Late night cravings are hard to beat. You had an early dinner and now your tummy is making weird noises. Maybe you are binge-watching your favorite show overnight and you end up hungry.
But eating late night is never supported by doctors. According to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions annual meeting, eating late night can increase the risk of catching several diseases.
It can cause higher levels of blood pressure, insulin, resting blood sugar and HOMA-IR in the body. But people still can help, but eat to satiate hunger pangs. If you are going to do it anyway, then why not eat healthily. It will also help to keep damage at a minimum. Here are our 5 top snacks that you should try when hunger strikes after midnight-
1. Low-sugar yogurt with berries
Yogurt is considered as an excellent source of protein. But if you go with a sweet one, you’ll end up consuming unwanted calories. Try to pick the low-sugar yogurt. If you feel something is missing, add berries to it. It will give you enough carbs, antioxidants, and fibers to beat your midnight cravings.
2. Peanut butter and fruits
Just add some peanut butter in a bowl filled with fruits. Treat your body with healthy fats, carbohydrates, a little protein. Forget peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you might like peanut butter and fruits more. You can use fruits like banana or sliced apple to create this midnight treat. Also, you can use any other nut butter as well.
Popcorns are high in carbs, fiber and also has some protein. They are also very easy to prepare. But we are not recommending you eating microwaved popcorns. As additives that are used to increase the shelf life in most microwave popcorn brands aren’t healthy. Try to make it air-popped or stove-popped (with some olive oil) popcorns.
4. Scrambled eggs on whole grain toast
If you don’t want to eat boring and you are still feeling energetic, try and make a scrambled eggs toast. Add some vegetable and herbs to give it a flavor. This snack will provide your body with protein, carbs and healthy fat to make it feel full.
5. Decaf tea
Sometimes you think you are hungry when in reality, you’re just thirsty. Not just this but science has proved that you eat when you have nothing to do. Seems like a problem right? If you’re afraid you will get extra pounds, try decaf tea (you don’t want caffeine, don’t try it) as it will make your belly full and provide important antioxidants.
It gets hard to sleep when you are hungry but eating late night is also bad or your health. It’s a good thing that you know about these 5 healthy midnight sacks that will help you beat your late night hunger pangs.