Late Night Snacking Tips

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Let’s talk late night snacking.  I’m guilty…and you’re probably guilty too.  12 a.m. rolls around and suddenly all you can think about is what’s in your pantry.  Many diets condemn late-night eating because of its supposed effects on your waist line.  I’m here to tell you that you can snack at night…you just need to do it right. 

Turns out that snacking before bed can help prevent restless sleep.  But not all snacks are created equal.  I find that the key is to plan ahead.  Don’t let your snack choice be a game-time decision.  Having pre-made or easy to assemble snacks help prevent late-night temptations.  My snacks are accessible, low-calorie, and even provide nutrients to help you fall asleep. 

Sweet dreams and happy snacking!

  1. Banana Ice Cream Sundae.  Blended frozen bananas taste just like ice cream!  Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium, which can help you relax and prevent insomnia.  I like to make a sundae by adding some of my favorite toppings to my banana ice cream!  Check out my recipe here.
  2. Frozen Mango.  Frozen mangos are the perfect late-night treat to satisfy your sweet tooth because they help reduce sugar cravings (cookies, brownies, candy, ice-cream.)  Mangos are also a great source of l-tryptophan, an amino acid that can help induce sleep.
  3. Homemade Rosemary Garlic Pita Chips.  Pita chips are a carbohydrate-rich food, which encourages the body’s production of insulin.  With insulin comes tryptophan, which helps promote sleep.  Toast pita bread for 2-3 minutes in a toaster or toaster oven.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder.  Store-bought pita chips are filled with oil and excess calories. In moderation, Stacy’s Pita Chips are a good option, though I prefer making my own.
  4. Oatmeal.  Oatmeal is not just for mornings!  It contains melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.  Oatmeal is also rich in vitamin b6, which will helps reduce stress and promote a sound nights sleep.

 

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