Daily Dose of Design: 10 Healthy & Delicious Late Night Snack Ideas

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

10 Healthy & Delicious Late Night Snack Ideas


The struggle is SO REAL when you're cozy on the couch, relaxing and watching TV and you're hungry. At 10 pm. Already had dinner and can't believe that you're actually hungry... That's me a LOT of the time and I know I'm not alone! Eating at night isn't necessarily as bad as you may think - or it doesn't have to be anyway. I know all too well that to eat healthily, you have to find something you REALLY enjoy that'll keep you from going to all of those heavy, carb-filled leftovers you have in your fridge, or that big bowl of ice cream that is calling your name. These are the best late night snack ideas I've tried and have regularly, but also ones you can go to during the day to stay healthier too! For me, the key is eating in moderation and not totally depriving yourself, but when you do indulge, find ways to make it not so bad. Here's my top 10 go-to snacks for when I'm craving something delicious late at night!


1. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter



This is one of those classic snacks that most people know and love, but I had to include it here! It's delicious and I can never pass up peanut butter, lol! You could even make this your dessert and add some dark chocolate chips or granola bites on top.


2. Avocado Toast



As basic as basic gets, but I couldn't ever turn down avocado toast. Best breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack EVER and it only gets better when you add some Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's (also available on Amazon - get it here! Some Trader Joes' stores don't carry it!) on top. Put a slice or two of your favorite sliced bread into the toaster (or even whole wheat crackers!) and you're good to go! I love 7-grain bread especially; it's light and fairly healthy.

3. Whipped Cream with Berries



Low carb, check. Lots of fruit, check. Virtually no prep or cook time, check! Fat free Reddi-Wip whipped cream is quite literally NOTHING! 10 calories in two tablespoons and is the perfect substitute for ice cream or to satisfy that sweet tooth. I love replacing the ice cream that I'm really craving with whipped cream, it's so much lighter too on your stomach! Any type of berry goes perfectly with whipped cream so you can pick what's seasonal or your favorites; I love mixing it up between strawberries, blueberries and raspberries!

4. Popcorn



Put the chips back and find a flavor of popcorn you love - the difference in calories/fat is HUGE! It'll satisfy that salty craving in a healthier way and there's so many flavors and choices to pick from. My very favorite is the Boom Chicka Pop Real Butter Popcorn - when I tell you it tastes JUST like movie theater popcorn... OMG. It's amazing!

5. Pretzels with Dark Chocolate Chips



These hollow pretzel bites are everything! They're healthier since they're hollow and just so tasty! I love dark chocolate and always have some in the house rather than regular chocolate just because it's healthier, and since I love a good mix of sweet and salty this is the most delicious combo ever, and probably my most frequent late night snack. ;)

6. JIF Poppers



I just came across these in the grocery store about a week ago and I think I'm addicted. I'm one of those people who LOVES peanut butter of all types so, so very much! Hah! They come in Peanut Butter and Chocolate, and both have peanut butter covered popcorn bites, and either peanut butter covered pretzels or chocolate covered pretzels depending on which flavor you get. Both are equally as delicious, and while these are probably the least healthy snack on my list here, they still aren't bad for you and in moderation there really is no issue! I'll have a small handful whenever I want something sweet and salty - it's the perfect combo - especially during the day while I'm working or at night after dinner.


7. Carrots with Dill Veggie Dip



This is VERY healthy and the Dill Dip is so incredibly easy to make! Simply mix Greek yogurt (about a cup) with mayo (about 1/4 cup - I eye both), then add in parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder and fresh dill all to taste. I dip carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, etc. in it and always have some made because it's simple and delicious and goes so well with so many things! I also love that it's something you can make with ingredients you already likely have in your kitchen. Veggies are filling and add in this dill dip and you'll be good to go! It's also a great party food if you're looking for something new to try out!


8. Healthy Chocolate Strawberries



Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my top 10 favorite foods of all time, ever. I never feel all that bad when enjoying them because I rationalize that it's fruit with just a little chocolate (LOL) but now that I've found a legitimate healthy way to enjoy something I love, there's no going back! This Hershey Whipped Cream is fairly new (also try out the Reeses one!) and it is so. freaking. good. It tastes so much like a Hershey bar and it's delicious alone, on any dessert, or on strawberries! There's only 10 calories in two tablespoons which blows my mind and it's a great way to enjoy a dessert in a healthier way.

9. Peanut Butter Banana Bites with Granola



Noticing a trend here with all of the fruit?! There's so many ways to make fruit into a more filling, more satisfying snack while still staying healthy. Similar to these banana bites, there's so many other fun things to do with bananas - cover slices in dark chocolate and freeze them, put slices onto bread and add peanut butter - the list goes on! I actually love this for breakfast too, it's delicious and the perfect flavor combo!

10. Oven Roasted Chickpeas



One of the most simple, delicious, protein-packed snacks EVER. The best part about chickpeas is that you can cook them, eat them plain and put them in almost anything - they add a perfect amount of flavor and you can do so many things with them. I'll add some into my salads, sauté them with some spinach, or put them on a baking sheet and add some garlic powder/salt, pop them in the oven and enjoy them like listed here! They're delicious, SO healthy and everyone loves them! They taste like chips once you bake them (the crispier the better!) and the garlic powder adds that extra flavor that makes them golden and delicious.

What's your favorite thing to snack on when you're hungry at night (or during the day)?!
XOXO -A

29 comments:

  1. I wish I could find some of these products in Italy, they would make late night snacking so much easier and healthy!

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  2. Wow some of these look so yummy, pop corn is always a good option in my book!

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  3. You're so right about having something you can grab-and-go as being the best option! If chips or candy is easiest to grab that's what I do! I need to take your suggestions!

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  4. Popcorn is my favorite late night snack! Although I always try to brush my teeth early so I'm not as tempted to snack later.

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  5. Yesss give me all the popcorn all the time! I really want to get a popcorn popper (I'm not a fan of the microwave stuff).

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  6. all of these are great ideas. i think i eat popcorn almost every night. ever since i got pregnant an apple + pb is something i tend to eat almost daily!

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  7. Ooh! I love this list because those are all quite tasty! I love the whipped cream and berries, I actually do that a lot! and apples and peanut butter is my kids' favorite for snacks in the late afternoon!

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  9. Great ideas. I'm a lover of apples and peanut butter. There are some new options in this list to try. Thank You

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  10. I'm always looking for more healthy snack ideas! Some of these I do and love (like apples and peanut butter, popcorn, and avocado toast!) but some I have to try! I didn't know about hollow pretzels but that is a great idea.

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  11. Love all these snack ideas- so yummy! I really love Biena chickpea snacks- they come in both sweet and salty flavors and are perfect when you're craving something but still want to be healthy.

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  12. i am always suddenly starving around 11pm - it's super annoying. my favorite is apples w/peanut butter!

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  13. Oh my gosh - those Jiff poppers look amazing! Never heard of them until now.

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  14. Avocado toast is my favorite! It all looks so yummy!

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  15. All of these look so yummy! I want to get some of that bagel seasoning for my toast!

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  16. I never thought about doing chocolate whipped cream with strawberries! I'll have to try out all the other snacks you listed!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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  17. I am definitely guilty of late night snacking. I like to have raspberries because they are sweet but I don't feel guilty like when I plow through an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

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  18. Yes, fruit with peanut butter is right up my alley 🙌 and I've been enjoying having popcorn during our home movie nights now that I've realised it's really not that bad for you without butter!

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  19. mmm i eat most of this during the day haha! lots of great pregnancy options too!

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  20. Now I'm starving, thanks for that : ) Great ideas! I never thought to combine chocolate chips and pretzels. I'll have to try that!

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  21. After reading this, I'm hungry now haha. I'll definitely try some of those snacks when I'm up late studying.

    xoxo
    Sabina
    sabiithefirst.com

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  22. Okay your blog is SO cute first off! Second, i am a HUGE snack person so thank you for this post!!!

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  23. I usually go for cereal at night lol-the milk helps me sleep!

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  24. I love so many snacks on this list! :) While I don't tend to snack much at night as I usually don't stay up late I do like snacks through the day and chickpeas are a go-to for me :)

    Hope that you are having a good week so far :)

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  25. Great ideas! I have many favorites, especially those involving chocolate and peanut butter with fruit. Yum! Love your ideas!

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  26. all these look good, and i actually have popcorn!

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  27. Need to get that whip cream and some strawberries! I'm a sucker for chocolate covered strawberries as well!

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  28. whoa these all look and sound soooo much better than potato chips haha! 10000% pinning this for later - thanks for the great inspo!

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