People have been saying for years that late-night snacking is bad for you especially if you are trying to lose weight. However, that is not true, in order to lose weight you need to be in a caloric deficit. This means you should be consuming fewer calories than you are burning so you can lose weight. That is why I love finding healthy late night snacks for losing weight that does not make me feel guilty or bloated in the morning.
The most important thing for late snacking when you are trying to lose weight is the portions that you are having. Well, that goes for every meal basically when you are working towards your fitness goals.
You want to make sure you’re not consuming too many calories in one sitting or you will not abe to stay in a caloric deficit, which is fine but you do not want to do it every day if you want to lose weight.
9 Healthy Late Night Snacks for Losing Weight
Fruit makes the perfect snack any time of the day since most fruits are all low in calories and have nutrients that are actually good for you. The natural fruit in sugars helps to kick any sugar craving that you might be having, especially at nighttime. Just be careful not to have too much because the calories and sugar will start to add up.
I have been obsessed with nuts lately but mostly because I found this new website that sells SO many different kinds. The website name is literally “nuts” and they offer many other different products as well. Calories in nuts can add up just like fruit so make sure you are having a proper portion size. Cashews, pistachios, peanuts, and almonds have fewer calories than others.
Celery is a low carb and calorie option that is basically just water but contains some nutritional value. It has been known as “diet food” for a long time due to the fact that there are only 10 calories per stalk. Celery also helps with digestion that can help with bloating. You can it alone or pair it with a creamy spread like hummus.
I love non-fat yogurt because it is full of live probiotics that help with the digestive system and gut which can help with weight loss as well. Most brands of non-fat yogurts have fewer than 100 calories per serving! You can top it off with fruit or a few dark chocolate chips for the perfect late-night snack that is low in calories. Yogurt is also packed with probiotics which are healthy bacteria that help to boost the immune system and decrease issues with the stomach.
Dark chocolate has many benefits especially when you compare it to milk chocolate which has no nutritional value. I used to hate dark chocolate, but over time it grew on me, and now it is the only chocolate I eat. Dark chocolate contains monosaturated fatty acids which help to increase your metabolism and burn fat. Make sure you buy dark chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa, or else you will just be eating sugar.
If you are craving cookies late at night try making a healthier version for your late-night snack. I LOVE these flourless chocolate chip cookies and will have one here and there before bed. You can see have the things you love just in moderation plus learning how to substitute those high-calorie ingredients can allow you to have more which is why I love making alternatives. Click here for my favorite flourless peanut butter oatmeal cookies!
Air Popped Popcorn
Popcorn is another one of my favorite snacks to have especially as a late-night snack. I do not always have air-popped but it is definitely a lot healthier! Air popcorn is lightly seasoning and usually does not have butter, making it low in calories but high in fiber. I like having popcorn when I am craving chips because it has that same crunch and helps to satisfy my craving.
Veggies and Hummus
Raw vegetables are the healthiest thing you can eat but sometimes it can get a little boring. That is why I like pairing vegetables like celery and bell peppers with hummus, tahini, or tzatziki. Vegetables are incredibly low in calories, so you just need to pay attention to the creamy spread that you are using.
Hard-boiled eggs are my favorite snack to have especially after a workout. You can prep them on a Sunday and have them throughout the week when you need a snack to keep you going. I like having them after a workout because they are high in quality protein but low in calories. Since they are high in protein they are also very filling which will allow you to go longer before getting hungry again.