The hallmark of a good night time snack is a food that will help fulfill a nagging craving while at the same time help you unwind and get ready for bed.
We’ve all been there: It’s late, we’re hungry, and the drive-through window is beckoning.
But before you grab the keys (or call for delivery) check out this list of less food-coma inducing late-night fare. It may require a little more work than swinging through a fast food joint, but the payoff is the seriously delicious satisfaction of knowing you’re feeding yourself well plays a critical role in the quality and duration of your sleep.
Ensure sweet dreams by choosing one of our best foods to eat late at night.
Chocolate is always seen as a forbidden food for dieters across the board-but not every kind of chocolate is the same. The dark chocolate lacks high sugar unlike traditional chocolate and instead serves as an antioxidant that has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure,fight inflammation and improve your mood. Next time you lust after chocolate at night, you can have a piece of dark chocolate.
This creamy textured dairy product is not always smooth and light on the tummy. But cottage cheese is a great source of protein casein. Casein is the slower-digesting milk protein, which boosts recovery while you sleep when taken later at night. Ideally avoid clubbing it with bread at night, as it will take you more time to digest.
Frozen blueberries are one of the best foods you can eat for your health, they are packed with just as many high-powered antioxidants as their fresh counterparts because they are frozen when they are completely ripe.Research shows that the nutrients in blueberries can improve heart health and brain function.
STRAWBERRY BANANA ICE CREAM
People vouch for ice cream as a great late-night treat, but with a half cup packing (almost 200 calories), this treat becomes out of bounds soon enough. An alternative to traditional ice cream is to make it with frozen bananas. Mashed frozen bananas provide an ice cream-like consistency without the added sugars, fat and calories. Add strawberries for flavor and a shot of vitamin C to sin less when you crave for ice cream in the middle of the night.
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
One serving of roasted pumpkin seeds contains almost 50 per cent of your recommended intake of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is used in over 300 reactions in your body. It is a relaxant and high magnesium snacks are ideal for helping you unravel at night.
Next time you want to snack on something while watching your favorite movie, reach out for a quarter cup of roasted pumpkin seeds.
Snickers may be calling your name, but you won’t feel very good after inhaling an entire bar. Make these chocolate almond protein bars instead. They’re totally vegan and made with just five ingredients (plus salt and cinnamon for flavor), and you can whip them up in less than 20 minutes.
SALTED CARROT CHIPS
If you’re craving something salty and savory, don’t dig into a bag of fattening potato chips. Instead, bake a batch of these salted carrot chips. One serving is just 79 calories. They’re delicate, light, and crispy, and they also come with a built-in handle, which makes them even more fun to nosh.
HEALTHY BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES
French fries are undoubtedly addictive, especially the ones served at late-night eateries. This recipe calls for baking, not frying (without sacrificing any flavor!). Sweet potato fries, in particular, pack some serious vitamin A, which gives your eyes a boost at the end of a long day.
HOMEMADE BAGEL BITES
No matter how much we wish for it, pizza isn’t exactly a vegetable—but it’s still possible to make a healthy version of the perennial favorite, bagel bites, for a midnight snack! Built-in portion control does these snacks good. To make them even healthier, use whole-wheat bagels, and top with herbs and veggies.
EGG AND AVOCADO SAND-WITCH
Eggs and veggies on toast make an excellent, balanced snack.super food avocado automatically sums ups the nutrition profile of this sandwich. It’s natural creaminess will make cheese seem almost sub par in comparison.
“Late night cravings may not be as bad for your waistline as you think”
Written by: Hina Mehra