15 Clean Eating Snacks for Late Night

The healthy way to do chips, candy, and popcorn!

Bell Pepper Candy

Late night doesn’t have to mean chips, soda, and pizza. These healthy snacks are just as satisfying without wrecking your diet.

Health is 20% exercise and 80% diet. It’s easy to justify a gigantic slice of decadent chocolate cake with a run through the park, but in reality, you can’t outrun a bad diet. Chips, cookies, candy, and pizza do more damage than you think. The popular fatty snacks increase your waistline and wreak serious havoc on your body. Trans fats and cholesterol build up in your arteries; added sugar causes glucose spikes; excess fat, toxins, and preservatives tax your body and can accumulate over time. In the long term, these consequences of a bad diet can build up to heart disease and diabetes.

A balanced diet is key. It’s perfectly fine to indulge in treats and desserts on special occasions. Treating yourself once in a while can help you maintain a positive body image and a healthy relationship with food. Diet-related diseases are rarely caused by occasional treats. Rather, they are caused by years of bad eating habits. These include frequent pizza dinners, daily sugary treats, and, of course, late night snacking.

As part of a healthy diet, it’s important to incorporate healthy snacks. These 15 clean eating snacks have all the decadence of late night treats with none of the guilt. They’re made with wholesome ingredients and minimal processing. Sit back, relax, and munch away on these clean eating healthy snacks!

1. Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Popcorn can be a surprisingly healthy snack. Just skip the extra butter and top with some clean ingredients.

2. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Oven-Baked-Sweet-Potato-Tots-Recipe (1)
This healthy alternative to traditional tater tots is lower in calories and fat. They’re made with sweet potatoes and seasoned with cinnamon, curry, and red pepper for a truly flavorful treat. Who knew tater tots could be healthy snacks?

3. Zucchini Blondies

Zucchini Blondie Recipe
These zucchini blondies are a great way to sneak veggies into your diet. They’re the perfect cross between zucchini bread and buttery blondies.

4. Easy Zucchini Fritters

Baked Zucchini Fritters
Get even more zucchini with these crispy, crunchy fritters. Top them with your favorite seasoning and you’ve got a snack that will beat potato chips any day!

5. Oven Baked Zucchini Chips

Oven Baked Zucchini Chips
For a final zucchini snack, try these homemade oven baked chips. They’re miles better than anything you can get from a vending machine.

6. Southwestern Kale Chips

Southwestern Kale Chips
You can also make homemade veggie chips by baking fresh kale into a crunchy, savory treat.

7. Asparagus Fries

Asparagus Fries Recipe
Better than french fries, these tasty asparagus are breaded with crumbs and parmesan cheese. Delicious!

8. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Can you believe a treat this sweet is actually good for you? Strawberries are a wonderful low-calorie, low-sugar fruit. Cover them with a thin layer of clean-eating chocolate and you have tasty, healthy snacks you can share (or not).

9. Smoked Salmon and Arugula Rolls

Smoked Salmon and Arugula Rolls
Fancy-looking but surprisingly easy to make, you can assemble these rolls in your kitchen quickly and with minimal clean up. They’re perfect for some lazy late night cooking!

10. Easy Whole Grain Pita Chips

Make a batch of these chips to keep on hand and you won’t be tempted to reach for processed chips. They’re the perfect clean eating alternative to salty snacks.

11. Apple Nachos Supreme

Apple Nachos Supreme
This sweet dessert version of a nacho platter is made with juicy apple slices, chocolate, pecans, and gooey caramel sauce.

12. Pan Roasted Candied Pecans

Pan Roasted Candied Pecans
Packaged flavored nuts often come with an extensive list of ingredients. Keep things clean and simple by flavoring nuts at home! Sea salt, honey, and vanilla are all you need to make this tasty treat.

13. Chili Lime Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

For a savory treat, try these chili-lime pumpkin seeds. Use your hot sauce of choice to make them as spicy as you want!

14. Pretzel Stacks

Who says grownups can’t play with their food? Channel your inner lego-loving kid and stack some pretzels, banana slices, and chocolate chips.

15. Bell Pepper Candy

Bell Pepper Candy
Forget factory-made gummies! These bell pepper candies are just as satisfying and are made with two simple ingredients: red bell pepper slices and pure maple syrup.

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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