What do you do when it’s past 10 pm and you hear that familiar growl from your stomach alerting you to the hunger pangs you’re trying so hard to avoid? You may have had an early dinner, stayed up beyond your bedtime or craved a midnight snack. Whatever your reason is, you have probably eaten late at least once sometime this week.
The good news is, you no longer have to feel guilty about eating late because the common misconception that late night snacking can lead to weight gain is not necessarily true. Your body burns calories all day long, it just works slower at night. In addition, not only will you be hungry if you ignore your late night hunger pangs, but there’s also a chance you won’t sleep well anyway. The best way to deal with this is to make healthy snack options because it is not the fact that you’re eating late but your food choice, that matters. To help you out, here’s a list of 5 healthy snacks you can make yourself late at night.
Whole grain cereal
The right way to do it is to avoid highly sweetened cereal and stick to whole grain options. This will steady your blood sugar levels and is easy for your body to process. In addition, milk will put you right to bed because of the sleep stimulant it contains. If you have a problem digesting dairy products, you could try other milk options like almond or soy.
Whether they are almonds, pistachios or peanuts, nuts contain a natural sleep aid and have important vitamins and minerals that are good for you. To make them more exciting, you could keep a jar of mixed nuts on your nightstand.
Avocado and Toast
Salads are not the only way to enjoy avocados. This fruit can be enjoyed with crunchy toast and is the perfect filling sleep-inducing snack you need for late time eating. Avocados are a great source of magnesium and studies show that magnesium helps improve people’s quality of sleep.
Tuna’s got healthy fats and proteins making it an ideal choice before bed. You can make yourself a mini tuna sandwich or have it with some crackers. You’ll certainly love this option because tuna can be enjoyed in more ways than one.
Quick and easy fix right before bed. They help promote sleep because like avocado, bananas have high amounts of magnesium as well as potassium which are both natural muscle relaxants. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, you could try it with some peanut butter (groundnut paste).
The great thing about these snack options is that they’re all pretty healthy options. You won’t be ruining your diet as long as you keep the portions under control. These meals will ensure that your body is in the right state to make sure that when you eventually fall asleep, you will stay asleep.
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