If you are like me, a late night snack is something that is satisfying but super guilt-inducing at the same time. If I am up late, odds are I will grab something quick to tide me over. If I actually go to bed on time, it’s not really a problem for me.
But who goes to bed on time? I have kids and responsibilities. The only real time I have by myself to unwind is late at night.
Cue the snacking.
I’m sure it is a major contributor to my fluffy levels, and I decided to try and rein it back in a bit.
I asked myself, “What are some healthy late night snack options or than celery?”
Lucky for you, I’m here to share my findings!
1. Fresh veggies and dip
Staring off with the most obvious thing you should reach for, veggies. I don't think anyone has gotten fat eating carrots and broccoli late at night in the history of the planet. But it is not something I regularly crave. If you bad it up a bit and add some ranch in moderation, it becomes quite satisfying and does not burst the calorie bank.
2. Cereal and milk
In what will become a trend with these late night snacks, cereal and milk do a great job filling that snack hole in moderation. A cup of cornflakes and a half cup of skim milk will net you under 300 calories and help you sleep while keeping the calorie intake down.
3. Yogurt and fruit
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, which has been linked to better sleep. Just be sure to read labels before you purchase it because some varieties are high in added sugar. Opt for plain yogurt and add flavor with berries, chopped nuts and antioxidant-rich honey.
Popcorn is a great p.m. snack because you can have a lot of it without breaking the calorie bank. Three cups of air-popped popcorn has less than 100 calories and about 4 grams of fiber to satisfy your hunger. Skip the butter to save your waistline and mix it with dried spices instead for an extra flavor punch that adds nearly zero calories.
Oatmeal is an excellent source of filling fiber, including beta-glucan, which can help keep your cholesterol levels in check. Mix with sugar free syrup and your favorite fruit and you are on your way to a healthy late night snack.
Hopefully these tips mixed with a want to change puts you on the path toward late-night snacking success!