If you're hankering for snacks at night time but feel guilty going against healthy eating, worry not. There are actually healthy fare that can be eaten past 8 pm.

According to Livestrong, selecting the right protein-rich food can help you build muscles while the lights are out. Choosing a low-glycemic carb, on the other hand, also helps with appetite and sugar regulation the next day.

However, you don’t want to pack in too much calories, so it’s better to keep your late snack under 300 calories.

“When you overeat before bed, your body is much more likely to store those calories as fat,” said Manuel Villacorta, R.D. from American Dietetic Association, who was quoted by Men’s Fitness.

The first in the night time snack list that will surely satisfy your craving and at the same time give you a healthy dose of protein is cake batter – which packs 274, well within the 300 limit. Cake batter contains 19 grams of protein and is indulgent in its creamy and rich texture.

Frozen blueberries with light whip cream are a good choice. They contain vitamins, antioxidants, and 4 grams of fiber. Another berry selection is strawberry shake, which is filled with probiotics that enhance digestion.

Dark chocolate is a wonder food that does not contain the high sugar content of its commercial chocolate cousins. This cacao-rich chocolate even lowers blood pressure, improves insulin sensitivity and enhances mood.

If you are craving for salty chips, try to substitute them with multi-grain pretzels.  Pretzels are crunchy and an ounce has only 100 calories. Crackers are also good alternative to chips, and so are kale chips which provide vitamins K, A, C and carotenoids.

Here’s a real treat: you can add the tasty combination of chocolate and peanut butter in cottage cheese. It has casein which contains casomorphins that help in relaxation and induces sleep. Take note, however, that it is slightly higher than the 300 caloric mark at 313 calories.

If you feel like nibbling, Livestrong recommends pistachios. Not only cracking the shell will slow you down from consuming too much but the nut itself offers folate, fibre, biotin and vitamin B6.

Pumpkin seeds are good late night snacks, too, as they contain a high amount of magnesium which is a relaxant. Snacking on almonds can give you an improved level of cholesterol and triglycerides and also a good dose of magnesium. MIMS

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