Healthy Options for Midnight Snacks

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Midnight snacks. We all have them. We try to fall asleep but our stomachs have other plans.

Usually the later it gets, the more junk food you crave. Especially if you’ve been drinking: forget healthy eating, all we want is greasy fast food.

But the type of snacks we crave can turn into an unhealthy habit: it’s not good eat late at night anyways and unhealthy food doesn’t help the situation. Luckily there are ways to satisfy those late night cravings without turning to junk food.

Here are some swaps you can make to turn less healthy snacks into a healthy alternative:

Swap Peanut Butter for Almond Butter

Almond butter is lower in calories and overall healthier (it’s even flavorful and delicious too!).

Swap Potato Chips for Stove-Popped Popcorn

Popcorn is healthier than potato chips, but natural stove-popped popcorn is even healthier–no added preservatives or butter goop. Just remember not to turn your healthier alternative unhealthy by drowning it in butter and dousing it in salt! Keep it light.

Swap Candy for Fruit

Try fruits like strawberries and blueberries. These contain natural sugars that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Swap Pizza for Caprese Salad

You still get the cheese and tomatoes without the crust and added grease. Layer slices of tomato and mozzarella with some basil leaves and extra-virgin olive oil and you’ve got a delicious healthy alternative!

Tips:

  • Try not to overeat before bed.
  • Eat a healthy portion until you are satisfied.
  • If you feel you are hungry even though you just ate, try drinking a glass of water. Often we are just thirsty but think we are hungry. The H2O will curb your cravings before bed.
  • Keep it light.
  • Keep it simple.

Sometimes being hungry at 10pm or midnight is unavoidable. If you work late or have a busy schedule all day that only allows you to have a late dinner that’s ok: just remember to try out some healthier options.

By: Melissa Krueger

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