"Nothing tastes as good as skinny [or rather, healthy] feels"
This mantra, with the added brackets that emphasize the wordhealthy, has seriously helped me overcome some of my mental battles with late night cravings. But let's face it, sometimes good mantras just don't quite hit the spot when our tummies are yelling, nay, demanding to be heard. So, I've decided to divulge my secret on how to lose weight by stopping late night eating in its tracks.
Ready for it? Healthy drinks... There, I said it. If I'm getting peck-ish any time of day when I know that I don't actually need to eat, I reach for one of these bad boys that I've listed below. Now, let's be clear. If you haven't gotten enough calories or nutrients throughout the day, then by all means listen to your body and eat something healthy. But if you're certain it's just your body jonesing for a snack, then I suggest you turn to these options below.
- Zero-calorie beverages are my #1 saving grace when it comes to late night (or even early morning) munchies. I'm not talking about diet soda here, but instead lets look at a few healthy drinks. I do intermittent fasting so I choose drinks that aren't going to kick me out of my fast. Here are some of my favorites:
- Unsweetened Hot or Iced Tea
- Licorice Tea - Now I'm not a huge fan of black licorice, but this stuff has a yummy sweet flavor that tastes like its sweetened.
- Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Tea - Holy crap! This stuff totally hits the spot after dinner when I need just a little something to help me feel like I just had dessert. If you like sweet cinnamon, this will rock your world.
- Unsweetened Hot or Iced Tea
- My Own Homemade Mock-arita
- Watch my YouTube video here or just follow the steps below:
- A tall glass
- A shot of apple cider vinegar
- A can of cold, unsweetened sparkling water (recommended: lemon-lime flavor)
- Pink Himalayan salt cracked into a bowl/plate
- A quarter of a lime
- Ice (optional)
- Step 1: Run the lime around the rim of your glass and press rim onto the plate/bowl of pink salt
- Step 2: Pour in sparkling water and in a shot of apple cider vinegar
- Step 3: Finish of with a squeeze of lime and add ice, if desired
- Apple cider vinegar is incredibly beneficial to your health (more posts on this later) but quite frankly, it can be super gnarly to drink on its own. But this mock-arita not only makes it taste delish but fills up your stomach!
- Get this, pink Himalayan salt has been known to reduce signs of aging, help with ketosis and even improve sleep quality - bam!
- Hint Water
- No sweeteners whatsoever but seriously tasty!
- Pineapple is my favorite - I can't believe its not sweetened
- Infused Water
- A quick Google search will show you that people can go nuts with all of the options for infusing water. So find a flavor that you like and infuser bottle to your liking and go wild!
- My personal favorite flavor is chocolate mint - just put chocolate mint leaves in your infuser and refrigerate for a bit
Sometimes I do all of these throughout the day because I realize that I'm actually dehydrated but it's showing up as hunger. Other times, just one of these drinks is sufficient and I can feel satisfied enough to keep fasting. For more information on weight loss, check out more of my articles on here at lauratenpas.com
Enter the share circle: Do you have any beverages or tricks that you like to use to keep from binging on snacks?