Something about the siren call of your stomach grumbling just hits different after a certain hour. Long after you've cleared the dinner dishes and lunch feels like a distant memory, sometimes you just need a little something to tide you over until breakfast. But just because the sun has long since set doesn't mean you have to relegate yourself to raiding the packaged snacks or picking over leftovers in the harsh light of the refrigerator. We've rounded up some of our favorite healthy munchies that will satisfy your hankering for a little something, no matter what the clock says.
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Copycat Smartfood Popcorn
Go for whole-grain popcorn that will fill you up and keep you that way. If you like the cheesy goodness of Smartfood, make your own at home with this copycat version. Pop the popcorn in an air popper to cut down on fat.
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Homemade No-Tahini Hummus
Never buy another tub of the store-bought stuff again after you master this garlicky, lemony, perfectly satisfying hummus. It doesn't call for tahini or any added oil, so it's also a lighter choice, especially if you reach for carrot sticks, celery, zucchini, and bell peppers for dipping.
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Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
With more protein than chips or pretzels, crispy chickpeas make a great snack when you want something with crunch to quiet your stomach before bed. With some cumin, garlic, paprika, and cayenne, these have just enough spice to keep things interesting and also taste great as a salad or grain bowl topper.
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Air Fryer Ranch Kale Chips
When only something crunchy will do, air fry up a bunch of kale. It has lots of healthy nutrients and packs a crispy punch. Sprinkling it with a blend of garlic, onion and dill powders and nutritional yeast gives it a savory ranch flavor that will have you reaching for another handful.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Easy Black Bean Salsa
Instead of jarred salsa and chips, throw together this easy black bean salsa for more protein and complex carbs. Try dipping slivered pita for less fat, or raw veggies for extra nutrition and that coveted crunch.
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Lightly salted soybeans, or edamame, often appear on menus as an appetizer but they also make a filling and fun snack. Tossing them in a little spicy sauce makes them even more exciting. Either fresh or frozen soybeans work in this recipe.
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Grain-Free Energy Bars
Make your own energy bars to control the ingredients and save a few bucks to boot. This grain-free version uses nut butters for lots or protein, dates for natural sweetness, and almonds and walnuts for texture. Add other favorite mix-ins to customize your bars.
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Hear us out: Deviled eggs often appear on picnic and appetizer spreads, but they don't take much time to make, taste like summer any time, and bring more nutrition to the plate than many prepared snacks. That makes them a great snack, and one you can customize with toppings like scallions, dill, paprika, or even bacon crumbles.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups
With less fat than a plate of wings, these Buffalo Chicken roll ups start with a rotisserie chicken for easy preparation. And with fewer than 10 ingredients, you may already have the rest of what you need in the fridge.
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Baked Apple Chips
When you need something sweet, apple chips will hit the spot with less sugar and fat than baked goods. They taste nice on their own, as a dip for caramel sauce or sweet hummus, or even in place of croutons atop a salad.
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Black Bean and Hummus Wraps
With creamy hummus, protein-rich black beans, bell pepper, mushrooms, corn, and spinach, these vegetarian wraps make a filling lunch, breakfast, or late-night snack. Make them ahead, wrap them in foil, and freeze so you can just pull one out and reheat when the feeling strikes.
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Mini Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
Baked in muffin tins, spinach and mushroom quiches not only work great as a healthy snack, but you can make a big batch and store them in the freezer until you need them. Try dipping a couple in salsa for extra zip.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Paleo, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and low-carb, turkey jerky makes a satisfying snack. Dehydrate your own to control the flavor and texture. It does take some time, so plan ahead to have it ready when hunger strikes.
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Made with almond flour, xanthan gum, and coconut sugar, these keto-friendly pretzels work great for those on keto or gluten-free diets. They have the same soft and bready texture as the classic, and don't need to rise so they come together quickly.
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Banana "Ice Cream"
Satisfy your sweet tooth with "ice cream" made from frozen bananas for a lower-sugar, gluten-free, non-dairy dessert. Top it with some nondairy whipped cream, chopped nuts, a drizzle of chocolate, or whatever treats you like.
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Milk and Cereal Bars
High-protein Greek yogurt and whole-grain cereal combine in these simple, healthy cereal and milk bars that work equally well for a late-night treat as they do for breakfast. Use any kind of cereal you like and add seeds or nuts for extra crunch.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Mixed Berry Smoothie
Smoothies aren't just for breakfast or post-workout anymore. Endlessly versatile, you can pack a lot of nutrition into one little glass, and they also help use up those fruits and veggies languishing in the crisper. Just be courteous about your neighbors when using the blender after hours.
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With their wealth of healthy fats, let avocado toast on whole-grain bread join your menu after breakfast time. Sprinkle some crushed red pepper, feta cheese, a squirt of lemon juice, or even everything bagel seasoning on top before serving.
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Vegan Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Wings
If you just have to have Buffalo wings, toss roasted cauliflower in spicy sauce for a similar flavor and far less fat. Cauliflower gets soft and sweet when roasted, which makes it an excellent dupe for chicken.
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries
With no frying, baked sweet potato fries have less fat and more phytonutrients than your traditional French fries. Sprinkle these with a blend of cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper for a zippy flavor – no dip required.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Honey Roasted Peanuts
While high in calories, peanuts make a smart snack because they also have lots of protein and fiber, so they'll fill you up quickly. Roasting your own in a sweet honey and cinnamon mixture will give you a tasty snack that's also great for gifting.
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Homemade Veggie Chips
Making your own veggie chips means you can choose your own adventure: Bake or fry them, use pretty heirloom potatoes, carrots, beets, and root vegetables, and sprinkle them with your favorite seasonings for a perfectly customized snack.
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Air Fryer Onion Rings
Make onion rings in your air fryer for a crispy, crunchy snack that comes out lighter than the oil-fried version. This recipe also comes together quickly, perfect for whipping up when that late-night hunger hits.
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Instead of ordering in, throw together some pizza crostini for a healthier, cheaper option. Top them however you like: red sauce and cheese, roasted bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped pepperoni, and even crumbled vegan sausage all taste fantastic.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Baked Cheesy Spinach Balls
Bake up these crispy, cheesy spinach balls ahead of time, stash them in the freezer, and pull out a handful when you need a little pick-me-up. They have lots of iron, protein, and that savory flavor that will really hit the spot.
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Vegan Baba Ganoush
Made with tahini, roasted eggplant, chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, baba ganoush has flavor for days. Slice up some carrots, celery, zucchini, and bell pepper for dipping or try baked or air fried pita chips.
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For a cooling summer snack, stuff cucumber slices with a simple pesto made of sundried tomatoes, parmesan, and almonds. It looks elegant, takes just a few minutes, and will make even TV time feel like an occasion.
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Use up excess zucchini from your garden by turning it into a healthy, crunchy baked snack. These crispy rounds taste great dipped in tzatziki, ranch, marinara, or by themselves.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Keto Tortilla Chips
For a low-carb crunchy snack, make these keto tortilla chips out of almond flour, cheese, and flaxseed meal. This recipe makes about enough for two people, but it scales up easily.
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Baked Avocado Chips
Turn avocados into baked chips for a satisfying snack that also has all of the nutrition of the ovoid fruit. Flip the script by serving them with dip or enjoy them by the handful.