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We’re conditioned to avoid nighttime snacking when we’re trying to shed unwanted pounds. However, if you’re famished for a nosh at 9:45pm—like can’t possibly get to sleep because you’re so darn hungry—then the good news is that you can snack on one of these moderately-portioned, healthy carb and protein snacks without totally destroying your weight loss goals…

 

1. Banana with Nut Butter

Craving something sweet and filling without eating a large meal before bedtime?

A small banana will help to satisfy your sweet tooth and healthy carb cravings. And add a smear of nut butter (i.e., raw almond butter) for a little protein power.

Plus, this nana-butter snack is tasty and light, weighing in at roughly 200-calories. Keep in mind also that eating protein prior to bed is not always a bad thing—a quality protein supports muscle mass, which will in turn, reinforce your weight loss efforts, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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