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Best Things to Eat For a Midnight Snack



You never know when the midnight munchies will strike, so arm yourself with these diet-safe midnight snack tips and recipes for the next time you have a hankering for some grub. Ideally, try to limit your midnight snacks to 200 calories or less so you don’t sabotage your diet. Here are the best things to eat for a healthy midnight snack:

Frozen blueberries – frozen blueberries are a great source of fiber, folate, vitamin C, potassium as well as a group of antioxidants called Anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are responsible for giving blueberries their color.

According to a study by researchers at South Dakota State University, flash freezing blueberries at their peak and immediately after harvest improves the availability of Anthocyanins. So frozen may be better for you than fresh. A cup of frozen blueberries has around 85 calories and makes the perfect midnight snack.

Popcorn – Plain air-popped popcorn only has 92 calories for a 3-cup serving. It also has 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, 18.7 grams of carbohydrates and 2.9 grams of protein. Adding 1 tablespoon of melted butter adds another 102 calories to the snack so limit to just 1 tablespoon or omit it altogether. You can add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a little heat or sprinkle cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat. Just make sure to keep serving size at 1 cup. A cup of cinnamon sugar popcorn has roughly 114 calories.

Apple or Banana and Peanut Butter or Nut Butter – If you’re craving something sweet, don’t reach for the chocolate. Dark chocolate has a significant amount of caffeine and so does milk chocolate. Choose apples or a ripe banana instead. Cut up a Granny Smith, Fuji or Pink Lady apple into slices and spread reduced-fat peanut butter or nut butter.

One pink lady apple has 72 calories and one tablespoon of either peanut butter or any nut butter contains around 95 calories, 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein. Just don’t go over the recommended one tablespoon of peanut or nut butter.

 

String Cheese – while string cheese is not the most sophisticated snack, nor would it meet Liz Lemon’s high standards for cheeses (we’re so sorry, Liz!), it’s a pretty decent midnight snack. With just 80 calories for 1 string cheese stick (regular) and 50 calories for the lighter version. You have enough protein (7 grams) and fat content (2.5 grams) to keep midnight hunger pangs at bay. Cheese is also rich in an amino acid called Tryptophan. According to Livescience, “Tryptophan is a component of the brain chemical serotonin, which gets converted into the well-known sleep-inducing hormone melatonin”.

Greek Yogurt with blueberries – Greek Yogurt with blueberries is a simple yet satisfying midnight snack. Just mix ¾ cup of low-fat Greek yoghurt (100 calories) and ½ cup of frozen or fresh blueberries (42 calories). You can opt to add a teaspoon of honey (21 calories) for extra sweetness too.

Turkey Slices on Whole Wheat Bread – Two thin slices of white turkey meat on whole wheat bread is another great guilt-less midnight snack. Two slices of turkey breast has 44 calories, 0.7 grams of fat, 1.77 grams of carbohydrates, and 7.17 grams of protein while a slice of whole wheat bread has 69 calories, 1.9 grams of fiber and 12 grams of carbohydrates. Add a teaspoon of low-fat cream cheese for an additional 35 calories.

High-Fiber Cereal and Non-Fat Milk – A ¾ cup of high-fiber cereal has more or less 113 calories (depending on the brand) while a cup of non-fat milk has 83 calories.

The occasional midnight snack is fine but ideally you should try to eat well during the day so you don’t snack at night or overeat. Nightime snacking can be a calorie goal buster so before you snack, try to drink a glass of water first or a glass of Simply Slender drink and ask yourself if you’re actually hungry or just bored. You’d be surprised how easily we mix up physical hunger and emotional hunger.

Try Simply Slender Detox Diet today and get on the road to a fitter and happier you!

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