Whether your work schedule, caring for a new baby, or family life have you staying up later than normal, don’t forgo eating a healthy dinner. Late night meals aren’t the best for your waistline, but you can make healthy decisions. Here’s how to fill your stomach without tipping the scale.
Vegetarian tacos or enchiladas
Reach for some corn-based tortillas or taco shells. Fill them with lime and cilantro seasoned beans and rice. Then top the meal with an assortment of fresh, low calorie vegetables. Shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, corn chutney, or salsa are great options. Steer clear of sour cream, cheese sauces, and shredded cheese to reduce your late night meal calorie intake.
Fruit and nut salad
Think light breakfast foods to stay slim. A bowl of chopped fruits topped with a dollop pf Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of sliced nuts can be satisfying and full of vitamins. For a tropical treat, try mixing chopped pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and banana in a bowl. Top with mango-flavored Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of shredded coconut and macadamia nuts. Delicious!
If you’re reaching for a late night meal just before going to bed, opt for a warm bowl of soup. Choose a broth-based soup filled with vegetables and lean meats such as turkey, chicken, or fish. Or, go for a hot bowl of bean and meat chili. To keep calories at bay, stay away from cream-based soups or meals filled with fatty meats.
Get back to basics and make a Chinese bowl when you want a healthy late night meal. Start by making some whole grain brown rice in a rice cooker. While it steams, chop fresh vegetables and saute them in a bit of olive oil. Try a mixture of broccoli florets, sliced carrots, bamboo shoots, miniature corn cobs, chopped onion, and red bell peppers. When the vegetables are soft, toss them with a light coating of Teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, or your favorite Chinese condiment. Serve over the rice in a small bowl and enjoy.
This is one of the best ways to take the edge off your hunger while eating a healthy snack. Keep your late night meal light by filling up on a fresh green salad. Start with a base of romaine lettuce and endive. Then top the greens with your favorite vegetables and lean protein. For a Mexican flair, try using seasoned corn, black beans, chopped tomatoes, cubed avocado, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, and a bit of leftover taco meat filling to add flavor. Keep the evening meal low in calories by using just a drizzle of dressing.