Can you count how many times it’s late at night and you’re craving something to eat just, well, because? Eating past 7-8pm is not recommended since the body won’t get enough movement and instead the food is stored as fat. What if you’re really hungry and can’t quite resist a snack? Here are some foods which won’t cause a whole lot of trouble at night, but try to wait an least an hour before hitting the sack!
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and are full of fibre so enjoy a handful if you’re feeling peckish. Blueberries are also a superfood full of vitamin C and vitamin E, and have a relatively low sugar intake compared to other fruits. Enjoy over a cup of yoghurt if you’re feeling extra hungry.
If you’re craving a packet of dry chips late at night, try some chopped carrot pieces instead. The munching will make it seem like you’re eating chips, but with all the added health benefits of this versatile vegetable. Carrots are filled with vitamin A, help to improve vision and contribute to clear skin. Enjoy with some hummus for extra flavour.
Most of the time, many people confuse the feeling thirst and hunger. This almost always ends up in eating a big meal when we aren’t even craving it! Green tea is a fantastic option since it will relax your body right before bed, and is packed with L-theanine which is also a natural remedy for anxiety and stress.
A handful of air-popped popcorn is sure to do the trick if you’re feeling peckish at night. Don’t even think about adding salt and butter, rather sprinkle a bit of cinnamon to keep it sweet.
Apples are a great option if you’re craving something sweet at night, since they are low in calories and also have a low GI. They are a naturally sweet fruit, and will surely keep you full and snack-free for the rest of the evening. If you just can’t resist, spread a small amount of peanut-butter for a sweet topping.
Unlike milk or white chocolate, remember that darker is better. Aim for dark chocolate which is higher than 70% since anything below that mark contains more added sugar per bar. Dark chocolate is filled with healthy antioxidants, so enjoy a few pieces if you aren’t afraid of the bitter taste.
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By Felicia Sapountzis