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10 Guilt-Free Midnight Snacks

By Sandy Schroeder

If you can frequently be found watching the late show and munching something delicious, you know the problem. It's hard to resist late night cravings, but you know how unhealthy they can be. understands all too well and they have come up with some tempting low-calorie snacks that will fill you up and won't haunt your dreams. See what you think of these.

Avocado on whole wheat toast - This trendy choice provides healthy fatty acids to lower cholesterol and protect the vascular system. Add a tomato and some peppers and enjoy on whole wheat toast.

Spicy or sweet cottage cheese - Enjoy this protein boost that can keep you full longer and help you lose weight. Top your cottage cheese with a spicy salsa or chunks of fruit.

A handful of almonds - These power nuts are full of magnesium. They can help you reduce stress, relax and restore muscles and burn fats. Try half a cup of almonds daily to replace salty snacks, feel full and lose weight.

Chocolate pudding - Treat yourself to a low-fat chocolate pudding that contains 90 to 100 calories. You could top it with a scoop of Greek yogurt and add 17 grams of protein.

Chocolate milk - The Vitamin D in milk can help you lose belly fat. Just check the label to make sure it is low in sugar and free of high-fructose corn syrup.

Tuna salad - Tuna is full of protein and comes loaded with Vitamin B6 which helps digest protein and fats. A simple tuna salad sandwich with low-fat mayonnaise on whole wheat bread makes a satisfying nighttime snack.

Chechil string cheese - This Armenian string cheese is full of protein but low in calories. Cheese contains tryptophan which encourages drowsiness and sleep. If you love salty chips and crackers this is a great substitute, just as tasty and satisfying.

Dried figs - If you love sweets and evening desserts, the natural sweetness of figs will work perfectly. Figs are low fat and full of dietary fiber. You will feel like you indulged in dessert without all of the calories.

Dark chocolate - Just a bit of dark chocolate, about 50 grams that is 72 percent cocoa, will provide a wonderful indulgence without all of the sugar and guilt. Instead you will be getting a hefty dose of healthy anti-oxidants.

Cornflakes - Skip the honey-coated ones, but enjoy a bowl full of regular cornflakes drenched with milk and topped with berries.

Stick with these healthy midnight snacks to sleep better and maintain or lose weight.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Valencia, Calif.

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