Did your "great day" include enough calories to support your body and activities and meet your nutritional needs? You really can't trick your body into consuming substantially less than it needs.
Why do you think you can't have a healthy snack? There is no magic time cutoff. Your body does not know what time it is. Calories eaten at 9 a.m. will process the same as those consumed at 9 p.m. if it is within your allotment for the day.
If you are truly hungry, eat a balanced snack of some protein and carbs. If this happens regularly, plan your calories accordingly so a late snack is part of the day's plan. I find if I go to bed hungry, I don't sleep well and have been known to wake up and grab something anyway. And the poor sleep certainly doesn't make the next day any easier.
My new strategy is to have a protein powder and fruit smoothie before bed. If you freeze the fruit first, you get a real creamy texture, especially with bananas. Avoid the commercial ones that are loaded with added sugar. This is about 200 or 250 calories, depending on the fruit. The protein keeps me feeling full throught the night and studies have shown that the extra protein is helpful with muscle repair while you sleep.
Eating right shouldn't be about being hungry or deprivation. Listen to your body and find strategies that work for you.