We all seem to fall victim to late-night cravings for sweets or salty foods, but they can seriously interrupt our plans to get healthy! Self.com tells us that when then cravings hit, pair up some protein and complex carbs for a light snack before bed. Ideally, avoid heavy or acidic foods when choosing your snacks as they may make you bloated and gassy the next day. When your body wants what it should not have, reach for these great treats instead!
Yogurt: ½ cup of low-fat yogurt with some berries (around 130 calories) will satisfy your sweet tooth while packing in the protein!
Pretzels: 1 ounce of multi-grain pretzels (around 110 calories) provides a filling snack with just the right amount of saltiness. Try Snyder’s Multigrain Pretzel Sticks.
Popcorn: Single serving popcorn bags (100 calories) are light and airy with just a hint of buttery goodness! The Skinny Mom team loves Jolly Time Healthy Pop. (photo credit here)
Berries: 1 cup of raw or frozen blueberries (80 calories) packs tons of antioxidants and is an excellent source of vitamins K and C! Check out Berry Good Nutrition: Tiny Powerhouse Fruits!
Hummus: 2 tablespoons of hummus with pita chips (around 140 calories) provide a creamy, robust flavor offset by crunchy and filling pita chips. Try Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Kangaroo Pita Snackers. (photo credit here)
Sweet Potato Fries: Sweet potato fries or sweet potato chips in olive oil (about 150 calories) are a new favorite because the sweet on salty contrast is an excellent alternative to French fries and you aren’t left with all the guilt! Sweet potatoes also yield tons of potassium and calcium! Try our Spicy Sweet Potato Fries recipe here!
Next time the urge to snack hits, and it will, grab one of these healthier alternatives and fuel your body with the good stuff!