Ha! Hope you got a chuckle from that one! So, I asked on my Facebook Fitness page this week what are some topics that YOU would like me to discuss in my weekly newsletter. And how to avoid nighttime snacking was one of the first responses!
The truth is that I actually encourage my clients to incorporate snacks into their day. Snacking can keep you on track, keep your metabolism burning as you use food as fuel, and help curb your appetite so that you’re less likely to overeat at your main meals. But, the timing of these snacks is important–I recommend a morning and a mid-afternoon snack. Late night snacking usually involves foods that do not fuel our body and is usually driven by cravings or habit rather than legitimate hunger. Here are a few tips that I have found help me make healthy post-dinner food decisions, and I hope these tips will help you break the habit of late night snacking.
1. Eat enough during the day
If you try to save calories during the day, it may only backfire because you will end up with hunger pains at night. And no one likes to go to bed with a growling stomach! Make sure to eat high quality meals during the day so that you will be satisfied at night.
2. Eat fruit
3. Drink herbal tea or decaf coffee
Often a desire to snack can be quenched by simply changing the flavor in your mouth. Check them out the next time you’re at the grocery store because there are LOTS of yummy flavors available!
4. Brush your teeth
5. Drink some water
6. Keep your hands busy
Take up knitting, surf the web, paint your fingernails, write a handwritten note to a friend. Better yet, dust off those old board games and play with a friend or the whole family.
7. Have a small portion of what you are craving
If you really want a piece of chocolate after dinner, then buy the best quality you can find and have a little piece. Sometimes that’s all it takes to be satisfied, and it can stop you from ingesting a ton of other empty calories. (See my recipe below for a crustless pumpkin pie)!
Anybody else feel like you may turn into a pumpkin with all of this pumpkin consumption this time of year? It’s just so good! Pumpkin has a lot of healthy benefits, too! Pumpkin is high in fiber, contains some protein, high potassium, calcium, vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, iron and folate! It’s crazy filling and super low calorie. I think it’s the perfect treat any time of the day.
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup apples
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 medium banana
- 2 tablespoons of flax seed.
Mix the above ingredients together and then bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees. Make sure to spray the liners/or muffin pan with cooking spray first.
These make 9 crustless pies.
Per Muffin: 42 Calories, 12 g Carbs, 0 g Fat, 1 g Protein, 3 g Fiber 6 g Sugar