Is Late Night Snacking Bad For Us?

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A healthy late night snack

It’s late; you’re watching your favorite show or working on a project, and your stomach grumbles. It’s easy to reach for chips or sugary treats; these might not be the best choices for your health or sleep quality. But there is a healthier solution: high-protein snacks, however, can satisfy those late-night cravings while fueling your body with essential nutrients.

Why High-Protein?

Protein is crucial in building and repairing tissues, producing enzymes and hormones, and supporting overall growth and development. When consumed as a late-night snack, protein can help stabilize blood sugar levels and provide a sustained energy source, preventing those pesky night-time awakenings due to hunger.

Here are some of the top high-protein snacks:

Greek Yogurt with Berries:

A combination of creamy yogurt and antioxidant-rich berries. Opt for plain, unsweetened yogurt to reduce sugar intake.

Almond Butter on Whole Grain Toast:

This gives you a balance of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. My grandfather loved his late-night snack of peanut butter on toast.

Cottage Cheese with Pineapple or Melon:

Everyone is on the cottage cheese craze, so I am sure you have some in the fridge. The sweet and savory combination is delicious and packed with protein.

Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Simple, portable, and protein-rich. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt or paprika for added flavor. Make a dozen or so, they are also great for breakfast.

Protein Smoothie:

Blend together your favorite protein powder, almond milk, and a handful of spinach or kale for a nutrient boost.

Tuna Salad on Whole Grain Crackers:

Tuna in water and mix with a dab of Greek yogurt instead of mayo for a healthier twist, add some chopped celery or carrots.

Edamame:

These young soybeans are both tasty and protein-packed. I buy them pre-cooked and salted or steam them at home.

Late-night snacks don’t have to be a guilty indulgence. By choosing high-protein options, you’re satisfying your hunger and nourishing your body. Remember to listen to your body’s signals and eat in moderation. Sleep well!

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