Is Your Kitchen


Woman Starring Into Refrigerator Late at Night

For the past few months, you’ve attempted to eat healthier and exercise. Sadly, your earnest efforts haven’t yet yielded the results you expected to realize. If you can relate to this scenario, you might share a common problem with many other people trying desperately to lose weight. Your kitchen may not be “late night” healthy. The late night munchies can wreak havoc on one’s waistline. Many people eat while sitting in front of a television relaxing at night. Before they realize it, they’ve already downed a bag of potato chips, a box of cookies, or a carton of ice cream. Thankfully, dieting doesn’t preclude you from enjoying a late night snack. You simply must modify the selection of snack foods at your home.

Some people crave different types of foods at night. If you tend to gravitate toward crunchy snacks, you might be a potato chip or pretzel addict. Unfortunately, these crunchy foods are loaded with health harming saturated fat and calories. Better crunchy options include:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Nuts
  • Rice cakes
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Whole grain crackers 

Perhaps you like sugary late night snacks instead of crunchy ones. If you crave a sugar fix before bedtime, you might tend to reach for ice cream, cookies, candy, and pastries at night. Waistline friendlier alternatives to these foods include:

  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Plain Greek yogurt topped with cinnamon
  • A piece of whole grain toast sprinkled with cinnamon 

If you’re dieting downfall is salt, you might frequently eat crackers, potato chips, and even processed meat at night. For salt cravers, popcorn is a healthy late night snack to indulge in. Popcorn is filling and relatively low in calories. Therefore, you can enjoy a hefty portion of it without derailing your diet. To control the calories, salt, and fat, pop your own popcorn instead of buying prepackaged servings of microwave popcorn at the grocery store.

To wash your snacks down, stick with healthy beverages such as water or low-fat milk.

If you’re encountering difficulty on your weight loss journey, late night snacking might be to blame. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice your nightly snacking ritual for your figure. By making healthy snacking selections, you can eventually go to bed feeling full and thin.

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