It doesn’t matter what time on the clock fits your definition of ‘late night’ – two a.m., midnight, or earlier – you know what it’s like to get the urge to munch. Besides satisfying your snack attack, the best recipes for late night nibbles will be easy to fix and won’t do too much damage to your otherwise healthy ‘daytime’ diet. Here are three ‘late night’ snack recipes that you can make in less than 10 minutes and won’t cause a guilt trip when you’re facing your scale in the next morning.
Peanut Buttery Cinnamon Toast
2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
1 T peanut butter
½ t brown sugar
½ t white granulated sugar
½ t ground cinnamon
Simply spread warm toast with peanut butter and sprinkle a light dusting of sugars and cinnamon over top. Take a minute to cut the slices into strips about ½ wide to give you the bite size ‘snacking’ experience, instead of simply eating toast.
Honey Dipped Grapes with Coconut
½ lb. seedless grapes, choose green or red as preferred, or mix – removed from stem
¼ C honey
½ C shredded coconut
Toothpicks or hors d’oeuvre picks
For a tasty and interactive snack, put the grapes, honey and shredded coconut in individual serving dishes. With a toothpick, spear a grape, dip it in the honey and then dredge it through the shredded coconut. You’ll find that these little gems will extend the snacking enjoyment since you’re not just popping a handful of grapes into your mouth.
Mini Pretzels with Hummus Dip
This snack probably doesn’t need an explanation, except to mention the versatility of the flavors you can concoct, depending on your particular craving. You can choose to serve the hummus plain, or spice it up to the degree you’re in the mood for, mild to hot, by adding chili powder, fresh herbs like chopped cilantro, or a dash of hot sauce. Or you can go the sweet route by adding a mashed ripe banana or a few chopped strawberries.
Next time you’re rummaging through the cupboard for a ‘late night’ snack, pick out the ingredients for one of these simple to fix and satisfying recipes. Keep the preparation quick and the components healthy and you’ll beat the cravings without sending the scale into the danger zone. Any time of night is the perfect time for a ‘late night’ snack if you keep these hints in mind. Enjoy!