What do you do when you get a late-night stomach rumble? It’s a common question I get — as are the follow-up questions about digestion, sleep, weight gain and metabolism. Let’s break it down into the best midnight snacks for you.
Up all night to meet a deadline, working the overnight shift or maybe even awake with a newborn — you need the right snacks to get you through. I suggest starting with a simple combination of complex carbohydrate and protein:
2 ounces of low-fat cheese and a serving of 3 Triscuit Hint of Salt Wheat Crackers
Fruity Peanut Butter Dip loaded with sustaining, heart healthy fat
We lose sleep for many reasons. Luckily, there are several home remedies you can try that may get your sleep pattern back on track. In fact, the right foods might just be what you need to calm your body and send you on your way to a restful slumber. Grab a cup of calming tea or warm milk and try one of these Guiding Stars-rated snack options that offer a nutrient known to aid sleep:
For potassium and magnesium — consume a small baked potato, almonds or a banana
For tryptophan — pair a small potato with a small portion of turkey, or try pumpkin seeds or peanuts
For melatonin — go for tomatoes, cherries, grapes or walnuts
You don’t necessarily need to eat, but you most definitely crave something and want to eat. Go for a low-calorie snack, like one of these options:
Popcorn, like this brand recommended by Guiding Stars
Sneak in another fruit serving with this “Cocoa-Nut” Banana recipe
Plan ahead and make these delicious, low-calorie Carrot Chips
Sometimes we just want something sweet — OK, maybe some of us we want it all of the time! Late at night, when your body is calling for something sugary, look for a snack that satisfies the sweet without too much decadence.
1 serving of Edy’s Sugar Free French Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Kellogg’s Special K Chocolately Chip Cookie Bar
Or if you like to bake, make ahead and freeze these chocolate chip cookies (defrost one or two as you want them)