If you find yourself awake during the nighttime hours, it is likely that you’ll start to feel hungry. When the urge to snack hits, you need to make sure you eat food that is healthy and won’t keep you up all night. You should avoid foods that have excess amounts of calories, sugar and caffeine. Whenever possible, choose foods that are healthy and nutritious.
Night eaters should always have some cottage cheese at hand. It is an incredibly healthy snacking option that is low in fat and loaded with protein. Cottage cheese can satisfy whatever type of craving you are having. If you have a taste for a salty snack, have a few whole-wheat crackers with your cottage cheese. If sweet is what you’re after, mix in some fresh sliced peaches. If you are searching for something different, mix in 1 tbsp. of natural peanut butter.
Raw vegetables are a healthy snack, no matter what time of day you eat them. They are an especially good snack to eat at night because they will fill you up without leading to discomfort when you lie down to sleep. Raw vegetables provide lots of nutrients that are beneficial to your body, and they have a very low calorie count. For a healthy snack, try some celery or carrot sticks.
When you're starving at night, try making a sandwich with whole-wheat bread. Start with some lean meat such as turkey or roasted chicken and then pile on your favorite vegetables. If you have to have cheese on your sandwich, choose a reduced-fat variety. Your body will be able to digest the whole wheat and won’t leave you with a heavy, bloated feeling as will breads that are heavily processed.
Fresh fruit is a snack that you can never go wrong with. It is a low calorie option that is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that help your body function properly. If you want a sweet treat, snack on berries, peaches, pears, apples or bananas instead of reaching for a candy bar or snack cake. These fruits also contain magnesium, which is helpful in relaxing your body, allowing you to fall asleep quickly. Avoid citrus fruits such as pineapple and cantaloupe, as your body may have a hard time digesting them, leading to acid reflux.
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- “The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia”; Peggy Markel; 2010
- “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating”; Walter C. Willett; 2005