Perhaps the last thing you’d want to hear after getting back from the holiday break is that you got fat. Lest you lose your cool and flip a table in frustration, why not take a preventive measure and eat healthy even while you’re on vacation. If you find yourself craving for something in the wee hours of the night, make an effort to snack on bites that are not just satisfying but are healthy as well. Here are some tasty and healthy midnight snack options you can cop for when your stomach starts growling in the middle of the night.
1. Chia Seed Pudding
Foreseeing yourself coming home late because of the endless parties? If so, then mix almond milk, chia seeds, mango slivers, sliced bananas, honey and muesli in a bowl then leave it in the fridge overnight. By the time you get home after a long day of partying, you’ll have a guilt-free snack to satiate your sweet tooth.
2. Stir-Fried Quinoa
Instead of ordering your usual Chinese takeout, opt for this healthy and tasty snack option. Cooking this meal just takes 10 minutes tops – all you’ve got to do is cook any leftover quinoa into a pan with tamari sauce (a gluten-free soy sauce), an egg, a bit of onion, cilantro and fresh pepper, and then stir-fry until it suits your taste.
3. Over-Baked Zucchini
Replace your greasy, fried potato chips with this healthy alternative. Simply bread thinly-sliced zucchini with wheat breadcrumbs, fat-free milk and parmesan cheese, then bake it in your oven. Serve it alongside a healthy dip, such as the next snack option.
4. Cashew Dip
Thinking of what dip to pair with your zucchini chips? Then opt for a cashew dip, instead of your regular cheese or mayo dip. Just boil a cup of cashews in water, strain them, and then mix in some onion powder, olive oil, sea salt, thyme, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and tamari to create a dip that tastes like your usual nacho cheese dip sans the calories.
5. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Who doesn’t love fries? But instead of indulging on the greasy snack this holiday season, opt for its healthier version – roasted sweet potatoes. All you’ve got to do is toss some sliced sweet potatoes in paprika, salt and olive oil then let it cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 450F. With that, you get to enjoy sweet potatoes the healthier way.
Eating healthy during the holidays isn’t as difficult as you think. So enjoy a healthier holiday season by swapping your usual midnight snacks with these healthier snacking options.