Midnight Snacks You Will Not Feel Guilty Eating

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When it comes to diet and exercise, the common belief is that midnight snacking is forbidden. Although this can be true, a more accurate idea should be: horrible midnight snacking is forbidden. If we truly believe that “we are what we eat,” then we should be more concerned about what we eat instead of what time we eat. According to sheknows.com, there are food options that you can eat late at night and not worry about feeling guilty.

Eating vegetables are a great way to detox your body of the not-so-healthy food choices you made throughout the day. Eating greens such as spinach and kale in a midnight salad can help you feel full because they are thicker than iceberg lettuce and are cleansers. Furthermore, “veggies are full of vitamins, miner

When it comes to diet and exercise, the common belief is that midnight snacking is forbidden. Although this can be true, a more accurate idea should be: horrible midnight snacking is forbidden. If we truly believe that “we are what we eat,” then we should be more concerned about what we eat instead of what time we eat. According to sheknows.com, there are food options that you can eat late at night and not worry about feeling guilty.

Eating vegetables are a great way to detox your body of the not-so-healthy food choices you made throughout the day. Eating greens such as spinach and kale in a midnight salad can help you feel full because they are thicker than iceberg lettuce and are cleansers. Furthermore, “veggies are full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that your body can use to heal and nourish itself overnight, and they’re full of water, so you’ll feel less dehydrated when you wake up.” Feeling full, vitamins, and minerals makes vegetables great snacks at night because they will not make you feel run-down or guilty in the morning.

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Having a salad may sound like a cliché when dieting, therefore you can opt for a snack that consists of protein instead. However, you should only consider protein options that are lean, such as turkey. The good thing about turkey is that it is a “building block for your muscles but will also keep you feeling fuller longer without widening your waistline.” Turkey is great because you do not need to have it in between bread in order to feel full. You can have a few slices until you feel content—you do not want to over eat because you risk your body not being able to digest your food fully.

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Sometimes you only need a quick fix to help you go back to sleep. Choices for this are surprisingly beverages, not food. Drinking a glass of water when you wake up with midnight hunger can help you decide whether or not you are truly hungry. Unknowingly, “thirst often mimics hunger pangs.” Therefore, if you do not try to hydrate yourself first, you risk staying up longer and eating more than you really need too. You can also drink milk in order to dissipate hunger. By drinking milk, you take in fewer calories and since milk “contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps lull you into a deep sleep,” you can go back to bed faster.

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Luckily, all of these food options are low in calories and are probably in your fridge already. However, if you are trying to stay on a particular diet, be mindful of which snack you choose. Find snack choices that fit in your diet and avoid staying up too late at night in order to feel full. Sleep is just as important to a diet—and overall health, as exercise. With all of the stress you may put on your body in effort to lose weight, you may feel fatigue if you do not get the right amount of rest. If anything, these snacks will not only make you feel content and less guilty, but they will also get you back to bed faster.

 

 

About Stacy Narine

Originally from Paterson, NJ, I recently graduated from Seton Hall University with my B.A in English. I will be starting my M.A program in Literature at Seton Hall University in spring 2015. I love Pinterest, Photoshop, and writing fictional short stories about characters who are trying to establish a sense of individuality while in relationships. Ready to momentarily stray from fiction, I am motivated to write about topics that are important to women.

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