Healthy Late Night Snacking

You fell asleep on the couch watching Bird Box. And now you’re hungry. It’s been a couple of hours since your last meal.

But you’ve been told countless times by friends and randos that eating at night will make you gain weight.

So you go to bed hungry and a little cranky.

Does this have to be the case? Is it possible to have a midnight snack and stay on track with your goals?

 
 

We talk a lot about eating every 2 - 4 hours. If you’re an average person who trains regularly, it’s important to keep blood sugar levels steady throughout the duration of sleeptime and food in your belly so you don’t unconsciously go on a hanger strike.

If you had dinner at 7p and go to bed at 11p, it’s expected that you’ll be a little hungry before going to sleep. Of course, consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or if they’ve recommended against it.

If you’re a hungry night owl, check out these simple late night go-to’s when you’re having cravings…

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Crunchy

  • Any vegetable in stick form with hummus - Prepare veggies ahead of time to swap with chips.

  • Pickles

  • Homemade nut and seed trail mix - Be mindful of how much you eat; click here to see proper macro amounts.

  • Cottage cheese with peppers and olive oil

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Sweet

  • Fresh fruit

  • Frozen fruit

  • Greek yogurt with berries and raw honey

  • “Nice” cream - Look at the recipe below for a protein-filled ice cream-like treat.

If you’re an expert food prepper, have a smaller meal before you hit the hay.


Vanilla Bean “Nice” Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 2 scoops vanilla protein powder of your choice

  • ¼ - ½ avocado

  • ½ - 1 cup strawberries

  • ½ cup of milk, non-dairy milk or water

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.

  2. Blend/process until smooth.

  3. Add more liquid if needed.

  4. Enjoy immediately or place in ziploc bag in freezer to save for later!


It is okay to eat before going to sleep. As long as you’re staying inline with your calorie and macro amounts recommended for you, go for it! Be sure to play around with what foods and times feel good for you before bedtime. Keep track of how you feel and happy snacking!


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