Healthy Late Night Snacks

Healthy Snack
Healthy Snack

Late Night Hungries!

Well, it’s the New Year and just about ‘everyone’ is on some kind of health kick or diet for the new year, including me.

And like everyone else I have to try to find healthy snacks, particularly after dinner.

And like everyone else I get those late night hungries all the time and it’s hard to be good at night. Lays potato chips are always calling my name and I have to be ever conscious of the snack and the salt. 🙁

Since I’ve been on blood pressure medicine I’ve had to make a few changes to the diet like leaving out the late night potato chips and salt. 🙁 BooHoo!

But I have found some tasty substitutes that I enjoy as healthy late night snacks.

Now everyone knows it’s not good for you to eat late night snacks, of course, unless the snack is healthy!  Also, just to stay on track, don’t eat anything after 10 p.m. too.  Here’s one of my favorites and I thought I’d share my recipe.

Barbara’s Pickling Cucumber Special Salad.

  • 2 Pickling Cucumbers (the small ones – they taste sweet and are really good)
  • 1/2 tomato or 4-5 grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup baby organic carrots
  • 1 slice of onion (optional) but I like a little bite to mine
Salad dressing of your choice, however, I make my own. Light olive oil, vinegar, Italian, organic package dressing.
If you choose a salad dressing, make sure it’s ‘lite’ or better yet, make your own.
And yes…you’ve noticed…I didn’t add lettuce of any kind.  You can certainly add lettuce, but I like it without.

It takes 5 minutes to fix it and throw in a bowl and you get a healthy late night snack!  Yum!

You can also use this during the day, take it for lunch or have with your evening dinner.  It’s light and just perfect for something in between meals, if you feel the need to have one.

Me, I love salads so it was easy to transition from snacks to salad and it’s better for my health.

Finding healthy late night snacks help you stay healthy particularly people like me who use these types of snacks to go from pre-diabetic state to non-diabetic.

If you try it and like it, come back and leave a comment and let me know.  Better yet, can you share what you like for snacks after dinner.

Hope you enjoy.


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    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      Yep, it’s delicious. I’m a salad person too. The biggest issue is finding a low-fat, less oily salad dressing. Always a challenge. Try it for lunch. Let me know what you think and if you like it.

      Have a great week,

  1. says

    Hi Barbara,

    That sure was YUM 🙂

    I guess I need to forward this to my sister, as shes more of a late night snack-eater too, and she LOVES her chips! Yes, that leads to high blood pressure and weight issues too. Makes sense to switch to something healthy, just like the salad you mentioned, or even a fruit.

    We usually have dinner around 9 or so, and nothing after that, and now I am planning to sleep early, though still got to get to really do that…lol…and if one manages to do that, the snacking is taken care of, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • says

      Hi Harleena,

      LOL! Sounds like me and your sister have a greal deal in common! POTATO CHIPS ROCK! 😉 I was pre-diabetic so I definitely needed to cut back on the chips and carbs so I had to look for other healthy foods, hence my salad. I have more recipes as well.

      You eat dinner, like I do, around 9. Sometimes don’t get in until that time and need to eat because I probably had lunch at 1. Way too much time in between to eat, but schedules happen, as does life events that keep us from eating regularly. As Sandy says, we must be careful when we eat however and to make sure we don’t eat at least an hour before bedtime.

      Enjoy the salad – taste great and salad is definitely healthy.
      Take care,

      Be sure to pass along to her

  2. says

    That’s certainly an interesting late night snack Barbara. It’s definitely one that won’t spike your blood sugar or pile on the pounds which is good. But, with my nutritionist hat on, wanting to eat late at night usually means that you haven’t got your ratios of fat, carbs and protein right at your last meal. A bit of experimentation is good to do. Eating a little later could help too. If you do snack then it’s best to allow at least an hour before going to sleep to let it digest.
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    • says

      Thanks Sandy for the tips. For me, late night might be 9. I guess it depends on a person’s schedule. The post is meant for those of us who put in 16 hour days. And although I know, from a dieting perspective, we should not eat after 10 (at the latest), sometimes I get in at 10 p.m. after leaving the house at 6 or 6:30 a.m. So something nutritious is necessary. Our lifestyles sometimes dictate how we eat. And even if we eat regular meals all day, sometimes due to schedule, you may need to get that extra meal (working on 6 meals a day) to complete it. Again, that might be 9 or so for me.

      I would hope no one is eating after that time. 🙂 And yes, thanks for the tip that to eat at least an hour before going to sleep. Good tip for anyone eating later in the evening.

      Thanks for the tips.

  3. says

    Hey Barbara,

    It’s almost late night and I love this recipe! I broke down tonight and sent David out for Ice Cream. I haven’t had Ice Cream in months!!! The Guilt is all over me. So I come to this post and just have to say Thank YOU!

    I do need to prepare some late night snacks for myself and this is a great one.

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    • says

      Hi Donna,

      You’re funny! I get it. Sometimes Ice Cream calls my name from the grocery store! LOL! The trick is to eat something you enjoy. Preparing those late night healthy snacks will definitely help. Lisa and Kelli had some additional goodies that you could add to make it more filling and healthy. 🙂

      Be well and talk soon,
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  4. says

    Hi Barbara,
    I have to be honest, I don’t do low fat or no fat any more. I do full fat. I realized sugar is really our enemy. Fat satiates our palates, where sugar just makes us addicted and wanting more. Sorry – my opinion and what I’ve studied. So I can’t help you with low fat options. I say get some olive oil, avocado oil, avocado, nuts, seeds in there. The healthy fats.

    So what I would do is make the salad you made, add maybe some sunflower or pumpkin seeds, maybe some chia (will do really good for hydration throughout the night) and a couple slices of avocado to make us feel full, satiated, get some fats in there that will repair while we sleep.

    Opposite of what we are so used to, may work for some, may not. But that’s what’s cool about individuality. We have to just try to see what works for us. xoxo Lisa
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    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      Fully understand. I actually cook only with olive oil, light. The dark taste (and smells) to me ‘too heavy.’ I like the suggestion to add seeds. Seeds I can do. Nuts I can’t do. Nut allergies to specific nuts so I have to be careful. Last summer I ate a salad at a summer picnic and I started to swell at the table. My daughter saw my face and asked if there were nuts in the salad! Bingo! Almonds, I am highly contagious. And she had put slivers of almonds in. I didn’t even taste it! Anyway, some seeds will be good. Love that idea. Also like the avacado idea!

      Great suggestions and thanks so much.

  5. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Happy new year as it is my first visit here for the year.

    Yum that sounds great. As we are having a hot summer here we are pretty much living on salads. It is great to get another recipe.

    Have a great week.

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  6. says

    HI Barbara,

    Now this is what i call an absolutely helpful blog post. I was getting bored of eating those biscuits late night when hunger calls. I would rather request my wife to keep the cucumber (we always have stock of it at home) salad ready in the fridge. It is healthy too and your tummy feels lighter.

    Thanks for the share.

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  7. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Hope you had a great holidays and happy new year to you.

    That recipe sounds yummy and I love salads. Usually when I get hungry late at night, I eat a fruit but it is good to change and have a simple salad like this one, once in a while.

    Thanks Barbara for sharing!! Have a great week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

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    • says

      Hi Neamat,

      How are you? Hope you are well and Happy New Year to you!

      I’ll actually do fruit at night too. I like mango sorbet when I get a taste for fruit. That takes care of the ice cream craving as well as the fruit craving. I’ll have to check the calories though.

      Be well and good to see you here again. Anything new and interesting for you? Please share. How you doing?

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