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10 healthy late night snacks

8th July 2014 by Jess

Looking for healthy snacks to curb your late night cravings? These recipes are low in calories, but high in lip-smacking satisfaction – perfect for nibbling on in the evening.

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sweet & sour almonds

If, like us, you easily succumb to the temptation of picking through the fridge after dinner, you’d may as well pick something full of protein, healthy fats and skin-clearing vitamin E.

Simple, quick, delicious - the perfect evening snack.

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vegan white chocolate

You read that correctly.

Instead of the high-calorie, high-carb treat that usually fuels your movie nights in, create your own, nutritious version in a blender.

Mix a large handful of raw coconut, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract and then blend until smooth; freeze for a naughty but nice treat.

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mint choc chip ‘ice cream’

Don’t adjust your screen; this is actually as good as it looks.

Blend two frozen bananas with a handful of mint. Add a dash of vanilla extract and vigorously mix with cacao nibs.

These small-but-mighty nibs are one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, the mineral that powers hundreds of biochemical processes in your body.

Think of that while you munch on this delicious ice cream substitute tonight!

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fruit 'n’ nut chocolate bites

A great evening snack for nights in with friends and those pyjama parties for one.

Fire up your stove and heat 8 tbsp coconut butter (available at most local health food shops, but feel free to substitute with 6 tbsp pumpkin puree), 4 tbsp honey, 8 tbsp cacao powder.

Mix over a low heat and add chopped nuts and dried fruit.

Freeze in a shallow dish until set, then all that’s left is to do is smash the tray up – and get chocolate all over your face, of course.

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pimped out water

Something refreshing to accompany your sweet treats: chop up cucumber and mint, add to a jug with water, let it sit overnight. Simple!

For lemonade add sparkling water, fresh lemon juice and stevia or honey. Both of these make staying hydrated and healthy much less of a chore. So put down the soda and choose this much more healthy late night snack!

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green smoothie popsicles

If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge in ice-lollies on those long summer evenings, here’s one that the, erm, kids will love.

The colour is more than just an eye-catcher: the nutrients that create the green tint have an anti-oxidising effect on your body, keeping your immune system in check.

Simply blend your favourite fruits and green veg, and freeze in lolly moulds (aim for two part fruit, one part veg). Voila - a fruity and refreshingly healthy evening snack.

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banana lollies

Looks too good to be true, tastes too good to be healthy!

Chop bananas into thirds and place them onto skewers before dipping into melted dark chocolate; roll in crushed walnuts and freeze.

Aside from being a fun snack that kills late night cravings, these also offer some serious health benefits: eating walnuts regularly has been linked to a longer lifespan, as has – wait for it – eating dark chocolate.

You’re welcome.

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frozen yoghurt bites

If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, this is the most-sophisticated after dinner snack around.

Grab a bunch of grapes (we recommend red, if you’re into the disease-fighting effects of the resveratol in their skin). Mix them into low fat yoghurt and arrange neatly on a freezable dish. Throw them in the freezer and remove after a few hours.

Et voila, a surprisingly delicious snack for those hot evenings - and equally good for 'British’ weather. Speaking of which…

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bedtime latte

Brew yourself a comforting hot drink to warm you up during the colder evenings.

Make up a decaf espresso, then blend 1 tbsp coconut oil, 200ml coconut milk, 1 tsp cinnamon and ¼ tsp chilli powder, then add the coffee to the mixture.

This creates a frothy drink just like a latte, which warms you from the inside out with its rich, spicy flavour.

It’s also brimming with healthy fats, which help you to better absorb vitamins, in case you needed another reason to indulge in this healthy after dinner treat!

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pie, but not as you know it

Now we’re going to get utterly indulgent.

Blend equal parts nuts or seeds (almonds or walnuts work best) with dates, and press firmly into a baking dish. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the crust begins to brown.

Now for the fun part: fill it with whatever tickles your fancy – yoghurt, berries, dried fruits, the choice is yours!

Drizzle with honey for a sweet solution to all of your late night snack cravings.

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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