4 Better-For-You Snacks For Those Midnight Munchies
If you need to snack late at night, try these instead of the usual.
When you are eating instead of sleeping, especially late at night, it's kind of easy to grab a bag of salty chips, a pint of sweet ice cream, or a chewy candy bar. For some reason, those foods go perfectly with the movie rerun from several years ago or an old jaded sitcom.
But the late hour should not be the time to let your guard down, no matter how good it might feel. In fact, your whole body operates on an eating rhythm and a late night binge may just throw it off and increase chances of sleeplessness and even weight gain.
Your first line of defense is to skip the snacks altogether. Take a few sips of water and think about what you plan to have for breakfast instead. If you're compelled to snack, here are some ways to substitute in better-for-you choices that will provide nourishment along with that munchy satisfaction.
Fruit Chips Instead of Potato Chips
Healthier, cleaner, and more fun, try these mango chips by Natural Sins instead of a greasy potato chip. The fruit is from Costa Rica and they have a nice crispy crunch. They are made with only two ingredients - fruit and cane sugar. Try the coconut chips as well.
Frozen Nut Butters Instead of Ice Cream
Try freezing a naturally made nut butter ahead of time so that it's ready for late night snacking instead of reaching for the ice cream pint. Nut butters have fats that your body may be craving, but the fats are healthier than those from ice cream. They may even help with brain health, such as almond butter. Enjoy healthy and delicious flavors such as Maple Pecan Butter.
Macaroons Instead of Chocolate
A chocolate bar may be one of the more convenient items to have next to bed. There are in fact a wide range of excellent chocolate bars to choose from and opt for dark chocolate if you can. However, a healthier treat to consider are macaroons which are mini coconut cakes. Some come in chocolate flavor as well. Coconut is a heathy superfood and can do the body good even late at night.
Chickpea Bark Or Coconut Brittle Instead of a Candy Bar
If you just absolutely have to have something sweeter and more indulgent, go for the healthiest option you can find. Instead of a candy bar, try chocolate chickpea bark to get fiber and protein or coconut brittle for a sweet crunch that's mostly coconut. These are sweeter ways to get healthier ingredients but they have fewer and more natural ingredients than the super sweet items on the grocery store shelf.
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