We've been told it's not good to eat late at night. But it's not true that our metabolic rates stop when we go to bed ”” they just slow down. So it's not the worst thing in the world to have a little snack before you head to bed for the night (or if you wake up during the night with hunger pangs). Just make sure it's something small and easy to digest so you can get to sleep quickly. Your body needs that too!
When choosing the perfect midnight snack, nutritionists advise to go for something with complex carbs and some protein to keep you full and satisfied. Avoid sugar, spicy things and meals too big to digest comfortably. That means no middle-of-the-night cake, as tempting as it may be. Try these snacks instead!
Eggs are the most super of the super foods. They're delicious in so many forms, and they pack a fantastic nutritional punch. A hard-boiled egg will satisfy you whether you eat it on its own or slice it up on a piece of multigrain toast.
There's almost nothing better than smashed avocado and a little sea salt on a piece of toast. Maximize the health benefits for your midnight snack by using a delicious, nutty piece of multigrain bread.
A protein bar or nutty granola bar is also a great midnight snack, but make sure you either make them from scratch or choose one without a lot of added sugar. This recipe is a total winner (and it'll even satisfy that chocolate craving of yours).
If you're craving something cold and sweet, don't reach for the ice cream! It takes some pre-planning, but frozen fruit is a great midnight snack. It can be even sweeter if you dip it in Greek yogurt before freezing.
If you have that late night chocolate craving, which ”” let's be honest ”” we all do most of the time, reach for a piece of dark chocolate, or make this vegan chocolate mousse! It only needs to chill for an hour before it's ready to be devoured!
If you just have to have your ice cream, make your own. This is two-ingredient banana peanut butter ice cream. All you need is frozen bananas and peanut butter (and any add-ins you want). Blended bananas take on the creamy texture of ice cream all on their own without any added sugar or dairy, and it's totally delicious.