What foods can I eat late night?
Even those sticking to a die-hard diet plan, may find themselves roaming the kitchen after hours looking for something to snack on. If you’re like most people and go for pizza or sweets– this late-night binge can do some serious damage to your waistline as well as disturb your natural sleeping patterns. The most common of the midnight snackers are those who make a habit out of eating while watching television. For some, these extra calories can exceed 40% of their total caloric intake!
The worst foods are those containing lots of unhealthy fats and sugar. Think pizza, french fries, left over burgers, ice cream, cookies, cake, etc. The foods with a high fat content will sit in your gut like a lead brick due to the density of fat calories, which may leave you restless. Sugary snacks also hurt your sleep cycle by spiking blood sugar.
However, if you choose the right foods at the right quantities, eating a snack about an hour or two before bed can curb your appetite, leave you satisfied, and do it without disturbing your shuteye.
The Epic Fitness top 5 late night snacks
- Non-fat cottage cheese
- Whole oat oatmeal with 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- Healthy pop popcorn (no butter)
- Greek Yogurt
- Time released protein drink (casein)