Healthy Midnight Snacks (And More!)

by Elizabeth Shaw -


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If you ever find yourself particularly craving something late at night, but don’t want to pack on nighttime induced pounds, then here are some simple, healthy snacks to try:

  • 1 medium banana + 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 medium apple + 1 ounce low-fat cheese
  • 1/4 cup black beans + 1 small corn tortilla
  • 1 cup blueberries + 6 to 8 ounces plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup carrot sticks + 3 tablespoons hummus

Here also is the first of several recipes that are supposed to help you cut back on fat, sodium and cholesterol. They look delish as well!

Garlicky Greek Salad Pizza Recipe
Makes 6 servings

For the dough:
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp lukewarm water (105º F to 115º F)
1 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups plus 3-4 Tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp honey
2 1/2 tsp olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp salt
Cooking spray
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

For the salad:
4 cups chopped romaine
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/3 cup chopped red onion
5 kalamata olives, drained and coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
2 ounces crumbled fat-free feta cheese

1. In a small bowl, combine the water and yeast, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 1?2 cups all-purpose flour, the whole-wheat flour, honey, 1?2 tsp oil, and the salt.

3. When the yeast is ready, add it to the flour mixture, stirring until the dough starts to pull away from the side of the bowl. (You may need extra flour.)

4. Using the remaining 3-4 Tbsp all-purpose flour to lightly flour a flat surface. Turn out the dough. Knead for 5 minutes, gradually adding enough of the final 1?4 cup all-purpose flour to make the dough smooth and elastic. (The dough shouldn’t be dry or stick to the surface. You may not need any of the final 1?4 cup all-purpose flour, or you may need all of it if the dough is sticky.)

5. Lightly spray a separate large bowl and a piece of plastic wrap large enough to cover the top of the bowl with cooking spray. Transfer the dough to the bowl, turning to coat with the cooking spray. Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap, with the sprayed side down. Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place (about 85º F) for about an hour, or until doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down. Using a small amount of all-purpose flour, lightly flour a flat surface. Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a large pizza stone or baking sheet. Let the dough stand for 10 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425º F.

7. In a small bowl, whisk together the oregano, 2 tsp oil, the garlic, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

8. Bake the pizza dough for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

9. Meanwhile, in a third large bowl, make the salad: Toss together the romaine, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, olives, and oregano. Transfer the mixture to a cutting board. Using a large chef’s knife, chop the mixture into bite-size pieces. Return to the bowl. Add the lemon juice and olive oil to the salad, tossing to coat.

10. When the crust is baked, remove from the oven. Immediately brush with the oregano mixture.

11. Arrange the salad on the crust. Sprinkle with the feta.

Per serving (1 slice): 295 cal; 5.5 g fat (1 g saturated); 53 g carbs; 4 g sugar; 400 mg sodium; 5 g fiber; 10 g protein

Source: Women’s Health Magazine-Healthy Midnight SnacksGarlicky Greek Salad Pizza

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