Nutrition & Recipes • 10.05.2017

5 Healthy and Quick Bedtime Snacks for Weight Loss

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The jury is still out on whether eating late at night leads to weight gain. But one thing is certain: if you want to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. The number of calories you consume or cut per day makes a big difference.

But when late-night hunger pangs strike, we recommend having one of the following healthy snacks rather than a box of pizza or a bowl of ice cream.These tasty bedtime snacks are low in calories, good for your health and will help you in losing weight!

1. Avocado with cottage cheese

Healthy sandwiches with avocado, cream cheese and arugula close-up on the table. horizontal

Cottage cheese is packed with natural protein and fills you up without a lot of calories. Studies have shown that a higher protein intake (for example, through dairy products) can lead to weight loss success. Cottage cheese also contains the essential amino acid tryptophan. This calms the nervous system and makes it easier to fall asleep. Tip: If you add a little avocado to your cottage cheese, you provide your body with high-quality fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats are good for your cholesterol levels and cardiovascular system.

2. Carrot sticks with hummus dip

Carrot sticks with hummus dip

Baby carrots or carrot sticks with two tablespoons of hummus – this is an ideal good night snack. Valuable fatty acids, high-quality protein and fiber leave you feeling full without weighing down your stomach. The dip is easy to make on your own.

3. Apple slices with peanut butter

a crisp slice of apple and a scoop of creamy peanut butter, ready to be devoured!

If you get hungry before bedtime, cut an apple into slices and put one or two teaspoons of peanut butter on top. It tastes so good! But make sure to use natural peanut butter. It shouldn’t contain any palm oil, sugar or other additives.

4. Greek yogurt with blueberries

Greek yogurt with blueberries

Did you know that blueberries are extremely high in nutrients? They contain plenty of antioxidants, which have a positive effect on your immune system. They are also low in calories. Together with Greek yogurt they make for a high-protein snack that keeps your body supplied with nutrients overnight.

5. Whole grain toast with ham

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A slice of whole grain toast with two slices of low-fat ham can satisfy small cravings before going to bed. Plus, the snack is low in calories (just 150 in total) and contains 10 g of protein.

Which of these bedtime snacks is your favorite? Tell us your opinion in the comments below!

You can find more healthy bedtime snacks to support your weight loss in the Runtasty app. Download it now free of charge.

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Julia Denner

Julia is a dietitian and creative cook. She is passionate about traveling the world, exercising (outdoors) and trying out new restaurants and food. She is convinced that a varied diet and regular, hard training are the keys to success.
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  • Monica Martens

    The greek yoghurt with blueberries would have to be me my favourite. But then the apple with peanut butter … oooooh its a hard choice.

    • Jose Nazario

      Almonds. Do not forget the almonds on the yogurt.

  • Aytekin

    By the way, yogurt comes from the far eastern Turks and we know that at least 7000 years old culture. Not greek but Turkish. You may also check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogurt

    • Runtastic Team

      Good to know 😉

  • Elisa Moriconi

    avocado and cottage cheese <3

  • deAtH-[b+Y]-steReO

    with me it would be the hummus and carrots or maybe the avocados and cottage cheese

  • Gustavo Bravetti

    Sorry but if you really want to loose weight the #1 rule is:

    Don’t eat anything 2 hours prior to bedtime.

  • Jim Wilson

    Will have to try these, been doing dark chocolate or yogurt, or popcorn air pop

  • Pat68

    To satisfy my taste for chocolate, I just had a Fage Yogurt with brownie bits. Filled me up and satisfied the taste for chocolate. 200 calories–less than the king size Hershey Bar that’s currently sitting in my cabinet. 😀

  • Kim Skripak

    They all sound good! I’m going to add the ingredients to my grocery list so I don’t do what I did last night…ate 3 choc. chip cookies!

  • Paul Pellegrino

    They all sound amazing! I’m putting them on my list of late night snacks since I work long hours and am sometimes a bit hungry when I get home and always looking for a healthy snack to have as I wind down before bedtime.