Replacing your potato chips with healthy snacks aren’t as bad.
Midnight cravings are normal – if you don’t have them, you’re not human! But giving in to your late-night cravings for ice cream or potato chips are not only unhealthy, they can also make you feel dull and lethargic in the morning.
While some say it’s best to skip the midnight snack, it’s better to satisfy those cravings with healthier options.
Here are some healthy snacks that you can eat during Cinderella’s curfew hour without the guilt afterwards.
Cereals with milk aren’t just for breakfast, it’s a perfect snack before bed, too! Corn or bran flakes are filled with fiber that could help your digestion and bowel movement in the morning. Just make sure you’re pouring cereals with complex carbs and not those sugary, flavored cereals that have no nutritional value. And instead of whole milk, go for soy or skim milk with your cereals instead.
A banana before bed is highly beneficial – it’s filled with tryptophan, an amino acid that induces sleep and can help fight anxiety. A banana for your midnight snack also means more fiber in your digestive system, so really, you’re most likely going to have a smooth and firm poop in the morning.
3. Chocolate Almond Protein Bars
Instead of biting into a Snickers bar, replace that sinful sweet with a chocolate almond protein bar. Almonds are a great source of protein and chocolate is filled with anti-oxidants that can help prevent cancer. Note that chocolate (especially dark chocolate) isn’t totally banned from your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. Instead, you should eat it in moderation.
4. Greek Yogurt
A non-fat greek yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream. It’s as flexible as vanilla ice cream – you can throw in some nuts, granola, cereals and fruit in there. Plus, it contains tons of good bacteria that help provide microbial diversity in your guts, preventing stomach and colorectal cancer.
5. Pop Corn
Pop corn, when taken in moderation, can be a good source of protein. Opt for vegan pop corn or non-fat ones that you can buy in the supermarket. If you need salt in your pop corn, sprinkle a little bit of pink Himalayan salt – they’re as natural and unprocessed as you can get in terms of salt.