Lets do a little myth-busting first - its simply not true that late night snacks alone can cause you to gain more weight. A calorie is a calorie, no matter what time of day you consume it.
So eating late is actually not such a bad thing. Its OK to allow yourself to snack, as long as you have left yourself some leeway during the day by not over-eating.
Some snack ideas
Here are a few of my favourite snacks to keep around the house. You can see more details on my low calorie snacks page.
- Low calorie bran muffin
They're high in fibre and nutrients, and a really convenient snack for on the go. To cut down on preparation time, you can even make several batches and freeze them and dethaw as needed.
- Smoked salmon and multi-grain crackers
These are really tasty snacks to eat between meals. They only take a second to prepare, they're very low calorie and they're great for your health too!
- Sweet potato wedges
Sweet potato wedges are low in calories and high in vitamins and fiber. They're also very filling, which makes them a really great diet food.
- Fruit salad
Cut up all your favorite fruits in a bowl - enough to last a few days. That way when you get a sweet craving you can easily grab a bowl.
- Boiled eggs
An excellent source of lean protein and a very tasty snack to keep in the fridge for when you're peckish.