Hiya everybody, and happy Friday Eve!
I received a request from a friend last week to do a post on sweet and healthy snack ideas for after dinner. I thought this would be a fun excuse to share with you some of my go-to’s!
Whenever I’m still feeling hungry in the evening, I usually gravitate towards a sweet snack over a savory one. Instead of reaching for tons of unnecessary processed sugar, I like to have something that’s naturally sweet and nutritious. I almost always incorporate some healthy fat into my snack to make it more filling and satisfying.
While many nights a simple scoop of nut butter will do, sometimes you just need a little bit more.
Because nothing is worse than crawling into bed, getting cozy, and your stomach growling 10 minutes later… 😉
Nut butter & fruit
This is my #1 go-to nighttime snack. Fruit and nut butter are like the dream team… They can do no wrong! My favorite thing to do is put half of a sliced banana, some frozen berries, and a spoonful of nut butter into a mug and heat it in the microwave for 50-ish seconds. Everything gets all melty and delicious… You’ll be in heaven, trust me.
Cashew butter with chocolate chips
This is my go-to when my sweet tooth is really banging, and it has yet to fail. I promise you – a spoonful of salty-sweet cashew butter + a few chocolate chips tastes just like a spoonful of cookie dough… Minus the stomach ache.
Greek yogurt with fun toppings
I used to eat this all the time before my lactose sensitivity kicked in. Mix together some plain greek yogurt with stevia or honey and add in some toppings like fruit, nuts, nut butter, granola, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, etc… The options are endless! And it’s basically like fro-yo. 😉
Banana ice cream
This is a nice little treat when you are craving ice cream! Simply throw some ripe frozen bananas into the blender or food processor and whirl. Feel free to add a dash of almond milk, peanut butter, or cocoa powder to take things up a notch!
Frozen dark chocolate squares
Another option for chocolate lovers. Freezing the chocolate really enhances the flavor and makes you take your time and enjoy the piece more slowly. Win and win!
Healthy hot cocoa
This is my favorite thing to do in the winter. Heat up some almond milk in the microwave, then stir in some cocoa powder, stevia, and cinnamon. This is especially perfect for those nights when you’re not hungry for a snack, but are still craving a little sweetness.
In case you haven’t noticed, I LOVE healthy fats, and eating more of them in general has significantly decreased the verocity of my sweet tooth… Perhaps a post on this to come?
I hope you enjoy! 🙂