12 Healthy Midnight Snacks from Celebrity Chefs
Top chefs share their favorite recipes for nutritious late-night nosh!
You might follow the perfect healthy diet all day long, but when late-night hunger strikes, a bad snacking decision is a quick way to throw your hard work out the window. These famous chefs reveal what they cook to satisfy their post-dinner hunger pangs, while still keeping calories in check.
"Butternut squash provides dietary fiber, which is essential for losing weight," Avanti says. "This soup is a great way to boost your fiber intake if you did not get enough throughout the day. Although it has a subtle hint of sweetness, it's low in sugar. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for reducing water retention."
1 strip bacon, diced small
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 med. onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/4 lbs. butternut squash, cubed
4 c. chicken stock or broth
2 tsp. chipotles in adobo, minced
14 oz. white sweet corn
4 tbsp. low-fat Greek yogurt
1 bunch fresh sage
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
In a large soup pot, fry bacon pieces and remove with a slotted spoon, leaving remaining bacon grease. Next, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until onions are translucent. Add squash, broth, and chipotles in adobo and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes. Add corn and continue to boil for 5 more minutes. Using an immersion blender or an upright blender, puree soup leaving some chunks or until you reach your desired consistency. Garnish with a teaspoon of Greek yogurt, a few bacon bits, and fresh sage.
Makes 8 1 1/2 c. servings.
Photo by Neil Hazle.