5 Healthy Snacks You Can Eat At Night

5 Healthy Snacks You Can Eat At Night

Late night snacking has a bad reputation as the ultimate “no-no” for healthy weight loss. However, most health experts would agree: it’s not so much the snacking, but what you choose to snack on that makes the difference._x000D_ _x000D_ Now, that bag of gummy bears, chocolate bar or tub of popcorn isn’t considered a healthy snack at any time of day— never mind at night. Instead, the best late night snacks are high in protein or healthy fats, and free from refined sugar. Healthy fats and protein are the best macronutrients to eat at night because they help stabilize your blood sugar levels._x000D_ _x000D_ Keeping your blood sugar levels stable by eating protein and healthy fats can help prevent your body from storing excess sugar as fat. You see, carbohydrates are your body’s preferred source of energy. But since you’re not likely to be running a marathon an hour or two before you go to bed, any carbohydrates you eat that aren’t used for energy right away will get stored as fat (and converted back to energy when your body needs it later on)._x000D_ _x000D_ That being said, the next time you want to nibble on something past 8pm, don’t give into the fear of gaining weight. Instead, choose low sugar snacks that are rich in blood sugar balancing nutrients._x000D_ _x000D_ Here are 5 healthy snacks you can eat at night that won’t sabotage your health goals or weight loss efforts._x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_ 1. Chia Seed Pudding_x000D_ _x000D_ Chia seeds are high in omega 3 essential fatty acids, which not only stabilize blood sugar levels, but help promote weight loss by keeping your appetite satiated for longer periods of time (hence the perfect snack food item). Chia seeds are also high in fiber, which promote natural detoxification._x000D_ _x000D_ Here’s a basic recipe for chia seed pudding, that you can customize with any toppings you’d like. We recommend adding extra flavour with a touch of raw honey and ½ cup of low glycemic fruit, such as berries._x000D_ _x000D_ Basic Chia Pudding Recipe_x000D_ ¼ cup chia seeds_x000D_ 1 cup unsweetened nut milk of your choice_x000D_ A few drops of pure vanilla extract to taste_x000D_ _x000D_ Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well and let sit for 4-6 hours in the fridge, or until a jelly-like texture forms. Top with your desired ingredients._x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_ 2. Unsweetened Plain Greek Yogurt (Add Your Own Toppings and Flavours)_x000D_ _x000D_ Plain greek yogurt makes a great snack for blood sugar balance, as it’s higher in protein than other varieties of yogurt. We recommend choosing full fat greek yogurt over low fat greek yogurt if possible, as the low fat varieties typically contain more grams of sugar per serving than the full fat.Just like chia seed pudding, you can customize plain greek yogurt to suit your flavour preferences with pure vanilla extract, a touch of raw honey or a few drops of liquid green leaf stevia. Fresh mint and berries also add a refreshing boost of flavour._x000D_ _x000D_ One serving of greek yogurt is typically ¼ of a cup, but you can confirm the recommended serving size on the back of the container. We recommend choosing plain greek yogurt over the flavoured varieties to avoid added refined sugar, which can total up to 28g of sugar per serving._x000D_ _x000D_  _x000D_ _x000D_ 3. Quest Bars_x000D_
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  1. Have you ever wondered if there’s a nutrition bar that tastes good— and is actually good for you?_x000D_ _x000D_ In our humble opinion, Quest Bars are one of the best choices for a high protein bedtime snack. Quest Bars aren’t an energy bar, but a protein bar that’s sweetened with natural sweeteners such as stevia. With flavours such as cookie dough, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chunk and lemon cream pie, it will feel like you’re eating dessert— but without the sugar or guilt._x000D_ _x000D_ With over 20 grams of protein per serving, even half of a Quest Bar could be filling enough to satisfy your bedtime snack craving._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ 4. An Apple and Nut Butter_x000D_ _x000D_ Apples are a high fiber, low glycemic fruit that make an ideal bedtime snack when paired with a healthy fat or protein, such as nut butter._x000D_ _x000D_ As mentioned above, healthy fats and proteins help stabilize blood sugar levels. This is because they are much slower to digest, which also helps slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream when eaten with carbohydrates, such as fruit._x000D_ _x000D_ Apples pair well with any nut butter, from cashew to pumpkin seed to almond butter. If you’re not a nut butter fan, you could also pair an apple with another healthy fat, such as cottage or ricotta cheese._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ 5. Hemp Banana “Nice” Cream_x000D_ _x000D_ While bananas aren’t as low in sugar as apples or berries, they do contain a few specific nutrients that may help improve the quality of your sleep, such as the amino acid L-tryptophan._x000D_ _x000D_ Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate your sleep cycle. When paired with a healthy fat or protein such as hemp hearts, the natural sugar in bananas have less of an impact on your blood sugar levels. This recipe for banana hemp “nice” cream makes an excellent healthy snack for when you’re craving something sweet.
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  3. Hemp Banana Nice Cream Recipe_x000D_ _x000D_ 1 frozen banana_x000D_ 3 tbsp unsweetened nut milk_x000D_ Few drops pure vanilla extract, to taste_x000D_ 2 tbsp hemp hearts_x000D_ Few splashes of water to reach your desired consistency (optional)Place all ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add water as needed, to form a creamy, smooth texture._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_
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