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Healthy Late Night Snacks

on January 9, 2013

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Long day? Craving a late night snack? Dehydration is actually one of the main reasons for food cravings. First, drink some water. If drinking water still leaves you hungry, make an easy and healthy late night snack. Eating junk food will just make you feel guilty and it’ll actually keep you up later. Try one of these healthy snacks instead:

1. Cottage cheese is an excellent choice for a nighttime snack because it’s low in carbohydrates and high in protein. 2/3 cup of full-fat cottage cheese contains less than 6 grams of fat, which will help you feel fuller and kill cravings. Look for cottage cheese with live and active cultures to get a dose of probiotics without having to take a supplement.

2. Pomegranate With Greek Yogurt : With about twice the protein and only half of the carbohydrates as regular plain yogurt, Greek yogurt carries a significant nutritional advantage, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. The addition of pomegranates seeds gives you a stimulating, tart flavor from some of the world’s most powerful antioxidants.

3. Pistachio Nuts are nutrient-rich, simple snack. If you’re extra hungry, snacking on pistachios gives you an advantage over other nuts, as you get more nuts per ounce. Plus research shows that snacking on pistachios compared to other common snack foods like pretzels leads to more weight loss and greater reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors.

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Combination of chocolate and peanut butter! It’s high in protein and a fiber-packed snack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:
3 scoops chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter

How to Prepare: Thoroughly mix all the ingredients in a bowl (add a little water if necessary; 1 tbsp at a time). Use a tablespoon to form half-spheres and place in freezer for 2 hours before eating (if time is an issue, you can eat them right away, but they taste better when frozen).

Source: fitday.com, shape.com

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