocado Quesadillas, you simply add the sliced avocado at the very end of the cooking process so it doesn’t get overly hot or mushy. Cook with Caramelized Onion to add rich, deep flavor to the meal, which makes you feel fancy. The sweet caramelized onions paired with creamy avocado make a delicious quesadilla on their own, but you may also add spinach, because: vitamins.
Tacos made with black beans, pinto beans, and kidney beans. They are the perfect meal for busy weeknights. A dish that is easy to make, requires minimal prep work, packs a punch of flavor and most importantly, a dish that everyone will love. The spicy seasoning mixed with piquant lime will lure even die-hard ground beef fans.
If you have a hard time getting your family to eat a full vegetarian meal, this dish will make a great appetizer to alleviate them into enjoying it. By just doubling or tripling the recipe depending on how many people you intend to feed, you can easily make this a full meal.
Instead of store-bought grilled cheese, make:
This is a recipe for whose ingredients’ quality is key and will really enable this sandwich to shine. Skip the sour cream if you’re dairy-free or watching your weight.
The combination of melted cheese and crisp bread makes grilled sandwiches an appealing entrée. Pungent goat cheese adds a creamy quality to this delicious and filling sandwich. These Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper, and Goat Cheese Sandwiches come together quickly on the increased surface area of an outdoor grill or inside on a grill pan.
Replace potato chips and French onion dip with;
This Savory spicy baked Kale Chips Recipe will make you kick the potato chips to the curb. So delicious you won’t even know they’re healthy, it’s easy to eat a whole tray of these superfoods in one sitting. In addition, kales can take up any type of flavor, from miso, lemon to garlic, and still be completely wonderful.
This is a healthy, savory dip that will have you coming back for more; made up of nutrient-rich red peppers, superfood garlic, onion, red wine vinegar, heart-healthy olive oil, and salt and pepper. Roasted Red Pepper Dip is easy to make, is healthy and the perfect party dip.
Baba Ganoush is a Middle Eastern eggplant dip, typically made roasted or grilled eggplant paired with garlic, olive oil, and spices. This homemade version calls for some mayo, feel free to swap in more tahini. Plenty of eggplant provides thiamin, folate, potassium, manganese, vitamins K and B6, , and fiber.
Best prepared a day ahead the rich flavors of this bean dip will stand out on any dipping “instrument,” whole-grain bagel chips to red pepper slices. Bring to room temperature before serving. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.
Instead of the Chinese buffet, make:
This recipe shows how to stir-fry chicken, which is healthier than sticking it in the deep fryer. A completely lightened-up, stir-fried version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original! In addition, your mind can rest easy with a homemade sauce made from whole, natural ingredients.
Baking and then stir-frying Tofu in a sweet teriyaki sauce will make it much more firm, a better texture that you will like. Any mixture of vegetables will make this recipe delicious.
When your taste buds start taunting you with take out, make this lo mein; it’s light and filling, and just as satisfying as the real thing. Slippery noodles, a rich and glossy soy-ginger sauce, and crunchy bean sprouts. It is savory and slightly salty but balanced by the sweet warmth of brown sugar and toasted sesame oil.
Replace the mac ‘n cheese from a box, and make:
There’s nothing quite like homemade mac n cheese! Try this delicious gluten–free and dairy-free version of mac ‘n cheese. Prepare the cheese sauce while oven is warming. In a small pot melt the butter, and then add the pepper and nutritional yeast.
For a slightly gourmet twist on mac ‘n cheese; this butternut squash version is exceptional. Combined with nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, the butternut squash adds a rich, nutty flavor, sneaks in some vegetable, and brilliantly mimics the color and creaminess of cheddar sauce. The grooved pasta ensures full sauce coverage for a saucy favorite with all kinds of comforting goodness.
Instead of store-bought chicken wings, make:
With its crispiness is achieved via the oven rather than the deep fryer, this homemade version leaves you feeling satisfied, not sick.
Instead of traditional PB&J, make:
This is a sweet, warm breakfast idea. Cooked like a grilled cheese, but filled with melted peanut butter and warm bananas.
Apple sandwiches are great for both adults and kids and are adaptable for various preferences and allergies. Switch up on peanut butter, and try almond butter or pumpkin-sunflower-flax seed butter. The raisins may be swapped for chopped dates, dried cranberries, and other dried fruits. The simplicity and texture of lightly toasted oats is preferable, but granola is an option, as well as toppings like shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and chia seeds.
Instead of convenience store ice cream, make:
This recipe has plenty more fiber and nutrients than the original Ben & Jerry’s version. The recipe uses simple ingredients that come together to make a quick and easy soft serve. Gather some of the season’s cherries freeze some bananas and get your chocolate ready.
The creamy sweetness of the blended frozen banana mimics ice cream quite nicely, and is equally versatile, as these popsicles demonstrate. Prepare beforehand, you’ll need 4 peeled and frozen bananas to kick things off. Roughly chop the frozen bananas and whirl in the food processor along with 3-4 tbsp of almond milk.
While the flavor of avocado sorbet is truly original and unique on its own, the recipe is equally as interesting as it only takes five minutes to prepare, not including freezing time. Slice the avocados into thin strips and splash it with lots of lime juice. This is to keep it from browning, and it will add flavor to the sorbet.
Instead of a drive-through milkshake, make:
This recipe eliminates unpronounceable ingredients that might be found in the store bought version in favor of a banana-based, egg-free cookie dough flavor.
This simple version packs plenty of antioxidants for genuine health-boosting goodness, unlike many. Make sure the bananas you freeze are extra ripe. The riper the bananas, the sweeter they are, and the better your strawberry milkshakes will taste.
It is refreshing and it’s sweet and tasty. Bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice are all you need to make this filling and tasty smoothie. The textural interplay between the banana base and creamy peanut butter and the crunchy cacao nibs is simply amazing.
Instead of packaged brownies, make:
They’re fudgy, sweet, and still some of the best brownies there is to date. They’re in addition loaded with fiber, omega-3s and tons of other good-for-you ingredients.
This “skinny” version of a mug brownie is to die for and packs a huge chocolate punch, full of incredible fudginess and irresistible decadence and only takes 30 seconds in the microwave to cook. Depending on how gooey you like your brownie, you could microwave it for more or less since there’s no egg in it.
Making cookie dough that is egg–free and totally safe to eat is incredibly easy. This cookie dough is not too sugary or buttery. It has chocolate chips in it so that’s a wee-bit of butter and sugar, but in comparison to typical cookie dough, the butter and sugar content is negligible. Try lightening up the sweeteners in this recipe to save both calories and your blood sugar.
An amazingly delicious single serving chocolate chip cookies, healthy enough to eat for breakfast. The banana and chocolate chips elevate baked oatmeal into a chewy, fudgy skillet cookie.
Thanks to nutrient-packed ingredients found in this recipe; including coconut flour and molasses, you can eat the entire batch for the caloric equivalent of a single Chip. In addition, you skip out on all the processed ingredients.
This recipe is much healthier than eating spoons of raw cookie dough seeing that it features Greek yogurt as its base.
A quick and easy paleo friendly dip that requires no food processor.
These Quick cookie dough bites recipes are free of grains, gluten, dairy and are even paleo-friendly ; and full of peanut butter goodness.
Instead of diner pancakes, make:
A Simple, Flourless Recipe for simple, clean, tasty pumpkin pancakes. These pancakes have NO FLOUR in them. This is great if you’re looking to cut down your carb intake, trying out Paleo or you’re gluten free.
These pancakes are delicious and healthy. With only a few simple ingredients, you can fix these up for your family in a snap. Add fresh fruit and maple syrup and get to enjoy these yummy pancakes for breakfast or brunch.
This recipe packs a lot of health benefits without the processed ingredients so often found in pancake mixes; from antioxidant-rich blueberries and protein-packed Greek yogurt. To make this recipe gluten-free, almond flour could work as a substitute.
This recipe provides a less expensive way to get that salty-caramel flavor of the delicious Giant Starbucks mochas year-round. No low-fat whipped cream. No natural sweeteners. No whole grains. No chia seeds That means it is healthy for your soul. Make it more or less sweet depending on your tastes, and feel free to toss in a bit more cocoa powder for a deeply chocolate taste.
On top of being super simple, this recipe gives an energy boost from caffeine without a sugar crash later on.
Replace convenience store candywith:
Gummy candies are irresistible. Refrain from reaching for high-fructose-corn syrup-laden versions, and use this recipe to get down and make simple fruit juice-based ones at home. Just as addictively chewy and sweet, but without the scary ingredients
These addictive (and Paleo!) gummies flavor stems from a mixture of fresh watermelon and lemon rather than refined sugar.
Try out this recipe for a vegan option if you’re looking for a milkier (but dairy-free) dark chocolate treat. That’s right, vegan, healthy, raw, antioxidant rich CHOCOLATE. Add different types of flavoring (dried fruits, extracts, nuts) to this base would to add variety!
Maple-coconut vegan chocolate is more of a miracle as it is a treat. Add crunchy cacao nibs to add more texture to this recipe.