At-Home Options to the Late-Night Drive Thru


Neon Sign at Late-Night Drive Thru

Driving down the road after finishing the second shift at work, you realize you didn’t eat dinner on your break. Without hesitation, you veer your vehicle into the drive thru window of the next fast food restaurant you see. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. When the late-night cravings hit, many people are allured by the neon signs at their favorite fast-food restaurants.

Undeniably, fast food is convenient and affordable. Unfortunately, regularly eating this type of fare might leave you with a few extra, and unwanted, pounds. When you need to satisfy late-night hunger pangs, consider the following at-home options.

Portobello Burger

Whenever you’re craving a burger late at night, think outside-the-box. Instead of downing a greasy, calorie laden hamburger at a fast food restaurant, indulge in a Portobello burger. After grilling a juicy, meaty Portobello mushroom, place it between two whole-wheat buns. Don’t forget to add healthy, delicious toppings such as lettuce, tomato, and pickles. 

Vegetable Omelet

After missing dinner, you might want nothing more than your favorite breakfast foods when eating late at night. To satisfy your late-night, stomach rumbles, consider making a vegetable omelet at home. The protein from the eggs will provide you with lasting energy while the fiber in the vegetables will fill you up.

Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Another protein and fiber filled snack to enjoy late at night is apple slices with peanut butter. This snack works well whenever you’re craving something sweet and salty. 

Soups 

When you want to warm and comfort your soul late at night, eat a bowl of steaming, healthy soup. Some tasty soups, such as Manhattan clam chowder, can be cooked quickly in the microwave. When selecting canned soups, look for low-sodium and low-fat options. 

When you’re hungry late at night, passing by the drive thru windows of your favorite fast food restaurants can be difficult. However, preparing a quick, healthy meal at home is definitely worth the effort.

 

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