Despite eating lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and veggies all day long, late night cravings can drive us crazy. And it is due to these late night cravings that we end up eating the most unhealthy food. And when we gorge on unhealthy food before bed our body tends to store higher amounts of body fat. So it is extremely important to eat healthy during late night cravings. Here is a list of healthy snacks that you can eat late night without worrying about calories:
1) Apple with Peanut Butter
It is as easy as it sounds. Just slice an apple and dip it with a natural peanut butter. Apple is a great source of fiber and peanut butter contains healthy fat that will give you a feeling of satiation.
2) Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich
As told above peanut butter is rich in healthy fats and promotes sleepiness. Just opt for a whole grain bread and sugar-free jelly spread to make one healthy sandwich that will not only save you from hunger pangs but will also be a delight to your taste buds
3) Fruit and Yogurt
Yogurt is a great source of calcium and promotes good sleep. Take unsweetened Greek or plain yogurt and add your favorite fruits and nuts in it. You may also add some natural organic honey to give it a sweet taste
4) Veggies with Hummus
Hummus is one of the healthiest dressings that is trending these days amongst health enthusiasts. In a blender, blend some boiled chickpeas (1 cup) with minced garlic (1 tbsp), olive oil (1 tbsp), roasted sesame seeds (1 tbsp), fresh herbs and add salt and pepper as per the taste. You can refrigerate hummus in a container for future use and have it with veggies or as a bread spread or with crackers.
Popcorn makes for the best late night snack and it does not interfere with your weight loss regime as well. 3 cups of popcorn have less than 100 calories and a good 4 gms of fiber to help you satisfy your hunger pangs. But steer clear from butter popcorns and microwave popcorns since they contain preservatives and unhealthy oils.
A nice warm bowl of oatmeal is great for late night hunger pangs. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and also keeps your cholesterol levels in check. You may cook instant oat meals with fat-free milk or almond milk, 1 tbsp of maple syrup, a pinch of cinnamon and some dried fruits.
Eggs are not just a great source of protein but they are so versatile that they can be made into some interesting snacks in no time. Keep some hard-boiled eggs in your refrigerator to make an egg salad at nights. You may also make an omelet with egg whites or an egg roll with lots of healthy veggies with some hummus or homemade dressings.