Many of us indulge in snacks in the evening. But if weight loss is your goal, you must carefully consider what you’re eating. Surprisingly, however, snacks can assist you with weight loss as much as they can hinder it. Unhealthy snacks can boost calories and cause obesity, while healthier snacks can increase fiber and vitamin intake and even slim the waistline.
Here are some late-night snacks that won’t derail your weight-loss goals.
This tasty low-calorie dip is made with olive oil, tahini, and chickpeas, and seasoned with black pepper, garlic, or lemon juice. Dipping nutritious veggies such as carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower, pepper strips, and zucchini ensures your body gets the vitamins and fiber it needs. You could also spread this healthy dip on whole-grain crackers, rice cakes, pita bread, or pretzels.
A Protein Shake
A protein shake made with protein powder and almond milk is a quick evening snack with low calories. You can add fruit or a tablespoon of peanut butter if you want to boost the calorie count.
Do you want a crunchy, salty snack? If so, pistachios will hit the spot without adding to your waistline. Due to the low-calorie count, you can chow down on a significant portion, guilt-free. High in protein and fiber, pistachios will keep you feeling full while stabilizing blood sugar levels. The antioxidants in these healthy nuts also reduce the inflammation linked to weight gain.
If Pistachios aren’t your vibe, but you need a bit of a crunch, try oven-roasting chickpeas instead of reaching for a bag of pretzels or chips. Season them with salt, chili/garlic powder, or pepper. Roasted chickpeas will give your body complex carbs, fiber, and protein, making them a healthy late-night snack.