As you go about your diet plan, one thing that you may find yourself struggling with from time to time is late night snacking. You’re at home, bored, often alone, and there really isn’t much to do. Except snack, that is.
But, if you want to see successful weight loss on your diet plan, you must find a way to either overcome this late night snacking habit, or choose wisely so that it doesn’t cause an offset to your progress.
The important thing to remember is that you can have a late night snack as long as the calories are accounted for. If, on the other hand that late night snack causes you to over consume over and above your desired calorie intake for the day, then it’s definitely not going to move you along the road to progress.
The following healthy late night snacks will help you see results because not only are they lower in calories, but they’re loaded in nutrients that will help to calm your hunger so that you feel satisfied after eating them and don’t go reaching for more.
Here are 7 healthy late night snacks to satisfy your late night cravings:
1. Yogurt with flaxseeds
The first healthy late night snack to consider is yogurt with some flaxseeds added in. This snack is great because it’s going to give you a nice blend of proteins, carbohydrates, along with healthy dietary fats that will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable into the overnight fasting period.
Aim for half a cup of yogurt along with 2 tbsp of flaxseeds and you’ll only be taking in around 200 calories with this snack.
2. Cottage cheese with peanut butter
Next up on our list of snacks for the late-night period is cottage cheese along with natural peanut butter. Cottage cheese is a quality source of casein protein, which means it will digest for hours in the body, delivering a steady stream of amino acids to your muscle tissues.
For those who are doing hard workouts daily, this is important for good muscle building and repair.
The peanut butter that you have along with the cottage cheese will help to slow the digestion even further, so you won’t wake up hungry.
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3. Scrambled egg
If you’re looking for a quick, healthy late night snack, try an egg white scramble. Scramble up some egg whites along with a little bit of low fat cheese and then top with salsa for added flavor.
This snack will only come in around 150-200 calories and will be filled with quality protein that your muscles need.
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4. Peanut butter celery sticks or apple
Peanut and other nut butter are a rich source of healthy fats as well as protein and the celery hardly contains any calories at all. Alternatively, you can have an apple or other fruit with your favourite nut butter.
This healthy late night snack should only come in at around 150 calories as well, so it’s easily added to any diet plan.
5. Fruits and/or nuts
Fruits are packed with nutrients and fiber, while nuts are high in protein and healthy fats. Both of them are great healthy late night snacks.
Nuts: almonds, pecans, macadamias, walnuts
Note: Nuts are high in calories, so limit your serving to a handful of them.
Instead of having a piece of fruit or some nuts, you can combine, say a bowl of berries with a handful of almonds/walnuts.
6. Cottage cheese
Mix cottage cheese with nuts and berries (or other fruits) for a high protein, healthy late night snack.
7. Protein bars
Low carb protein bars are a healthy alternative to candy bars for satisfying your late night cravings. Make sure you select those that are high in protein and fiber to keep you satiated.
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