Body Blog: Healthify Your Late Night Eating

So we are in a little bit of a predicament, my friends. On the one hand, summer is almost here, meaning bikinis, boats, and (hopefully) cute boys to hang out with in said bikinis on said boats. On the other hand, summer is almost here (wah wah), meaning we are not only spending these weeks studying our little (or big) badonk-a-donks off, but any moment not spent studying (or stress eating) is spent drinking with our pals because hey, we only have a few more weeks left and we want to remember all those good times we spent drinking together until we didn’t remember drinking together. Ah, those times are the greatest. I think.

The only problem is that situation numero dos (the drinking/not remembering eating that entire pizza at 2am) doesn’t help us out with situation number one (bikinis and fitting our booties into one).

When we drink (and we all know this by now), we’re not only consuming a ton of calories from our friend the frozen marg, but much like that fabulous children’s book “If You Give A Moose A Muffin,” if you give me a tequila shot, I’m going to want some mac and cheese/pizza/other late night snack to go with it. And that means may-jor (Rachel Zoe voice) extra fat and calories.

Unless you have some healthier versions of your favorite tasty treats up your sleeve, which – yay! – I do.  I’ve spent some time playing around my kitchen and come up with a trusty arsenal of late night foods that satisfy the late night craving minus the late night calories. Seems too good to be true? Well, whip these up in your kitchen (or dorm room) and you’ll realize that it’s not!

Mac & Cheese:
1 pack of Tofu Shirataki noodles
2-3 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese (any flavor)

Strain the noodles, warm them in the microwave and mix in the cheese until it gets all gooey and mac and cheesy. Benefit aside from the lo cal count (these “noodles” have about 40 calories in an entire package!)? This recipe is easy enough to make while wasted.

“Pasta”
Okay so by pasta, I mean not pasta. Take any leftover or frozen veggies (I love broccoli or cauliflower), heat them up (oven, stove top or microwave depending on your level of sobriety) and toss them in some tomato sauce and a little Parmesan and you get the taste of pasta minus the muffin top. It’s a win-win.

Sweet Potato “fries”
Take one large sweet potato and slice into thin rounds, toss in a little bit of olive oil, sea salt and paprika, throw on a cooking sheet and bake for about 35 minutes.

“Chocolate” bark
I’ve written before about the amazing benefits of coconut oil – it’s really great for ya! Now I’m going to use it and give you the satisfaction of chocolate….in a healthy way! Note: Make before you go out so you can just nom nom nom when you get home.

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 packets of Stevia
1/2 tablespoon of agave (optional)

Mix the cocoa powder and Stevia, then add in the melted coconut oil. Pour onto a cookie sheet or into cupcake holders and freeze. Feel free to add a few drops of a Stevia flavor to make it even better, but you won’t need it. This stuff is decadent and tasty and will hit the late night spot.

Peanut butter
Sometimes late at night, I like to eat peanut butter on a spoon. Sometimes with jelly. Sometimes with chocolate chips and sometimes just by itself. It’s true. and it’s good, But it’s not the healthiest of late night snacks. Swap out peanut butter for Better ‘n Peanut Butter as a healthier alternative while still getting that PB taste. (It has only 100 calories per tablespoon!)  It’s especially tasty on a whole wheat pita with sliced banana on top!

For even more healthy alternatives to your favorite unhealthy snacks, click here. And if you’ve got a favorite “late night snack” swap, share it with the rest of us below! 

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