I’ve found that the trickiest part of maintaining a healthy eating habit can come down to LATE NIGHT SNACKS!
It’s a myth that eating food late at night won’t digest in a timely manner and will just sit in the body.
Satisfying a hunger craving in the middle of the night can be fulfilling as long as it’s done in moderation. When it comes to late night snacks something light will suffice your snack craving. Try to avoid snacks that are fatty, spicy, sugary, or caffeinated. Furthermore, a good late night snack should be around 200 calories.
It doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you don’t overdo the protein, carb, or fat intake for the day.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating within the following ranges:
- Carbohydrates: 45-65% of calories
- Fat: 20-35% of calories
- Protein: 10-35% of calories
By not going over these values you won’t negatively effect your weight.
Now, if you’ve eaten three meals with snacks in between for the day and you’re still hungry try to up your meals so they sustain you toward the end of the day. Most importantly don’t have a whole meal as your snack because your body will do better on protein or fats and not carbs or anything high in sugar. MyFitnessPal lists more detailed information related to the carb, fat & protein intake values when snacking.
Some good suggestions for late night snacks include:
Banana w/Peanut Butter
Non-fat Chocolate Pudding Cup
Half-sandwich w/Wheat Bread