Sunday, February 12, 2012

Healthy Late Night Snacks

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Healthy snacks must be included in your daily eating habits if you want to stick to a healthy eating plan. You may not notice it but your healthy eating plan may be jeopardized when it comes to choosing your late night snacks. I found this great info on late night eating and thought you would enjoy reading it too. It has a lot of good snack ideas.

You may stay up most nights because your work demands it or because of a good book or a television program. Whatever the reason may be, staying up late may also mean that you will get a craving for a late night snack once you hear your stomach growling.

Reasons For Late Night Food Cravings

There are many reasons why you may get a food craving in the middle of the night.
  • Dehydration is one of the main reasons of late night food cravings and hunger
  • It could derive from boredom
  • You could be genuinely hungry because of an early dinner
  • You suffer from low salt or sugar levels
  • Lack of protein in your body
For any of the reasons stated, your hunger needs to be satisfied nonetheless and a healthy snack is what you should grab instead of unhealthy junk foods.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Try to think about what you should eat rather than what you want to eat on your way to the kitchen. Junk foods tend to make you feel guilty afterward because you consume unwanted calories. It may satisfy your craving for the time being, but it will leave you feeling remorseful. Late night snacking may contribute to weight gain. Furthermore, junk foods may prevent you from getting proper sleep.
Since dehydration is one of the main reasons for food cravings, drink some water first when you feel hungry in the middle of the night. If you are dehydrated then the water will satisfy the hunger you are feeling. Avoid drinking coffee or any beverages that contain caffeine. If drinking water still leaves you hungry, go to the kitchen and prepare yourself some healthy snacks.

Protein-Rich Late Night Snacks

Choosing protein-rich foods for late night snacks is better for you than foods that have high contents of carbohydrates. Small servings of protein-rich foods will make you feel full longer. Some of the protein-rich snacks you may consider are:
  • Protein or granola bars
  • Egg rolls
  • A mixture of fresh fruits
  • A cup of yogurt
  • Crackers and cheese
Other great late night snacks ideas are:
  • Veggie sticks with yogurt dips
  • A bowl of cereal with skimmed milk
  • A cup of hot chocolate
  • A nutritious sandwich
One way to be prepared for late night hunger or food cravings is to set up a small space in your kitchen or refrigerator specifically for late night snacks. You can prepare in advance your healthy snacks during the day so that when your cravings for snacks kick in late at night, it is a sure bet that what you will grab is a healthy snack.



  1. I love this post! Thanks for sharing!!! I hope you don't mind, I posted a link to your blog on mine. I am commited to doing the right thing for my mind and body and I have you to thank! You are an inspiration!!

  2. Hi Michelle. Came across your blog today and I am hooked!! You give some great, realistic advice. I am a college student that doesn't have the best eating habits. I do not want to lose a lot of weight, just trying to tone up. I work out 3-4 times a week. Do you have any advice for eating out? As a college student, eating out and drinking are a very common thing and I know it is hindering my fitness goals. It is unrealistic for me to think I could quit eating out and drinking... just wondering if you have any tips. thanks!

    1. Thank you for your questions. Drink lots of water. Half you body weight in oz a day. One glass or wine is better than sugar mixed drinks. Try only once a week and baby that drink... Meaning drink it slow so it lasts longer. Sometimes the pay off is better than the drink... Think about that too. Eating out, eat half a sandwich, or small salad with dressing on the side, low fat options on menu or skip thr bread... Always bring a healthy snack just incase you dont have great choices and then gave a little something but eat your snack to keep you from the bad stuff.