SNACK ATTACK. WHAT TO EAT WHEN YOU HAVE THE EVENING MUNCHIES

SNACK ATTACK. WHAT TO EAT WHEN YOU HAVE THE EVENING MUNCHIES

It’s been a long day at work, followed by a tough workout. The healthy supper that was filled with protein and vitamins seems like hours ago. It isn’t bedtime yet, but it feels like ‘time for a little something’.

You may have heard that food eaten late will go straight to your waist. Fortunately this doesn't seem to be true, with studies debunking the idea of the ‘stomach clock’. Nonetheless, a late evening meal needs to sit comfortably while still providing the nutrients that you need.

Here are some ideas for late night snacks that won’t disturb sleep or digestion.

DARK CHOCOLATE

No food is ‘bad’ or ‘unhealthy’, so there’s no need to cut out the chocolate totally. Dark chocolate has less sugar and fat than the milky varieties. It also contains some ingredients which may provide health benefits. As always, the evidence is inconclusive, but a couple of squares of flavoursome dark choc is unlikely to do you any harm. This will provide about 100 calories.

PUMPKIN SEEDS

These seeds contain a cocktail of vitamins, and are particularly rich in the amino acids which are believed to aid restful sleep. These acids are converted into serotonin in the body, which has been described as ‘nature’s sleeping pill’.

The seeds are high in calories and fat, with 50 grams providing nearly 300 calories.

MILKY HONEY DRINK

This is an age-old bedtime snack. If this was your childhood night-time drink, the positive associations are an extra bonus. Obviously not for anyone with lactose intolerance, but otherwise this is another way to get your serotonin and wind yourself down.

BAKED KALE CRISPS

If something savoury hits the spot, look beyond the potato crisps. Plan ahead by baking kale crisps in the oven with your evening meal. Simply tear up washed kale leaves, drizzle with olive oil, add a little salt and bake for a few minutes. They will keep for a few days in an airtight tin, should they get the chance.

Food should never be a subject for guilt. Don’t lose sight of the big picture, but there’s nothing wrong with a well-deserved treat. Remember to clean your teeth before bedtime!

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Helen P.
8 May 2017

Helen P.

I sometimes have a small bowl of pumpkin and sunflower seeds with a few raisins for supper. It's nice to nibble on gradually, and a lot healthier than my previous M&M addiction!

Debra G.
7 May 2017

Debra G.

I have to say it has to be chocolate rather than kale crisps for me! It does take self-control but that's possible.

Jim R.
6 May 2017

Jim R.

I keep the chocolate in an inconvenient cupboard, and break off the snack portion. It is then too much faff to go back for more. Most of the time.

Jim R.
6 May 2017

Jim R.

I keep the chocolate in an inconvenient cupboard, and break off the snack portion. It is then too much faff to go back for more. Most of the time.

Sean S.
5 May 2017

Sean S.

kale crisps are lush. They're one of the only 'healthy' treats I really enjoy. I wonder how much of the nutritional content is killed off in the cooking at high temperature though.

Michael A.
4 May 2017

Michael A.

Dark chocolate is great, but it's hard to stick to the recommended couple of squares, although I do find sea salt chocolate is easier to limit as it's so intense.

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