Late Night Snacking Done Right

April 19, 2018

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It happens to all of us, tip-toeing into the kitchen for a midnight snack and while you may feel regret in the morning, nutritionists say you can make late night snack choices that a better than others. While we've known for some time that it's not great to eat right before bed, you should eat if you are hungry; no matter what time of the day or night.  It is worse to ignore that hunger with the tradeoff that you'll overeat the next time you have a meal.  So here are some tips for those late night snacks. A good nighttime snack would be around 200 calories with complex carbs and protein and make sure to pick something relatively light and leave some buffer time before you lay down. They include a high fiber cereal and milk, string cheese, avocado or hard-boiled egg on crispbread, a banana with peanut butter, fruits and nuts, turkey slices on whole grain bread and cheese and whole grain crackers. Avoid a too-big meal, since your body will have to work harder to digest, which might actually keep you awake and give yourself some time sitting up to reduce the risk of indigestion and acid reflux. Avoid anything fatty, spicy, super sugary, or caffeinated. The only time you should restrict nighttime eating is if you're exhibiting symptoms of binge-eating disorder and having a cutoff time at night is helpful for you.

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