A very extremely important part of adulting is a healthy eating pattern. Most adults especially people in the corporate world work late till night. A very pressing question is how do they keep up in shape by not relying on junks. This article seeks to highlight healthy late night snacks adults and everyone can take.
1. Cereal and Milk
You may reserve cereal for your morning meal. But it also can make a smart midnight snack that may help you sleep.
One study found that eating high-glycemic carbs before bed reduced the time it took for people to fall asleep.
Keep portions small (your entire snack should be under 300 calories), especially if you have problems with heartburn—heavy meals can exacerbate the problem. One cup of cornflakes has 100 calories, and a half-cup of skim milk has 45 calories.
2. Peanut Butter and Jelly
Nighttime is the right time for this childhood favorite. Here's why: Certain foods, like peanut butter, contain an amino acid called tryptophan that gets converted in the brain to melatonin to promote sleepiness.
3. Cheese and Crackers
When you're hungry for something savory at night, just say cheese and crackers. Keep an eye on your serving sizes if you're watching your weight because cheese can get high in calories and fat if you eat big chunks of it.
And opt for whole grain crackers, which contain filling fiber. If you need a little more volume to stay sated until morning, add some fresh grapes, apple slices, or fresh veggies.
4. Yoghurt and Fruit
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, which has been linked to better sleep. Just be sure to read the labels before you purchase it because some varieties are high in added sugar—empty calories that you don't need.
5. Fresh Veggies and Dip
If you're craving something crunchy and low-cal, fresh veggies (carrots, broccoli, and cucumber) are your surest bet, and a dip made from plain low-fat cottage cheese or Greek yogurt.
Popcorn is a great p.m. snack because you can have a lot of it without breaking the calorie bank. 3 cups of air-popped popcorn have less than 100 calories and about 4 grams of fiber to satisfy your hunger.
7. Fresh Fruit and Nuts
Neither fruit nor nuts require much effort to prepare, making this an ideal option for a late night snack when you're both hungry and tired. Plus, both fruit and nuts bring a lot of nutritional benefits to the table, including vitamins, minerals, protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fiber.
The upside: they make for a nourishing combination that will keep you satisfied so you can fall asleep.
A warm, soothing bowl of oatmeal may be just the thing for a sleepless night. Oatmeal is an excellent source of filling fiber, including beta-glucan, which can help keep your cholesterol levels in check.