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Late Night Snack Attack

Hunger keeping you awake? Here are some healthy snack options.

You’re up late hanging out with friends, studying for an exam, or you just can’t fall asleep. You ate dinner hours ago and now you’re hungry again. Can you wait until breakfast? If not, then you may need to eat a small snack.

Many people think that whatever you eat at night makes you gain weight. And while some research supports this idea, not all of it does. A calorie is a calorie no matter what time of day you eat it. It is easy, however, to overdo it on calories when you’re tired, so be careful! Also, you do your metabolism a favor if you stick to a meal schedule.

Instead of raiding the refrigerator or stopping by a convenience store in the middle of the night for chips, candy, cookies, or other junk food, stick to your diet with these healthy midnight snack ideas and wake up feeling healthier for it.

Snack 1: Yogurt

Get your calcium and protein from a small cup of Greek yogurt. Add some berries, banana slices, or peach slices for added fiber. Look for yogurt brands low in added sugar. Yogurt makes a great snack any time of day, but is also great at night. That’s because the calcium in yogurt may help your body produce melatonin, the hormone needed for good sleep.

Snack 2: Apple Slices and Peanut Butter

Get your munchies under control with a few apple slices dipped in peanut butter. The fiber in apples combined with the healthy fats in peanut butter will fill you up so you can go to sleep with a full belly. Buy all-natural peanut butter that’s lower than regular peanut butter in added sugar and unhealthy fats.

Snack 3: Cheese and Crackers

A snack that includes protein and carbs helps keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Keep whole-grain crackers on hand and pair them with your choice of cheese slices. Cheese not only tastes great but also contains tryptophan, the chemical that helps induce sleep when combined with whole grains.

Snack 4: Popcorn

Watching movies late at night calls for a bowl of popcorn. Instead of microwave popcorn, which contains unhealthy ingredients, air-pop your own kernels. Add a little salt, margarine, or flavoring and enjoy a bowlful without regret.

Snack 5: Cereal

A bowl of cold or hot cereal with skim milk poured on top makes for a great late night snack. However, you need to be picky about what cereal you buy. Avoid those that are made with added sugars, colors, or flavors. Instead, look for cereals made with whole grains and that are high in fiber. A bowl of hot cereal may be just the thing to help calm and relax you before climbing into bed for a restful night of sleep. Sprinkle some cinnamon or dried fruit on top for a touch of sweetness.

Snack 6: Veggies and Dip

Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, satisfy your craving for something crunchy with vegetables. Low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients, you can’t go wrong with vegetables. Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, pepper slices, celery sticks, and broccoli florets are all great options. For added flavor, dip the veggies in hummus or a dip made from Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

Snack 7: Eggs

Keep hard-boiled eggs on hand or whip up some scrambled eggs for a nutritious and filling late night snack. Eggs provide complete protein and are filled with essential vitamins and minerals. Sprinkle on a little salt or pepper for flavor.

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