Rather we are looking for calorie controlled options that contain a mix of good quality carbs to help curb your hunger, add a little protein or fibre to boost the snacks nutrient value.
So if you are feeling genuinely hungry after dinner, here are your best late night snack options.
Cheese and wholegrain crackers
The carbohydrates found in the wholegrain crackers will help to satisfy your hunger, while the protein and in particular the amino acid tryptophan found in cheese will help to relax you and help induce sleep.
Fruit and nuts
High water fruits including melon and berries are a good choice late at night as they contain relatively few calories. Teamed with a small handful of 20 mixed nuts creates a perfect carb, protein snack balance.
Nut Spread with an apple or celery
There are a wide range of 100% nut spreads available in supermarkets now that team beautifully with some chopped celery or cut up apple slices.
Corn Crackers and cottage or goats cheese
Try cottage cheese because it is a low calorie, high protein option while goats cheese contains just 18% fat compared to regular cheeses. Both work well with some wholegrain corn crackers a few slices of cucumber or tomato.
Frozen banana dipped in yoghurt
Once you have enjoyed a frozen banana you will never need to seek out high fat ice-cream to satisfy your cravings again.
A frozen banana, for just 100 calories tastes like a delicious banana ice-cream and if you wanted to be particularly adventurous you could also dip it in Greek yoghurt and nuts and then freeze it for an extra delicious snack.
Greek yoghurt and berries
Plain Greek yoghurt unlike many fruit yoghurts is extremely high in protein and also relatively low in sugar. To make it a little tastier all you need to do is add some fresh berries along with some cinnamon or vanilla essence and you have a sweet tasty snack with minimal calories.
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