If you’re like me, you love to indulge in late night snacks after the kids are in bed and the chores are done. Too many snacks though, and your run the risk of overdoing it on calories, which can cause you to pile on the pounds. Don’t worry – you can still enjoy a yummy snack, just keep it moderate and balance it with your intake for the rest of the day. Check out my favorite late night snacks and you’ll never go to bed hungry again.
It’s not just for breakfast! A bowl of cereal is one of the best late night snacks because it’ll help you feel sleepy due to the tryptophan in the milk and it’ll keep hunger at bay until morning comes. Choose cereal that’s low in sugar to prevent a burst of extra energy just when you want to hit the sack. A high-fiber, low-calorie choice topped with low-fat milk is perfect. I like shredded wheat or corn flakes.
You can eat a lot of popcorn for very few calories. It’s a whole grain too, so it’ll satisfy hunger without making you feel guilty for raiding the bag of chips…again. Season a few cups of air-popped popcorn with a dash of Parmesan cheese or chili powder for lots of flavor without many added calories.
Turkey has tryptophan too, so it’s perfect for a late night snack. Wrap one slice of turkey around one slice of low-fat cheese and enjoy! You can have this one while you walk around the house checking the locks and closing the windows and it only takes a minute to throw together.
Many granola bars are healthy and delicious. Go for one that’s heavy on oats, nuts and dried fruit and light on added sugar and fat. Not only will you fill your tummy with fiber, which controls appetite, but the ingredients in a healthy granola bar are full of important nutrients that you need for good overall health. You can’t beat that!
Yogurt is a super healthy food as long as you buy brands that aren’t full of added sugar. I usually go for plain Greek yogurt because it has a yummy tangy taste, but it doesn’t have a high calorie count. Then I sweeten it with chopped strawberries and a touch of honey. Bananas, blueberries, kiwis and mangoes are other fruits that naturally sweeten the yogurt without being high in calories.
Yes, you read that right! Pudding is perfect for a before bed snack. It’s sweet enough to satisfy a dessert craving, but you can find low-fat versions that won’t wreck your healthy eating goals and won’t leave you lying in bed so full you can’t get comfortable. Most flavors are great, but you can’t go wrong with a cup of chocolate pudding before going to bed. Sweet dreams, for sure!
Trail mix is crunchy and delicious and you can mix and match your favorite ingredients to make a flavor you’ll love. Or you could do like I do and just buy a pre-made version so you don’t even have to put in the effort. I like spicy versions, but dry cereal, raisins and pretzels are an easy combination you can put together at home.
What’s your favorite late night snack? Do you go to bed happier after eating? I know I do.
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