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3 Guilt-Free Healthy Pizza Alternatives

 

Hi Eva,

I'm also a pizza lover and can truly relate to your problem with late night pizza cravings.

Although some people say there's nothing wrong with eating before you go to bed as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance, I personally feel it's a bad thing to do if you want to lose weight. This is because your metabolism naturally slows down while you sleep so you don't burned up the food efficiently and it'll possibly be stored as fat.

Besides, consuming a large amount of food just before you sleep increases your risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and can also interfere with sleep quality.

If you must have something to eat before going to bed, make sure you eat healthy night snacks that won't hurt your weight loss – foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fat. So, throw out oreo cookies, potato crisps, chocolate chips, candies, ice cream, and of course, greasy fat laden traditional meat pizzas.

I've listed down some easy-to-make yet very delicious and healthy late night snack ideas that will excite your taste buds and get you started on the right track.

 

What Are Healthy Snacks to Eat at Night?

Crunchy vegetable sticks (carrot, celery, radish, cucumber) with a small serving of plain low fat yogurt, low-fat ranch dressing, or hummus (chick pea dip).

 

Apple slices with peanut butter.

 

Chilled watermelon wedges seasoned with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.

 

Microwave a sweet potato, or plain popcorn kernels.

 

Make a fruit smoothie using low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit such as peaches or berries.

 

Layer granola over yogurt and top with some grapes, strawberries or kiwifruit slices.

 

Multigrain bread with just lettuce, tomato and onion. Mushrooms and tomato on toast. Toast drizzled with a tiny amount of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with chopped basil, rosemary or thyme. Or, pumpernickel with Swiss cheese.

 

A handful of toasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, or unsalted nuts such as almonds and walnuts.

 

Low-fat cream cheese on a whole grain cracker with salmon.

 

Beat 1 egg in a microwave-safe mug and cook in the microwave oven on high for 60 seconds. Sprinkle fresh herbs, salsa, or low fat cheese. If you like, add low fat mayo and dill pickle relish to chopped hard boiled eggs to make a high protein spread.

 

 

Healthy Alternatives to Pizza

I've 3 very simple healthy pizza recipes that will give your traditional meat pizza a healthful makeover. Feel free to substitute any ingredients to meet your dietary needs.

 

1. Apple and Raisin Mini Pizzas

Fruit is one of the best healthy late night snacks you can eat, and to satisfy your uncontrollable pizza cravings, I invite you to try this quick and easy fruit mini pizza recipe. If you don't like apples, pears and pineapple rings make great toppings. Also, I suggest you use part-skim mozzarella, low-fat or nonfat cheeses, or a soy-based cheese to reduce saturated fat and cholesterol.

Place ready-to-bake mini whole wheat pizza crusts on a small tray, spread with strawberry, apricot, or any fruit preserves or jams of your choice. Sprinkle with chopped apples, raisins and shredded cheese. Bake in a pre-heated 375°F oven or toaster oven for 7-10 minutes, or until heated and cheese is melted.

 

 

2. Omelet Pizza Frittata

Another healthy alternative to traditional pizza is pizza frittata, which is also great for people on a low-carb diet. Eggs are really good snacks to eat when you're trying to shed those extra pounds because eggs makes you feel fuller for a longer period so you're less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks and overeat. Another huge plus, eggs are an incredibly cheap source of protein.

Pour beaten eggs into a non-stick hot frying pan lightly coated with vegetable oil spray. Then quickly swirl your pan around so that the eggs cover the base evenly. Tilt it and pull the egg mixture away from sides with a spatula to distribute uncooked eggs.

When you see the eggs are almost set, toss in chopped tomatoes, sliced mushrooms and mozzarella. Add a sprinkling of mixed herbs such as oregano and basil. Then put your frying pan under a hot grill. Grill until cheese is bubbling and just starting to blister.

 

 

3. Tofu Pizza

According to a significant number of research studies, eating soy protein can help weight loss and help you build lean muscle mass (compared to some other protein sources). Soy protein also has a low-glycemic index, meaning that it won't cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels after consumption. This tofu pizza will feel like a sinful indulgence but it's actually very low in fat.

Place pita bread rounds on a baking sheet. Spread with tomato paste and pizza sauce. Crumble extra firm tofu over. Top with chopped green pepper and sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with low fat cheese. Bake in a preheated 375˚F oven for 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

By Diane Hanson

I'm in desperate need of some really healthy alternatives to pizza and late night snack ideas. I've been craving for a huge thick cheesy slice of pepperoni pizza 3 days in a row, and I know I shouldn't be eating a heavy high fat/high calorie snack within the last few hours before bedtime but it's really hard for me to fight off the temptation. Any low fat healthy snack suggestions to satiate a serious late night pizza craving without sabotaging my best efforts to eat healthy and lose weight? Many thanks! – Eva, Maine.

 

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