HEALTHY MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS
They say there’s a reason why the fridge has a light when you open it…for all your Midnight Cravings, of course! But, eating late at night can have an adverse effect on your body. Gaining unhealthy pounds can put you at risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases. Most of us don’t have a choice. Students staying up at night swotting for mid-terms, lawyers preparing briefs, authors trying to get over a writer’s block or just big foodies who just crave a snack before bed. Now, you do have a choice. Healthy snacks instead of junk, fast food can satiate your midnight cravings and prevent you from ballooning up. Keep reading below to find out my top 5 favourite healthy foods to satisfy your Midnight Cravings!
You heard me, sandwiches! Unless you have celiac’s disease that makes you gluten intolerant, Sandwiches make a perfect Midnight snack. Using whole-wheat, multi-grain bread is a healthier option. Avoid adding any fatty dressing- drizzle some olive oil instead. Grilled chicken sandwiches taste the best at night.
Chomp on Veggies & Fruits
Veggies usually don’t find a way to the list of Midnight Cravings. But carrots, roasted corn, potatoes and tomatoes are an excellent way to fight the Midnight Hunger Squad. Fruits are easily the best way to get your calories in. A piece of fruit has the same amount as a bowl of chips but is far more satisfying. Bananas, apples, watermelon, any kind of fruit really is ideal!
It’s Fro-Yo time! As a midnight snack, fro-yo is a great experience. It’s sweet, chilled and filling. It comes in different flavours so you will never ever get bored. If you can’t get your hands on fro-yo, plain yoghurt works just as well. Toss in a few pieces of fruit in it and enjoy a yummy before-bed snack. Bonus: Yogurt aids in digestion so say bye-bye to all your tummy problems!
Oats & Milk
Having a small bowl of oats with milk is perfect for your sleepy time. If you are lactose intolerant, swap milk out for almond milk or coconut milk. Even with regular milk, you can use any kind of milk…full fat, skimmed milk and so on. It’s super easy to make as well. All you need to do is throw it in the microwave on high heat for a minute. If you’re not a fan of oats, you can always eat your favourite cereal but watch out for the sugar in them. Choose the cereal with no hidden sugar in them.
Who would’ve thought of an all-time movie theatre staple is actually a healthy snack? Popcorn! It’s a great snack and you can chomp on it happily. Beware of the butter, though! Plain old Popcorn is the best. You can, however, season it with a pinch of salt and oregano or chilli flakes. Snack away!
For all of you who have made it this far, here’s a bonus tip for you:
Try some H20
Our brains cannot distinguish between thirst and hunger sometimes. Having a glass of water when you get the hunger pangs can fill you up. The best part is that water has no calories so you can drink as much as you want. Once you hydrate yourself, check if you still feel hungry. Most often, you will not.
Water has a lot of benefits. From regulating your bodily functions to promoting weight loss, staying hydrated is the best thing you can do! Also, you don’t have to settle for plain water. Find out more on the upcoming blog, “Water Mixology for Weight Loss: Special Tonics”.