When you’re trying to lose weight, the first thing you consider is how your diet is affecting your weight. And so often the hardest time of day to stick to your weight loss goals is at night. You make healthy decisions throughout the day: you make a smoothie for breakfast, have a salad for lunch and make a healthy dinner full of good-for-you vegetables and protein, but then the late-night cravings come and they’re hard to resist. You’re tired of saying no to the foods you crave and maybe even eating less than what’s previously been your normal amount. But this is when your decisions truly matter and by making poor choices, you can sabotage your efforts throughout the day. When you overeat before bed, your body is more likely to store those calories as fat, so it’s important to snack smart, both in terms of what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. But we know you don’t want snack on kale leaves so we compiled the following list of 13 late-night snacks that will satiate and satisfy without weighing you down.
Skip the butter and kick up your popcorn game a notch with sea salt and other sensational spices. You can even sprinkle in a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese just to be sure you’re still not craving the movie theater kind you’re used to. A cup comes in at a mere 30 calories, and is packed with fiber, too. Plus, it totally fulfills the your crunchy craving if you’re a typical chip eater.
2) Dark Chocolate
People are always surprised to hear that chocolate can be a YES even when you’re trying to lose weight. Just be sure you get at least 72 percent cacao to ensure you get plenty of antioxidants and fiber to satiate you, while steering clear of high doses of sugar, which milk chocolate is known to have. And stick to 2 ounces or less and use it in place of other sweets!