9 Late Night Snacks to Curb Your Sugar Cravings!
We know, it’s after dinner and you’re not really hungry, BUT you’re craving something sweet… You’ve been on point ALL day with your nutrition but you just want something to kick the Cookie Monster to the door without blowing your diet today.
Late night snacking isn’t exactly the best plan of action while trying to keep the pounds off, but it happens. You’ve got to live a little, right? If we constantly tell ourselves that we can’t have something, we’re more likely to want it. So, if you’re going to snack late-night, here are some great (and healthy) options that will fill you up without filling you out!
Carrots are very “fluid-dense” (they have a good amount of water content per their size and they’ll help you feel full quickly). Carrots are also packed with a ton of nutrients (vitamins and antioxidants), so your skin will thank you, too! For extra flavor, dip carrots in some hummus!
If you’ve ever heard that eating celery burns more calories than consuming it, you’re right!! Because celery is made of mostly water and fiber, your body will expend more energy (burning more calories to metabolize it) by breaking it down than the calories contained in the food itself! How cool is that?! If you’re not a huge fan of celery, dab a little unsalted nut butter or PB2 on to add some healthy fats and protein!
At only 80 calories and 4 grams of protein, grab yourself one cup of blueberries and munch away! This tasty snack has a high water content and is packed with antioxidants that’ll make your skin glow. Snacking on blueberries will also fill you up and fight signs of aging. Now who doesn’t want that??
Raw, Unsalted Almonds:
Raw, unsalted almonds are a perfect snack packed with protein and good fats. Avoid roasted, salted or flavored almonds to keep this an “unprocessed” snack, and limit yourself to no more than about 15 almonds. Enjoy!
Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt:
Yogurt is one of the best foods snacks you can eat. It’s useful in balancing the bacteria in your gut and helping with digestion. For the most beneficial results, opt for plain, unsweetened, unflavored, low-fat yogurt. Adding flavors and “sweetness” can add a ton of sugar that will sit in your stomach over night, which can contribute to weight gain. Also, stick with low-fat yogurt instead of non-fat. When the natural fat is removed from the yogurt, other additives are put in to make it taste like regular yogurt. Those additions are not always good for your body.
Cottage cheese fantastic snack for weight management! Don’t like it plain? Try adding in blueberries and almonds for a great snack, day or night!
Hard Boiled Egg:
Eggs are a low calorie, high protein food and packed with good fat! For an easy, late-night snack, boil some eggs and store them in your fridge for easy snacks throughout the week.
The “heat” from peppers has been shown to help boast metabolism and increase your heart rate along with helping to suppress appetite. This in turn burns calories! Red peppers are an especially good choice, and if you’re in need of some extra flavor, dip peppers in hummus! Mmm!
Detoxing Red Tea:
Rooibos, also known as red tea, is equally high in antioxidants, however sourced from different substances to that of green tea. The antioxidants contained in rooibos - aspalathin and nothofagin - are comparatively rare, and help to regulate blood sugar, reduce excessive fat production, stress, and inhibit metabolic disorders. In addition to preventing heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and more, it is an accessible and effective answer to weight gain.
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We hope these tips help give you (and your sweet tooth) some healthy ways to beat those late-night sugar cravings! Next time you feel the urge to grab an unhealthy snack at night, give one of these a try! Don’t forget to tell us about it! We’d love to know what you liked and what kind of tasty combinations you can come up with!