Need a late night snack that won’t kill your diet? Check out these 10 healthy options!

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Need a late night snack that won’t kill your diet? Check out these 10 healthy options!

Need a late night snack that won't kill your diet?

It’s hard to resist the siren call of junk food when you’re tired and hungry late at night. There’s just something about the combination of hunger and tiredness that makes you crave a cookie or slice of pizza more than anything else. But these cravings aren’t as hard to resist as you might think! Here are 10 late night snacks that won’t derail your diet plan!

1) Roasted Vegetables

In general, veggies aren’t very calorie-dense, meaning you can eat a whole bunch before you start to get full. Roasted vegetables are one of my favorite snacks they’re easy to make (especially if you use my recipe template), they travel well, and they taste great. Plus, roasted veggies come with extra fiber and nutrients from roasting betcha didn’t know that! Be sure to check out our recommendations for best vegetables for roasting as well as some tasty recipes like our Balsamic Glazed Radishes with Prosciutto and Parmesan.

2) Chopped Salads

The humble chopped salad can be a godsend if you’re craving something with crunch, texture and fresh flavors. So many restaurants serve them (you might not even notice it on their menus) and they’re easy to make at home too. Layer in lots of protein (grilled chicken or turkey, fish, hard-boiled eggs, beans), lots of veggies (romaine lettuce, carrots, cucumber and peppers are all great additions) plus some good fats such as feta cheese or avocado.

3) Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit is a great option when you’re craving something sweet it’s loaded with fiber and, in some cases, vitamins and minerals. Berries are an excellent choice because they come in large packages (which means more for you), have fewer calories than other fruits and contain anti-oxidants.

4) Yogurt with Granola

Whether you prefer Greek or regular, plain or fruit-on-the-bottom, yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein. In fact, it’s been shown to reduce hunger and boost weight loss more than traditional dairy foods. To make it an even better choice for weight loss and blood sugar regulation, pair your yogurt with some high fiber granola. Studies show that a combination of protein (like yogurt) and fiber can help satisfy hunger longer than either nutrient on its own.

5) Hummus and Veggies

If you’re craving something crunchy, turn to hummus. Just make sure it doesn’t have any added oils or sugars, and keep track of how much you eat; it’s easy to overdo it with a dip like hummus. Enjoy with fresh veggies instead of chips, crackers, or pretzels to add some bulk to your snack. You might also try adding some leftover rice from last night’s dinner if you are looking for something even heartier.

6) Air-popped Popcorn

Eating air-popped popcorn is an easy way to get in whole grains without having to worry about extra calories. Since it’s low in fat and high in fiber, popcorn is also good for satisfying cravings. Don’t put any butter or other unhealthy toppings on it; stick with just plain air-popped corn. Remember, only 1 cup per day that’s all you need to stay within your daily carbohydrate intake goals!

7) Unsweetened Almond Milk Smoothie (with frozen fruit!)

If you’re craving something sweet, reach for an unsweetened almond milk smoothie. Made with frozen fruit and almond milk, you can blend up half of one banana and 1⁄2 cup of blueberries (or whatever’s in season) with ice. You get all the nutrients without all of their sugar!

8) Protein Shake

Most people think of protein shakes as a meal replacement, but you can use them as a snack, too. They’re easy to grab when you’re running out of time and need something quickly. Try blending together one scoop of protein powder with ice and skim milk in a blender to create your own delicious shake. Pro tip: Swap fresh fruit for ice to add some variety.

9) Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs, especially hard boiled eggs, are an extremely popular and convenient on-the-go food. Eggs have all 9 essential amino acids, making them complete protein. They’re also packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats like Omega 3s. Hard boiled eggs are one of my go-to snacks when I’m in need of something filling and portable.

10) Low-Fat Turkey Jerky

Turkey jerky is made from lean, low-fat meat. However, it is also high in sodium and saturated fat. To reap all of its benefits and cut back on these potentially unhealthy components, consider pairing turkey jerky with natural foods such as raw carrots or nuts. This will give you an energy boost without packing on any extra pounds. It’s also important to note that you should never feed turkey to dogs; it contains ethoxyquin which can be dangerous for canine health.

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