Many of us get a little sugar craving late at night before bed. It’s important to know what to reach for instead of high sugar foods with little nutritional value!
If you are very active it’s pretty normal to get hungry all the time, especially at night.
Your metabolism is probably working on overdrive so it’s super important to fuel it right when you go for a little snack.
Some other reasons we get hungry at night may be:
- Didn’t eat enough during the day
- Low sugar levels
- Lack of proteins
- Bored, watching tv
Don’t grab high fatty foods like- cakes,sugary desserts, high greasy containing foods, heavy meats or a lot of dairy and cheese options. They will keep you up and just add on calories while you sleep.
Here’s just a few things I recommend switching to instead of ice cream, cookies and other fatty/sugar-filled snacks at night:
1. Greek yogurt w/ fruit &/or granola
Sometimes at night, I go to the fridge and get a small bowl of Greek yogurt and put a few spoon fulls of some granola. Maybe a few pieces of fruit too. This is an extremely low calorie option and it’s sweet! High protein,night antioxidants, LOW FAT. Need I say more?
2. Frozen fruit bites w/ peanut butter
Again with the natural,low fat sweet option here. Fiber, good carbs, and sweet protein from the peanut butter instead of chocolate or ice creams.
3.Smoothie or smoothie bowls
These require a bit more effort but if you just can’t get away from craving something ice cold and sugary-blend up some of your favorite fruit, add some veggies in there too(you won’t even taste em!) & add peanut butter or a little cocoa powder.
4. Whole grain crackers w/ avocado
Okay so, as long as you keep it under around 150-200 calories before bed you can really play with what you choose. Crackers are great if you want a little salt instead of sweet. They give you some whole grains & keep the calorie count low. Whatever you put on your cracker is up to you, you know what you like! Just don’t go crazy.
5. Dark chocolate
Yes, chocolate. Dark chocolate is actually very good for you in small amounts. Having a few pieces before bed won’t break your diet if you have one and it’s a lot less sugar than normal chocolate.
Yup. Sometimes if I’m hungry again, my cereal can do no wrong. I love some honey, flaky clusters with berries. Whatever brand you like, get something similar to granola-it’s sweet and filling.
7. Half a bagel and almond milk
I always buy the whole wheat bagels and sometimes I’ll put some of my fav coconut-peanut spread on it by earth-balance. And a cup of almond milk or soy milk before bed is just as sweet and fills me up just right.
I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes. Chips,fries, plain..you name it I LOVE!! They’re healthy veggies and YUMMY!! Eat a little bit, that’s all you need and you’ll be just as obsessed as me.
So there’s really no set formula for you to completely fend off late night sugar cravings BUT if you stay within that reasonable calorie range and don’t binge, you’ll be good to go.you can always make a mini protein shake or a protein bar works too. Just remember to try to go for the most naturally sweet foods like- fruits, peanut or almond butters, whole wheat/whole grain foods, soy/almond milks, yogurts and if you eat cheese don’t eat a ton! Less is more here.
And sometimes your body may just need to hydrate! Drink a glass or two of water and see if that helps first. If you want-make a batch of detox water and gulp it down.
Balance is always key. Eating desert is okay and I’m not saying you can’t have the cheesecake or celebrate with a birthday cake or go out with friends for ice cream, but I am saying NOT every night.
Remember what you put in your body is fuel. If you constantly put bad fuel in your body you can’t expect yourself to perform at a great level or where you expect to.