It is late at night, and you are watching a movie or a sports game. You go to the fridge, find something to chow on, and enjoy the show.
But are you really hungry? FormWell argues that you probably aren’t hungry, as it is highly likely that you might just be thirsty instead of hungry. Sometimes, FormWell explains, “hunger is actually thirst in disguise.” When you ignore your thirst for several hours, your body will send out hunger signals instead to get your attention, and well, you know full well what happens when that feeling of hunger strikes.
Yes, you are not hungry all the time. But what if you really are hungry while watching that late-night football game? What if you really are hungry while reading the latest articles on FormWell?
Well . . . You eat!
But before you devour a pack of chips or feast on a quarter pounder, you might want to consider these healthy, low-calorie nighttime snacks, as suggested by your friends from Fox News:
- Banana slices topped with Raisin peanut butter
- Turkey sandwich with leafy greens and a touch of cheese
- Stove-top popcorn with low-calorie flavoring
- Strawberries with yogurt
Not digging those nighttime snacks? Try out these suggestions from your friends at BuzzFeed:
- High-fiber cereal + milk
- Avocado or hard-boiled egg on crispbread or crackers
- Fruits and nuts
- Greek yogurt with granola or fruit
Healthy Eating Tips
Before you grab a late-night bite, though, you might want to consider the following healthy eating tips first.
Again, as FormWell says, you might just be thirsty; you might not need that snack after all! But if you are, indeed, hungry, drinking water will help fill you up so that you won’t binge eat.
Eat more fruits and veggies
The American Heart Association recommends a diet heavy on fruits and vegetables. Not only are they filling and delicious, but they are also full of vitamins and minerals which you need.
Less sodium, please
The American Heart Association also recommends that you lessen your sodium intake. Simply, too much salt is bad for your health.
Prepare your own meals
Health Guide is encouraging you to make your own meals, that way you can monitor better what you put in your food and avoid additives, added sugar, and too much salt.
Go for smaller servings
One of the key reasons that we overeat is that we fill our plates with too much food. One way to stop this is by using smaller plates and bowls. One other thing: stop upsizing or supersizing everything!
Okay, eat slowly, but not too slowly. Give yourself enough time to chew, swallow, and digest a bite first before proceeding with another. One reason for this is that it can take time for your stomach to tell the brain that it is full. Eating slower will reduce the chances of overeating.
Indulge Once in While
Eating healthy is an indispensable part of healthy living, but that does not mean that you are not allowed to indulge once in a while. Yes, you can, from time to time, eat some delectable, slightly high-calorie treats. A blog post by Leesa recommends a few treats including white bread with Nutella spread topped with banana slices and sprinkled with strawberries and sugar. These suggestions are sure to make that midnight trip to the fridge worth it. Just don’t make it a nightly habit.
We hope this article has helped, and the next time you grab a late night snack you won’t feel guilty about compromising your health goals.