HUNGER DILEMA: Is there a good late night snack?
My work sometimes keeps me out for odd and long hours. I can not always prepare for this in advance. There are times I don't get home until close to 9 pm. I am, many times, famished when I get home. Is there a good and healthy snack I could eat at that late hour? If I go to bed hungry, I don't get a good nights sleep.GaryK by:
Are you on ignite? If so I would make a mini-meal from the acceptable foods list. Your body still burns calories even though you're sleeping so I wouldn't worry about eating so close to bed especially if your eating pattens are sporadic due to work. (I've been there!)
If you aren't on ignite, here are some of my favorite evening snacks:
Turkey and a little bit of cheese
Dark chocolate dipped strawberries (Melt two dove dark chocolates and dip about 6 strawberries in it, pop in the freezer for 1 minute to harden. it's under 110 calories! You can melt the chocolate in the microwave, just stir it every 10 secs until it's half melted and stir in the bowl until fully melted. Be careful the bowl can get quite hot, I found that out the hard way once!)
Frozen fruit & yogurt smoothies- there are so many recipes out there with a variety of fruits and veggies in it.
Crunchy veggies & peanut butter
Handful of nuts & a big glass of water
Hope this helps spark some ideas and some great sleep!
If you are on Ignite, I really like deli turkey rolled up with slices of red bell pepper and dipped in mustard or hummus.
You might also stash some almonds in your car or bag to curb your hunger before you get home!
I love homemade oil-popped popcorn. When I worked odd, late hours I would start it before setting things down from work and setting up for tomorrow. Now I just like it on nights I need a little something extra, since we eat early with the kids. When I want it to be sweet I add some unsweetened coconut, but otherwise I love a little cinnamon or chili powder, pepper, or just plain. I get heartburn if I'm hungry when I go to bed, or if I eat anything heavy, so popcorn works well. It's easy to store, and really only takes a minute. And there are SO many popcorn recipes out there. :)
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