Ever get consumed by late-night munchies? You're not alone. Many of us try to fight off that late night hunger because we don't want to pack on extra pounds before we go to bed. But going to bed hungry is not always the best thing for you or your body. Before you decide to starve yourself in favor of a slim waistline, consider these snack items, from weight loss tips that will keep your belly full without giving you love handles.
A few slices of cheese before you hit the snack are one of the best foods because natural cheese has tryptophan, the same ingredient found in turkey that will make you feel full and sleepy. Stay away from cheeses that are loaded with fat and oil, which will only leave you with heartburn and a restless sleep.
Air Popped Popcorn
This is a healthier option than microwave popcorn because you are able to control what goes into it, such as the toppings and salt. It's a tasty snack that's good to eat while watching a movie and it is sure to leave you feeling full before your head hits the pillow. The fibre in the popcorn will fill you up and, get this - you can eat four cups for only 130 calories!
Hard Boiled Eggs
Because protein breaks down slower in your stomach that other foods it will keep you feeling full until you wake up. So try boiling some eggs and keeping them in the fridge. That way, when the midnight craving hits, you can simply reach in and grab a healthy egg instead of a bag of chips.
Low or no-fat yogurt is a healthy snack at any time of the day because it is easy on your body and rich in helpful bacteria that aids the body's digestion. If it doesn't sound like your type of night-time snack you could try freezing some in an ice cube tray for a frozen summer treat.
Who said you can't have chocolate at night time? Just make it dark chocolate because it has up to 70 per cent less sugar than milk chocolate. You can satisfy your sweet tooth while eating antioxidants and releasing endorphins into your brain.
This is a great way to get your sugar fix in a healthy way. Apples, bananas, strawberries and blueberries will fill you up without adding weight to your stomach. You will be left feeling full and healthy because of the extra nutrients you are giving your body before bed.
Sweet Potato Chips or Oven Baked Fries
These are both healthier options than a bag of chips or carton of fried french fries. They will not only fill you up but will leave you with a smaller waistline because they have half the calories of their fried counterparts.
This is a good source of protein. Try making a turkey sandwich or, if you don't want the carbs from bread, try rolling the turkey in a piece of lettuce.
Whole Grain Snacks
A bag of multigrain pretzels or crackers are a good option that will leave you feeling full and healthier. Choose these types of snacks over a bag of potato chips, flour pretzels or saltines.
You can eat up to 40 of these nuts for only about a hundred calories. You will feel full and will be ingesting muscle building protein that will help prepare you for the next day.
Baked Apple Crunch
This is a delicious and very healthy snack to have at night. Simply cut up an apple into slices and coat them with cinnamon. Microwave the slices until the apple is soft and juicy and then put them on top of a graham cracker.
For this snack all you have to do is mix a cup of skim milk with one scoop of vanilla-flavoured protein powder. It will taste like a real milkshake but without all the calories. As well, you will get the added bonus of calcium, which can help relax your muscles and body before bed.
Crackers and Hummus
Whole-grain crackers with a couple tablespoons of hummus will give you a crunchy snack with a creamy flavour that will leave you feeling satisfied and full. It's a perfect bed-time snack that will get you through to the next morning feeling energized.