Though it might not be the best for you, occasional late-night snacking is a forgivable case. But don’t go straight for the chips and ice cream – if you feel that midnight urge coming on, you can still snack healthfully and smartly, without completely foregoing health and fitness goals. Here are some healthy late-night snacks to keep in mind next time you’re reaching for the fridge handle in the middle of the night.
Cottage cheese with live cultures is low in carbohydrates and high in protein, so it fills you up quickly. In fact, 2/3 cup of full-fat cottage cheese contains less than 6 grams of fat, which will help you feel fuller and kill cravings. Look for cottage cheese with live and active cultures to get a dose of probiotics without having to take a supplement.
Pomegranate With Greek Yogurt
Mix 2/3 cup of 2% greek yogurt with juicy pomegranate seeds for a triple threat of protein, limited carbs and powerful antioxidants.
Organic Dark Chocolate
Be honest – sometimes we all just feel like munching on a little sweet something. One of the best organic chocolate brands is Endangered Species, whose bars are vegan, gluten-free, certified organic and contain 70-percent cacao. Keep in mind to only break off a few squares and not eat the whole bar in one go.
Snacking on pistachios compared to other common snack foods like pretzels leads to more weight loss and greater reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Low-Sugar Double Chocolate Pudding
Simply mix one packet of sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding with two cups Calorie Countdown Chocolate Milk to enjoy a guilt-free way a classic chocolate treat that cuts out 14.5 grams of sugar per serving compared to regular chocolate milk.
Source: Shape Magazine