Here is a common predicament that maybe you, too, have found yourself facing.


“I’m trying to cut back on unhealthy desserts, and especially late-night snacking and desserts. What could I snack on instead that would be a healthier option?”

Protein and/or fat-containing foods would be my number one recommendation.
Some ideas for you:

  • a can of sardines
  • an avocado drizzled with olive oil
  • a few slices of turkey/chicken (of course organic, hormone-free, nitrite and nitrate-free would be ideal)
  • full-fat cottage cheese

The protein and fat would serve to help provide satiety and a feeling of satisfaction after eating — and hopefully ensure no hunger pangs while asleep (that’s the worst!).

“But what if I want something sweet?”

Ok, I get it. Maybe you’re not in the mood for another savory snack after dinner, and you’ve got a hankering for an actual dessert — but know that you shouldn’t really go for that pint of ice cream calling out your name in the freezer.

If that’s you, consider these healthier alternatives:

  • half an apple spread with a spoonful of your favorite nut butter (almond, walnut, cashew, or coconut)
  • a protein shake (one ingredient and with no-added sweetener is ideal: hemp, whey, pea, or collagen peptides are some options) — add a handful of berries, frozen cherries, half an avocado (for creaminess and for healthy and filling fats), and/or açai for some additional sweetness that also delivers micronutrients and antioxidants.
  • baked apples with cinnamon (slice an apple into thin slices, bake in toaster oven or regular oven sprinkle with cinnamon and melted coconut butter for an extra nutrient-boost)
  • yogurt or yogurt-alternatives (topped with a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or sliced figs)
  • a cup of sweeter-tasting herbal tea (naturally sweet with no-added sugars, of course, such as: licorice, peppermint, rose-flavored Tulsi, rooibos, cinnamon) — make a latte out of it by adding your favorite milk or milk-alternative (which will also serve to fill you up more and curb any cravings)

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Mike is a holistic nutritionist that helps people feel more optimistic about their health and wellness through changes in diet and lifestyle shifts.

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