An ounce of dark chocolate has just 150 calories and is loaded with antioxidants. “Healthy indulgences like dark chocolate—at least 70 percent cocoa—keeps you motivated to stay on a healthy eating plan,” Ayoob says. “And an ounce is a lot, for very dark chocolate.” Chocolate is great as long as you don’t eat it late at night. Here are the 13 foods nutritionists never eat before bed.
Fiber One cereal
Any variety of Fiber One cereal is a good choice, Ayoob says, but his favorite is the original—and no, they’re not paying him to say so. “Try any high-fiber cereal you like,” he says. “This snack works well with anything you might be drinking, it’s only about 100 calories or less for most high-fiber cereals, and most people need way more fiber than they get.” Don’t miss the 19 foods nutritionists always buy at Trader Joe’s.
“The bars I choose are less than 200 calories each, low in sugar, and have more than 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber,” says Sheryl Lozicki, RDN, MBA, a registered dietitian in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though flavor is a personal preference, Lozicki recommends looking for bars with both fiber and protein to stay fuller longer and maintain a steady supply of energy.