From time we have been told eating past a certain time at night is bad, “don’t at after 7pm, your last meal should be at 8pm, etc” But what if I told you it was okay to treat yourself or have a snack at night even after you have had your dinner without it causing a major setback to your progress? As I always tell my clients ‘when’ you eat does not really matter as much as ‘what’ you eat. As long as you are not eating more than your daily required calories then trust me, you’re good.
Imagine restricting yourself even when your body is asking for just a little healthy snack to make you feel better or sleep better. Remember there is a thin line between discipline and restricting /denying your body of some love and joy.
Discipline is deciding to have a handful of some healthy nuts instead of a bowl of ice cream, restricting yourself is going to bed hungry because its past 8pm and you are afraid you’ll get fat if you have some low fat yogurt with a fruit, do not do that to your body.
So to help avoid restricting and starving your body, i have 6 healthy snacks you can have even at night, and even after you have had your dinner, these snacks will satisfy your craving/hunger, keep you fuller all night, and will not cause any harm or setback to your progress
- Homemade popcorn
Yes! Good old homemade popcorn is generally healthy as it is a complex carb, high in fiber and relatively low in calories especially when it’s made without a lot of butter, sugar and all those other unhealthy additives. You can even go ahead to make it healthier and reduce the calories by using an air fryer to pop them rather than frying it in butter or oil.
- Healthy nuts
A handful of healthy nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios etc are full of healthy fats and protein and are even known to help suppress hunger while also helping you sleep better because of the melatonin which most of them contain. Make sure not to take more than a handful.
This has to be one of my favorite things to snack on be it greek yogurt, or just low fat yogurt. Greek yogurt is a high in protein, low in calories and they are also known to have properties that can help you sleep even better. Always go for the plain and unsweetened ones and you can always add fruits, honey and even spices like cinnamon to make it more flavorful and fun.
This one has to be one of my all time favorite nigh time meal, be it a part of my dinner or a snack, oatmeal are so good as they are fiber filled to full you up, contains beta-glucan to help monitor your cholesterol levels, low in calories and an added advantage of having melatonin which will even help you sleep better.
Eggs as you know are high in protein and full of tryptophan which are known to help with sleep, an egg contains about 72 calories, so when you’re finding it difficult to sleep just boil an egg or two, season with a little sea salt and sprinkle with some chili flakes.
Fruits like bananas, kiwi, berries, cherries are a great snack option, not only are they sweet to satisfy that sweet tooth, the can also fill you up without making you feel too uncomfortable , add a piece or block of 100% pure dark chocolate or 100% pure nut butter like almond or peanut butter and you are good for the night.