The jury is still out on whether eating late at night leads to weight gain. But one thing is certain: if you want to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. The number of calories you consume or cut per day makes a big difference.
But when late-night hunger pangs strike, we recommend grabbing one of these 5 healthy snacks for weight loss.They are not only low in calories but taste amazing!
Banana is a sweet healthy fruit made up of quick-digestive carbohydrates. It is apt to have before bed when fast digestion is necessary to avoid weight gain. No need to cook, assemble or plate; just pick up a banana, peel it and wolf it down before heading to sleep.
Skip the butter and kick up your popcorn game a notch with sea salt and other sensational spices. You can even sprinkle in a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese just to be sure you’re still not craving the movie theater kind you’re used to. Plus, it totally fulfills your crunchy craving if you’re a typical chip eater.
3. Strawberry Shake
You’ll wake up with a slimmer stomach. For a strawberry shake sure to hit the spot while dishing up a hefty serving of protein, blend kefir, strawberries and a teaspoon of honey.
For a nutty snack, try Blue Diamond crackers (made of ground almonds), multigrain Wasa crackers, or low-fat rye mini toasts. Spread on some hummus made with olive oil for a balanced bite that won’t leave you with any late-night regret.
5. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is an amazing agent to curb your sweet cravings. But you must consume 75-80% dark chocolate for the benefits. Scientists from Denmark compared the effects of dark chocolate and milk chocolate on appetite. And they found that dark chocolate led to greater satiety, curbed the cravings to eat something sweet, and helped suppress calorie intake
6. Greek Yogurt
High in protein and low in sugar, Greek yogurt can fulfill that creamy craving you get from ice cream, but it won’t mess with your blood sugar levels like typical desserts do. We prefer buying the plain variety to avoid added sugars and then choose our own toppings like sliced fruit, a little honey, chocolate chips or cacao nibs for a little something extra.
Cherries not only satisfy your post-dinner sweet tooth; they can help you get better shut-eye, too.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that adults who drank tart cherry juice noticed improvements in sleep quality and duration. Plus, cherries are chock-full of antioxidants, which can also help fight inflammation and move the scale.
8. Peanut Butter on Whole Grain Bread
Peanut butter toast is a delicious and filling snack any time of day, but especially before bed. This peanut butter contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps put you to sleep, and the B vitamins in whole grain bread will help you absorb it. Plus, there’s a reason peanut butter is one of our best fat-burning foods; it’s a great source of plant-based protein to help you build muscle, and healthy monounsaturated fats to keep you full and blast belly fat.
Oatmeal typically makes an appearance at breakfast, but since it only takes 5 minutes to make, it can be a great snack for when you need something that truly will stick to your gut. Whole grains such as oats are high in protein and fiber and low in calories. The carbohydrates in oatmeal cause a release of the feel-good hormone serotonin in the body, which works to decrease stress and put the mind in a calmer state.
10. Frozen Berries
Freezing fruit such as berries or bananas will resemble a sorbet-like treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. They’re also rich in fiber which increases satiety, and packed with healthy vitamins and antioxidants to boot. Plus, frozen bananas can be tossed in the food processor to make a homemade “nice” cream. Then add in some frozen berries once the bananas are smooth for a delicious fruity confection.
[Read: How To Stop Overeating]