Late night snacks on a diet

Now that the winter is almost upon us and we tend to stay in the conform of our homes not to brave the weather

This is the worst time for people on diets because we crave comfort food and the diet goes out the window

Here are some ideas for some late night snacks that you could have while watching a movie on a cold and damp night or just as healthy late night snacks

Whole-grain crackers, pretzels or tortilla chips consumed with low-fat cheese or sour cream dip make a delicious healthy snack. Three cups of air-popped popcorn make a filling, fiber-rich snack under 100 calories. The National Institutes of Health also suggests 1 cup of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk as a nutritious late-night snack.

Fruits such as blueberries, sliced strawberries or bananas, grapes or dried fruit such as raisins can be eaten alone or as a topping to whole-grain cereal or low-fat yogurt. A medium apple, a medium banana, 1/4 cup raisins or a cup of blueberries or grapes contains around 100 calories or less. Vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, cauliflower or celery can be eaten with low-fat dips for a nutritious late-night snack. One cup of carrots at 45 calories, broccoli at 30 calories or bell peppers at 30 calories eaten with 2 tbsp. hummus or low-fat salad dressing or dip makes for a 100-calorie snack.

Protein-based snacks can be filling and prevent overconsumption of excessive calories during snack time. Two tbsp. of sunflower, pumpkin or flax seeds or 3 tbsp. of almonds, peanuts, cashews or pecans makes a healthy snack for around 100 calories. One large hard-boiled egg at 75 calories, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt at around 100 calories, 1 oz. of low-fat cheese at around 80 calories, or 1/2 cup of fat-free chocolate milk at around 75 calories make protein-rich, low-calorie late-night snacks.

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