I usually don’t like to eat late, not after my doctor told me that the heartburn and acid reflux I was experiencing were the result of bad eating habits. But when I have had a long day and simply need to snack before bed, I make sure it is one of the following recipes. These are the best snacks I’ve had, and I hope you share the same sentiment as well!
You are probably like “what?” that’s the recipe? Yes, it’s a favorite snack of mine and a very healthy one at that. Pineapples are great because they have high vitamin C content, are great source of antioxidants, and they contain a complex mixture known as bromelain (digestive enzyme), which aids in digestion and helps ward-off inflammation. Pineapples are sweet and tarty and that’s one of the reasons I like them.
You don’t need to follow a recipe, just purchase them fresh at your grocery store, wash and set in the refrigerator if you like them chilled as I do. You could also cut them first, then cover and chill till when you’re ready to devour them. Don’t leave them too long if cut to avoid discoloration.
When picking them at the store, look for those whose “eyes” are not darken or bruised, or if they are soft since this may mean it’s not as fresh. It should have sweet smell rather than sour or musty. As for how I learned about this, I was born in the tropics so this is pretty much a staple in my country. I used to enjoy them as a kid, but I never knew the health benefits it had, nor did I really appreciated them since they were everywhere! If you prefer, you could also cut them up in pieces and enjoy them with a serving of cottage cheese for a sweet and salty treat. Excellent source of vitamin C and calcium!
Have a Shake (or a Smoothie)
Ever since I got my NutriBullet by MagicBullet, I have made it a point to enjoy regular doses of smoothies or shakes as part of my late-night snack fare. There’s no complicated recipe for this, as all I do is go for the fruit in season so that they are not as pricey as when off season.
Buy your favorite fruits and combine them in your blender, and before 30 seconds are up, your late night snack is ready! For best results and to save time, I buy the frozen organic fruit mixtures of berries, pomegranate, and top it off with fresh apples and bananas. I try variety of fruits including mangoes and other tropical fruits of choice. Kiwis are great if you like them.
I also add dark leafy vegetables such as kale, baby spinach, and chard. They balance the sweetness of the fruits and are so packed with essential vitamins like A and C, and are good source of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Starting with the vegetables, add all fruits to the level desired, and add fat-free milk (for a shake) or add water (for a smoothie). Blend for about 30 second or until all appear smooth and creamy. You will probably share this or finish it solo depending on your appetite. By the way, you don’t need to have a NutriBullet to make your smoothie; other blenders of choice would work just fine.
Spreadable Cheese, Crackers, and Berries
I don’t like cheese in general, but I love the Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese, which I use on just about anything grain. I spread my favorite crackers including Breton variety wholegrain and multigrain crackers which are so thin and crispy they melt in your mouth with the cheese spread. I have come to like this recipe since I tried it at a Costco store as a sample, and my kids love it as well. We also use sweet chili spread which I also found at Costco, but they don’t carry it often so I go with the cheese spread which you can get anywhere. There’s no major recipe; just get your crackers, and spread on the cheese. If you are counting calories, you can supplement with strawberries, blueberries, or whatever fruit to fill up more and avoid much crackers. You could also cut up tomato slices and use some lunch meat as alternative to the cheese. The crackers are about 80 calories per 4 (which is the number per serving). But trust me; these whole grain crackers are so good you won’t mind indulging and burning the carbs later. Just do it once in a while.