Sometimes you are just really hungry at night. This is pretty common for me, especially when we eat dinner early. There are many “health enthusiasts” who will tell you not to eat at night or after a certain time. Well, let’s just say that is a myth busted. If you’re truly hungry, then your body is telling you to eat something.
I’m not saying for you to eat a steak dinner for your “snack”, but I am saying that this is a prime opportunity for you to get some extra nutrition into your day.
The first thing you should think about when reaching for a nighttime snack is:
Did you miss out on any food during the day that you should have eaten? Did you get enough fruit? Vegetables? Dairy? All of these contain nutrients that are important. Make those nutrition shortfalls, your go-to snacks.
Let’s go over these recommendations for snacks:
- Carrots and Hummus: Carrots are a safe low calorie choice with fiber and hummus contains protein
- Single piece of fruit: One piece of fruit will not give an extreme amount of fiber, but it will give you a small amount of hydration and just enough fiber to fill you up
- Air Popped Popcorn: The mother of all snacks. You can eat a ton with minimal calorie build up
- Banana “Ice Cream”: If you haven’t tried blending frozen bananas, then you have no idea what this is. Google it – or use my recipe here: http://salubriousrd.com/2017/03/healthy-chocolate-peanut-butter-ice-cream/
- Yogurt or Cheese Stick: a small amount of fat with added calcium (something you may not have eaten enough of today)
- Nut butter with fruit or whole wheat crackers: protein and small amounts of fiber to keep you full
- Frozen Fruit (cherries, berries, blueberries, grapes): These are a low calorie and refreshing treat that take a little while to eat. These are the perfect snack for those times when you just have to munch on something
- Salsa and baked chips: Salsa is extremely low in calories. Add a few filling baked tortilla chips and you will satisfy the salty and crunchy craving
- Cottage Cheese: Eat this plain or with fruit and you have a protein packed snack to keep you full all night long
- Pistachios: Make sure you get the pistachios in their shell. These take a LONG time to eat, so you will eat for a while without eating a lot of food. Pistachios have a good amount of fiber and they also give you B-vitamins, calcium, and protein. Don’t eat all night though, 1 cup of pistachios pack a whopping 690 calories.