To kick off summer you’ve decided to whip yourself back into shape and stick to a solid health plan. That means good nutritious food, hardcore work outs and a serious decrease in junk food. During the day everything is great – you eat well and you’re always active.
Once the sun goes down, however, that’s another story.
Sneaking food in after hours is where most people go wrong in their diet plans. We’ve all been there. You go to bed, wake up with insomnia and then hear the refrigerator calling your name. Late night snacking is a common dilemma, but if you have an emergency rescue plan in place, then you will always be prepared. Here are some healthy alternatives to the most popular after-hours cravings.
Pizza Craving: Mini Pizza, Meatball On A Cracker
There’s no bigger yet simultaneously pleasurable disappointment than ruining your diet plan by giving into temptation. You would think that once the clock strikes midnight you’re home free – another day, another successful evasion of the enemy. But when those late night hunger pangs kick in, sometimes they’re just too impossible to ignore. If you find yourself on the dark side of temptation in the darkest hours of the night, don’t sweat it too much – you have options. Make a mock miniature pizza by sprinkling (and melting) some low fat mozza onto a cracker or two with a bit of tomato sauce and a meatball. Or you can go the same route with a small soft flour tortilla and throw in a few veggies.
Ice Cream Craving: Greek Yogurt With Frozen Fruit
While it would be nice to sneak out of bed for a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, the regret is just not worth it. That’s a lie, the regret would totally be worth it. But you have goals, remember? You need to reach them without slipping up so often, therefore we present to you a viable alternative. The beauty of Greek yogurt is that it has a dense, rich texture that is perfect for pretending you’re eating ice cream. It’s cold and creamy and when paired with frozen berries it gives you that satisfying sweetness, with a filling finish.
Cookie Craving: Dark Chocolate Almonds
You really can’t go wrong with keeping a stash of dark chocolate almonds on hand, especially considering there’s no prep time or effort whatsoever. Just don’t do overdo it in stocking up. A small bag fit for a handful now and then will do just the trick for those insatiable sweet tooth attacks. Dark chocolate is good for your heart, helps control blood sugar and is full of antioxidants – so the darker the better!
Potato Chips Craving: Oven roasted zucchini crisps
You might be thinking “whomp whoooomp,” but these delicious little morsels are actually an excellent alternative to greasy, salty potato chips. Just pop some thin slices of zucchini in the oven and roast them for about 20-25 minutes. Season them with a bit of olive oil and your favorite spices and you’re good to go. Keep them in longer for extra crispiness. You’ll cut the carbs and up the flavor – yum!
Candy Craving: Strawberry Banana Creams
Oh, so you have a Skittles craving? Cute, real cute. This Strawberry Banana Creams recipe will change your life and make you forget those sugar-laden snacks. Simply carve out the middle of the strawberry (or just slice the top off under the green) and fill it with a mixture of Greek yogurt combined with mashed bananas. Top with your choice of almond slivers, cinnamon, granola, or perhaps on a ‘cheat’ day chocolate chips or shavings. Clocking in at under 150 calories per serving, these treats are perfect for late night indulging.