Midnight hunger pangs are best assuaged with these 10 healthy and low-calorie snacks
You had a great day, all you meals had the perfect balance of Protein, Fats, Carbs and Fibre; it's way past mid-night and all you can think of is indulging in a late night snack, and can’t seem to resist that feeling. Don’t give in to your cravings and undo the efforts put at the gym and in your diet during the day, for a moment of delight at night. These healthy late-night snack options will make midnight snacking fun and ensure you stay on track with your diet.
1. Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
Sure you love French fries when you’re catching up on your favourite TV show’s reruns, but your waistline doesn’t feel the same way about them. Replace fries with baked sweet potato wedges. They’re rich in vitamin A and can enhance calorie burn if you spice them up with some chilli.
Calories: 150 in 100 gm
2. Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper & Curd Dip
Mix hung curd with roasted & crushed garlic, red pepper, a handful of your favourite herbs and season it with a dash of olive oil and salt. Pair it with diced veggies or baked sweet potato chips for a wholesome snack.
Calories: 100 in 100 gm
3. Spicy Stir-Fry Tofu
Paneer manchurian getting monotonous for you? Replace paneer with tofu and try out this delicious stir-fry. Toss tofu in your favourite spicy sauce – be it Korean Hot Sauce or Barbeque Sauce, add some chopped veggies to make it nutritious, and voila you have yourself a delicious healthy snack.
Calories: 120 in 100 gm
4. Egg & Spinach Whole Wheat Sandwich
Eggs pair extremely well with steamed spinach. Add a bit of grated cheese to make a balanced late-night snack. Way better than the burger you wanted to order.
Calories: 250 to 300 per sandwich
5. Lemon & Pepper Chicken Wings
Marinated in lemon juice with salt & pepper and sautéed quickly, these homemade chicken wings will satisfy your late-night cravings.
Calories: 65 per wing
6. Open Peanut Butter Banana Multigrain Sandwich
Layer a whole-wheat slice of bread with peanut butter and slices of banana, sprinkle some cinnamon and you have a low-cal dessert that’s sure to hit your sweet spot.
Calories: 180 calories per slice
7. Apple with Peanut Butter & Raisins
You’ll never eat an apple whole again. Make a tasty treat by slicing apples, and layering it with peanut butter and raisins.
Calories: 150 calories
8. Fruit Yogurt with Seeds
Pour some curd in a muslin cloth to drain out excess water. Place this rich and creamy curd in a bowl, dice in some fresh seasonal fruits and top it with seeds for a healthy and yummy snack.
Calories: 100 in 100 gm
9. Oatmeal Smoothie
A superfood that’s often had at the start of the day, oatmeal can also make for a healthy midnight snack. Mix it with skimmed curd, chopped fruits and nuts to make it a wholesome nutritious beverage.
Calories: 150 in 1 cup
10. Low calorie Hot Chocolate
If you must have a beverage, forget the milkshakes and lattes. Opt for a mug of steaming hot chocolate made with skimmed milk. Add a dollop of honey instead of sugar for that sweetness.
Calories: 90 in 1 cup
Have a favourite snack, but not sure if it qualifies as healthy? Ask our nutritionists.
Originally Published on the HealthifyMe Blog