5 Snacks That Are Actually Okay to Eat at Night
By: Kayla Brown
We’ve all done it before. It's past 8:00 p.m. and we’re in the kitchen munching mindlessly on chips or leftover pasta. After the munchies are gone, we feel terrible because everyone knows that midnight snacking is bad for you. Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. Not all snacking is created equal. And late night eating, if done in a healthy way, can actually be good for you. By eating the right proteins at night, your body is working to build muscle while you sleep and regulate your appetite during the day. So here are 5 snacks that are actually okay to eat at night!
1. Dark Chocolate
Though chocolate is seen to most as a major no-no, dark chocolate lacks the high sugar content of milk chocolate, and provides you with antioxidants that have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, fight inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve your midnight mood. Next time you have a sweet tooth after hours, treat your mind and body to an ounce of your favorite dark chocolate.
2. Banana “Ice Cream”
Ice cream is the go-to late night treat. But with traditional ice cream packing around 200 calories, it’s obviously off limits. Fortunately, mashed frozen bananas have a consistency almost identical to ice-cream and it doesn’t have any of added sugar or fats. I’m sure you’re wondering, “How do I make this wondrous “healthy” banana ice cream?” Simply freeze your bananas, then remove when frozen and blend in a processor on high until you’ve created an ice-cream like consistency.
Pistachios are an awesome night-time option because shelling each one takes a little work, and the slower it takes to eat them, the less you actually eat. Plus, pistachios have tons of health benefits: weight management, protection against diabetes, improved digestion, and they’re simply filling, which helps you snack less.
Not only are they sweet and delicious, but cherries actually contain a natural source of melatonin, the hormone your body produces to help with sleep aid! Cherries have been used as a natural remedy for adults struggling with insomnia, so they are perfectly fine to snack on before bedtime.
5. Avocado (or Guacamole)
Homemade guacamole is not only simple and fun to make, but it also is high in magnesium, which has been linked to having a positive effect on the quality and length of sleep in adults. Guacamole is also a good source of healthy fats and vitamin E.
Now that you know how to snack at night, we hope that you do! Remember that moderation is key – and that better eating habits throughout the day result in feeling fuller at night. So be sure to implement these healthy snacks in your everyday lifestyle as well! Be sure to like us on Facebook and let us know which one of these healthy midnight snacks is your favorite!
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