Let’s get real ladies, we all kinda wish we could eat whatever we want and still lose weight. And while many practice the rule of having breakfast for dessert, because we’ll have all day to burn it off, the real challenge is not eating at night. Late evenings are our weak spot. Here’s a scenario we’re all familiar with: we’re tired after work, perhaps we didn’t have a chance to have a big lunch and all we want to do is come home and eat something delicious and satisfying while watching Netflix. But we know that if we overeat late at night that will go straight to our waistline and nobody wants that. The good news is there are 8 foods you can eat for a late dinner that won’t mess with your figure.
Yes, chicken is a great option for dinner, specifically baked or steamed chicken breast. It’s full of protein that will keep you full and satisfied for a long time, and it barely has any fats. So if you want something filling, bake a chicken fillet in the oven with some spices and have a salad on the side.
A typical portion of sushi is around 350 calories, which is actually perfect for a meal. And a classic sushi roll contains only 3 grams of fat, which is nothing in comparison to a sandwich, that normally contains five times the amount. The only thing is sushi has to be fresh to be a good option for late dinner. None of those store-bought, or left over ones. They have to be eaten within 30 minutes of being prepared. So your best option is a sushi restaurant.
Mushrooms are actually also a good source of protein and they’re very low in calories. They’re only 22 calories per 100 grams, which means that if you want to, you can have like 2 pounds and still be fine( you’ll struggle to eat that much though). If you cook them right, and don’t add a bunch of cream and oil to them, but instead steam them or fry them in a non-stick pan with a bunch of spices you can have quite big, delicious and satisfying meal.
Sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re really thirsty. Our bodies are confusing that way and sometimes we can read the signals wrong. However if you want something more filling than water to drink – try having a glass of milk in the evening. It’ll provide you with soy protein and fat and also give you a healthy dose of calcium. However, lactose isn’t that great for us so it’s better to go for lactose free milk.
Celery is incredibly low in calories so it’s a great option for a snack, or a way to fill out your meal. It’s only 16 calories per 100 grams, so you’ll never be able to eat too much of it, plus it has zero fats and it’s full of fiber which is great for your tummy. Pro tip: chopped into small pieces, celery is a great alternative to popcorn for a movie night in.
If you crave something crunchy and satisfying late in the evening – try having almonds. It’s not exactly a meal replacer, but it’s a great snack to have after the main meal if you’re still feeling peckish. Nuts are great, cause they’re not only filling, but they’re also a great source of Magnesium, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin B6. But you have to be strict with portions since nuts are also very high in calories. About 10 almonds is a perfect portion for a snack.
Oats are generally considered to be a breakfast staple, but you can actually have them for dinner without worrying about the effect it’ll have on your waistline. Half a cup of dry oats will make 1 cup of cooked oats and it’ll only be about 160 calories if cooked with water and not milk. If you crave sweet things late at night just have some oats and fill them out with fresh berries and a teaspoon of honey. But definitely steer away from those prepackaged, one serving, fruit flavored quick oats – there’s no fruits in them, it’s all sugar.
8. Baked Apples
Baked apples are another great option for those who crave sweets late at night. Just bake them in the oven with some cinnamon and a light drizzle of honey and you’ll have a delicious dessert that’s both healthy and will make you sleep like a baby.