10 Best Nighttime Snacks For Weight Loss

10 Best Nighttime Snacks For Weight Loss

Published on June 12, 2015
  |By Stephanie Eckelkamp
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It's 11pm and you're ravenous-like, stomach-eating-itself ravenous. But everything you've read tells you that late-night snacks are a no-no, especially if you want to lose weight. Well, we've got some good news: Eating a little something-something after dinner doesn't have to douse your bikini dreams.
Instead, if you craft a modestly portioned treat with the right combo of macronutrients, you can eat at night. "It's a snack, not a meal so keep it under 200 calories, and make sure it has some healthy carbs from sources like fruit or plain yogurt, along with some protein," says Jen McDaniel, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Carbs can assist with sleep, while eating protein before bed helps you maintain muscle mass, which is key if you're trying to lose weight." (Another key to losing weight? Regulating the hormones that fuel your appetite and metabolism. Learn how to balance your hormones for weight loss in The Hormone Reset Diet.)

Here are 10 late-night snacks that fit the bill:
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2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 oz. (4 dice-sized cubes) cheese

2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 oz. (4 dice-sized cubes) cheese

3/4 cup plain yogurt topped with 1/2 cup blueberries

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1/2 whole-grain pita spread with hummus

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal made with 1/2 scoop unsweetened protein powder

1 banana spread with 1 Tbsp nut butter

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1/2 cup cottage cheese mixed with 1/4 cup pineapple

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Sliced veggies dipped in 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt dip or hummus

Simple smoothie: Blend 1 cup plain kefir with 1/2 cup frozen fruit like peaches, berries, or mango. (Also consider these 10 slimming smoothie recipes.)

Whole grain crackers (we like Wasa Crispbreads, with just 60 calories each) topped with 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey

1 slice whole-grain raisin toast spread with 1 Tbsp nut butter

This article "10 Best Nighttime Snacks For Weight Loss" originally published on Prevention.com.

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