6 Healthy Midnight Snacks for Weight Loss

Snacking can be very difficult to control, especially when you are hungry at night. Midnight snacking has been associated with an increased incidence of obesity. Thankfully, there are plenty of healthy midnight snacks that can be indulged in without increasing too much of the calorie count. 

Healthy Midnight Snacks for Weight Loss 

1. Vegetables

This is the best option to fulfill your stomach with the least amount of calories. Look for options that have a high fiber and water content, for example, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, or broccoli.

These vegetables will also provide you with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. If you find them too bland, pair the vegetables with a fat-free, low-calorie dip.

2. Fruits

Fruits are also healthy midnight snacks for weight loss. They are high in fiber while being low in calorie. They also help satisfy the urge to eat something sweet.

The best options are whole fruits, raw and without any other seasoning. Oranges, apples, pears, grapes and bananas are all great options to be munched on in the middle of the night.

You can also mix several kinds of fruits in a bowl topped with a little bit of low-fat yogurt or nut butter for more flavor.

3. Protein Foods

Any kind of food that is rich in protein will usually help fill you up because the protein takes time to move through the digestive system. Nuts, which are high in protein, are a good option to snack on in the middle of the night; however, care must be taken to keep the portion size under control.

Low-fat milk, yogurt or cottage cheese is also a good option to snack on, while an egg can fill you up without really adding too much to the calories.

4. Grain-Based Snacks

Wanting that crunch from your snacks can veer you towards chips or crackers, things that are sure to derail your weight loss prospects. There are some alternative healthy midnight snacks for weight loss that can provide that same crunch without the calories.

A cup of popcorn without the butter is an excellent low-calorie snack option since it contains only 31 calories. Rice cakes made with brown rice are also great. Season these options with black pepper, garlic powder or other low-calorie toppings.

These snacks are perfect for the time when you want a late night movie and crave something to munch on.

5. Turkey Sandwich

None of the above-mentioned options contain meat. The reason is because it is difficult to find meat options that are easy to make, low in calories and satisfying to the taste buds as well. A well-made turkey sandwich serves all of the above purposes and is our go-to option for any time when meat cravings strike.

To make this sandwich, you need to have pumpernickel bread, some Swiss cheese slices and slices of turkey breast.

We specifically mention Pumpernickel bread because it is sweet without having too much sugar, has whole grains that will fill you up and contains only 80 calories per slice. Turkey itself is a lean meat, with the breast having the least amount of calories. The Swiss cheese helps add taste and it only has 26 calories per quarter slice.

6. Tea

When it comes to healthy midnight snacks for weight loss, you can't forget tea. An unsweetened cup of tea has barely any calories and provides numerous health benefits such as improving heart health. It has also been proven that drinking tea can help with weight loss.

Mint tea can help suppress your appetite and rooibos tea can help reduce stress as it decreases the production of a stress-related hormone. Sometimes, your food craving is caused by stress. In this case, a cup of rooibos tea can really be your best choice.

 
 
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