Eating late at night is not always healthy, however this generation has a habit of staying up late and the reasons can be exams, watching a movie or maybe you’ve had a busy evening and you couldn’t eat dinner and you just can’t sleep because your stomach keeps telling you it’s empty. So choosing healthy snacks at night is very important. Most of us depend on ice-cream, chocolate cookies and bag full of chips for our midnight cravings but this can afffect your health and lifestyle so to avoid unhealthy and fatty food late night is a good idea.
Some things should be taken care of before you move on to munch something like you should drink a glass of water always before snacking, to check if you really are hungry or just looking for an excuse to not sleep and procrastinate. Also amount of calories is a matter of concern because it’s not a meal but snack, you should stick to less than 200 calories and wait at least for an hour after eating before you crash into bed as it might lead to indigestion.
Here are some all time favorite and quick and healthy late-night-snack ideas
Being an excellent source of protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-12, and in addition it contains beneficial bacterial cultures, making it a potential source of probiotics which is good for your digestion. You can have plain yogurts and adding some fruits to it or you can also get flavored yogurts but do read the labels before buying as some of them contain high calories.
You should avoid heavy meals at night. Night snacks time is perfect to have light meals rich in carbohydrates and they are easy to digest. Also a bowl of milk and cereal is high in calcium and fiber so it’s a satisfying snack.
Choose any microwave popcorn less than 100 calories, and skip butter you can add honey if you want. It’s very light and rich in fiber so it’s always a good idea to have popcorns when you are watching a late night movie.
Some of the most nutritious food you will ever find include berries, they are high in minerals and vitamins and also antioxidants and not to forget they are deliciously healthy. Fruits full of fiber and vitamins and also flavor, even better when you add some nuts to them like banana with a handful of almonds.
Fresh veggies are full of fiber, minerals and vitamins. They serve a perfect crunchy and healthy night snack. For example carrots and hummus is a good combination.
Here if you are thinking about canned soups then you’re wrong because canned soups are rich in sodium which can cause bloating so make your own vegetable soup. Soup is simply warm and comforting and easy to digest.
Rich source of protein, a hard boiled egg is a simple and a healthy snack when you need to recharge yourself.
Eating peanut butter before bed is always healthy; it has an amino acid called Tryptophan it promotes the release of serotonin which has a calming effect on brain.it also helps in weight management.
I hope it helped you in choosing your midnight snacks wisely.