Eating late at night has been made to be an evil activity. In reality, the time has nothing to do with the infamy, it is the selection of snacks that’s the problem. All you need is the right low calorie snacks and you will be all set for your late night hunger pangs.
You can do your own research on the matter if you don’t trust ours that is, and you will find that the calories you are eating matter more than the time of the day you eat them in. Late night snacks can actually be healthy for you, yes we said they can be healthy if you eat the right foods.
Perfect Low Calorie Snacks for Night Time
We won’t make you wait anymore, here they are the 10 snacks you can happily munch on late at night without putting your diet or health in jeopardy or doing extra shadow boxing or reps at the gym;
1. Coconut and Mango Cream
Yum, a cream filled dessert at night, who wouldn’t like that? The only thing is that most of the cream filled foods are full of calories, not to mention sugar. Worry not, you can make a coconut milk and frozen mango dessert that is just as tasty as any other and it only has 171 calories per serving.
- Put the coconut milk, frozen mango and some protein powder in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add water if necessary.
2. Honey and Peanut Butter Cookies
Baked cookies are a favorite late night snack of most people, but they have a lot of calories in them. A good alternative is the no bake honey and peanut butter cookies. They have the health benefits of oats and honey, with the flavor or chocolate and peanut butter. Plus, they are very easy to make.
- Put 2 cups of oats, 1/3 cup of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of honey, and half a cup of dark chocolate chips in a bowl.
- Mix them all together and put them in muffin molds.
- Place them in the fridge until they are hard and enjoy!
3. Chocolate, Only Dark
Chocolate is one of the ultimate late night snacks, but not all chocolate is good for you. Normal chocolate has sugar and not much else. Dark chocolate – 70% cocoa or more – conversely has antioxidants that can enhance your mood, improve blood pressure and lower inflammation in the body.
1 ounce of chocolate at night, whenever you feel hungry does the trick.
4. Ice Cream
You must have guessed already, we don’t mean regular ice cream. We mean a low calorie fruit almost ‘ice cream’ ice cream.
- Slice some bananas and mash them together.
- Put a cup full of strawberries through the same treatment.
- Mix them together and freeze them.
- Take them out and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy your fruity ice cream.
Nuts get a bad rap because of the shelling time, other than that they are a great night time snack and pistachios are the best of the lot. It takes a while to get them out of the shell but they back a lot of nutrients in their green bodies. They have fiber, vitamins, thiamin and a host of other beneficial ingredients. A cup full of pistachios is great but don’t go for salted or roasted ones.
6. Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Cottage Cheese
This concoction will be one of the tastiest late night snacks you have ever tried, and it only has 300 calories.
- Mix 2/3 cup of cottage cheese, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, half scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened).
- After thoroughly mixing them all, enjoy your tasty snack.
7. Pumpkin Seeds
The qualities that you should look for in your late night low calorie snacks is that it should take away your hunger pangs and relax you at the same time; enter pumpkin seeds.
They have magnesium which is an essential mineral for your body and it relaxes your body, a perfect snack for night time.
8. Milk and Honey
Remember how your parents would give you warm milk at night to help you sleep, they had the right idea. Warm milk, sweetened with some honey, gives you the mental and physical relaxation that you require at night.
9. Frozen Blueberries
Flash frozen blueberries have the same nutritional value as fresh ones. Antioxidants in the berries are good for your brain and heart health.
You can also add some other ingredients, like cream if your diet allows, to create delicious treats.
Almonds are great for your cardiovascular health. They contain magnesium as well and as we talked about earlier, it is great for complete relaxation. A quarter cup of almonds at night, you can also sprinkle some spices on them, are exactly what you need before sleeping.
10 amazing low calorie snacks at your service. You can try one every night and see which one is your favorite food for late night cravings. Check out our other nutrition blogs for more healthy eating ideas.