9 Best Late Night Snacks For Weight Loss

9 Best Late Night Snacks For Weight Loss

Late night tube sessions make you want to snack for many reasons: habit, boredom, distraction, all those delicious-looking food ads. Take your pick. Unfortunately, no matter the reason, they all have the potential to undermine your hard-won weight loss success. “When you overheat before bed, your body is much more likely to store those calories as fat,” says nutritionist Manuel Villacorta, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

You can still eat something, he says. It just needs to be the right snack. A couple of rules: stick to less than 300 calories—anything more is a meal. And make sure to eat it at least an hour before hitting the sack.

1 STRAWBERRY SHAKE

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Rather than reaching for the yogurt, you should get to know kefir. It’s kind of like a tangy drinkable yogurt, that—like yogurt—contains lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose, the dominant sugar in milk that gives lots of people tummy trouble. Translation: 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.

2 FROZEN BLUEBERRIES

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Freezing fruit like berries and bananas changes their texture to something close to ice cream or sorbet, a change that your sweet tooth is sure to love. Pass on the pint and reach for a cup of these berries. They’re packed with vitamins, antioxidants and more than 4 grams of fiber. For a richer snack, top them with a little light whipping cream.

3 MULTIGRAIN PRETZELS

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While we’re not huge advocates of pretzels, they hit the spot when a snacking urge strikes and nix the fat you’d get by diving into a chip bag. One ounce—about a handful—carries just over 100 calories.

4 CRACKERS

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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 CHEESE QUESADILLA

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If you tend to snack at night, be sure to stock the house with high-quality cheese with just 3-5 grams of fat per ounce. That will come in handy for this cheesy, comforting snack: Sprinkle grated low-fat cheese between a couple of high-fiber tortillas, then crisp both sides on a cast-iron skillet.

6 POPCORN

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Air-pop a bowl of popcorn to pair with your favorite talk show. Skip the butter. Use spices to add flavor or sprinkle on a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. It’s a diet pro-sanctioned snack. Whatever you do, don’t grab just any old brand from the supermarket shelves. Look in good health food stores for the best options out there.

7 GREEK YOGURT

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“It’s high protein, low in sugar, and can really fill you up,” Villacorta says. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, mix in freshly sliced fruit or a tablespoon of mini dark chocolate chips.

8 DARK CHOCOLATE

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Look for a chocolate made with at least 72% cacao. You’ll get more antioxidants, a surprising amount of fiber and less sugar than its milky cousin.

9 DRIED FIGS

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Limit yourself to three or four of these chewy, candy-like fruits. They’re packed with fiber, which will ward off further snacking. Still hungry? Pair them with a wedge of light cheese.

This article first appeared on http://www.eatthis.com/9-best-late-night-snacks-weight-loss

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