Eating after 8 p.m. gets a bad rap. But in reality, the reason you may have gained (or been unable to lose) weight probably has more to do with what you’re eating and how much you’re eating, rather than the time of day when you are eating it. Eating at night, if done healthily, can offer surprising benefits. Eating the right protein at night can help you build muscle while you sleep; eating low-glycemic carbs at night can help you control blood sugar the next day and even help you regulate your appetite.
Read on to find out about 9 snacks that are OK to eat at night. Some are not-so-guilty pleasures, some are great snacks to have after a light dinner and others make fantastic post-workout snacks (for those of you who work out at night).
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of the best flavors that exists. This simple snack combines those two great flavors along with a creamy texture from cottage cheese. In addition, it provides a high dose of casein protein. Casein is the slower-digesting milk protein (whey being the other milk protein) which has been shown to boost recovery while you sleep when taken later at night. In a bowl, combine 2/3 cup of cottage cheese, 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter, ½ scoop of chocolate casein protein powder and 2 tsps of dark unsweetened chocolate powder. Mix thoroughly and enjoy.
2. Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops Popsicles are a simple after-dinner snack, but if you buy them at the grocery store they’re essentially sugar and food dye. With this simple recipe for frozen Greek yogurt pops, you can do much better; it’s a nutritional treat with minimal prep. Greek yogurt is regular yogurt’s nutritionally superior sibling, with double the protein and half the carbs per serving. To make frozen Greek yogurt pops, mash ¾ cup of raspberries in 2 cups of 2% plain Greek yogurt. Portion this mixture into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for several hours until completely frozen.