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Good "late night" snacks


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Does anyone else have a problem falling asleep due to being hungry? I have a very fast metabolism and I get hungry every 2-3 hours like clockwork. Every night before I am ready to fall asleep, I get so hungry!! I can't fall asleep when I am hungry either. I just end up tossing and turning thinking about how hungry I am.

What foods do you eat at night when they are hungry and can't fall asleep?

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Yes!  I find a small portion of cheese works best, e.g. Babybel or 50g cottage cheese, and avoids late carbs (my weight seems to fluctuate up if I have them).  Aiming at 50 to 80 kcal I alternatively go for either a mug of skim milk, some nuts e.g. 7 almonds or 5 walnut/pecan halves, or 1 small banana.  I'm pretty sure they are all sleep aids too!  Not 100% clear on the nuts.

Your best bet is some form of protein. NO CARBS. Your body does not need that type energy right before you go to bed because you won't be burning any of it off. At that time of night it is easiest for your body to process protein and fats. So a handful of nuts  are a good bet, or low fat yogurt of meat (if you eat that type of stuff). A nice cup of non caffeinated tea will fill you up alongside too, keep your belly warm, and help you fall asleep!

For late night hunger I let a "single" hershey's kiss melt on my tongue.  Takes a few minutes and by then I'm already drifting back to sleep and feel like I've had a treat. I always keep it my beside table, because if I allow myself to get out of bed and enter the kitchen, no cabinet is left unopened. :)

I save up daily calories and have a Weight Watchers fudge bar or toffee bar.  110 calories each.  I also love Breyer's All Natural , Natural Vanilla ice cream, but there are 140 calories in 1/2 cup.  Had to back off that one, 'cause 1/2 cup is not much!

 

Good luck!

 

I always find that if i begin to get hungry craving late on at night that a small bowl of special K always does the trick to fill me up.

I always have a bedtime snack. I sometimes have a huge bowl of bran flakes cereal, or some fruit and a bagel, or two sandwiches, or maybe yogurt and four pieces of whole wheat bread.... mmm... I simply cannot sleep without eating first.. Sometimes I even wake up in the middle of the night because I am soo hungry and I usually just reach into the cereal box and stuff my face for a minute or so and then find my way back to bed.

cinnamon bgels or crumpets washed down with a cup of milk or in winter a horlicks

Just minutes ago got a recipe via email from Kraft Foods for PEANUT BUTTER CUP.  Haven't tried it yet, but am going to.  It sounds so yummy.  Mix two tablespoons of thawed Cool Whip with one teaspoon of peanut butter.  Use it as a dip for 1 pkt. (1.3 oz.) TEDDY GRAHAMS Chocolate Graham Snacks.  It has 220 calories, or less if you use Cool Whip Lite.  It also suggests using cinammon graham crackers in lieu of the Teddy Grahams.  Anyway, it sounded good, so thought I'd pass it on.

I eat watermellon and grapes or some kind of fruit. Then drink lots of water because the water fills me.

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I find that one slice of bread with 1 tbsp peanut butter does the trick.  As a diabetic, the protein is almost a must, and the bread gives me that "full" feeling that lasts through the night.

 

Out of experience and recommendation of a dietitian it is better not to eat past 9pm. You won't be able to burn the cals before going to sleep.

I have 6 meals per day:

8am breakfast, 10am light snack, 12pm lunch, 3pm light snack, 6pm dinner and 9pm light snack.

I try to be in bed by 12am at the latest. Since a good night sleep also helps weight loss.

Eating 6 meals per day keeps your blood sugar levelled and makes you feel less hungry. As my dietitian said: If you are hungry like a bear you will eat like a bear. It's all a matter of to learn to trick your mind telling it NOT to be hungry. I was the same way. Every night around 10pm I would get hungry or at least I thought I did. But in time and with practice I learned to change by body's rhythm. Eating healthy is not a diet but a life style! I used to be a heavy smoker and I think quitting food is a lot harder than quitting smoking. You can avoid smoke if you want. But anywhere we go, we are confronted with food.

Anyways! The last snack at night can be i.e.:

1) 1 apple drizzled with ½ tsp cinnamon & 1 tsp sugar (or ½ tsp Splenda) and heat it in the microwave for 15 secs.

2) Non-Fat Yogurt with 2 tbsp of wheat bran

3) 1 slice of whole wheat toast, scraped low fat margerine and 1 tsp. jelly or jam

4) A handful of small pretzels

5) 1 homemade low cal muffin or cake.

This was just to name a few. I didn't mean to come across as a smart a..! I just thought I'd share what I have learned and what works for me.

Good luck to all

 

Whenever I get hungry, and I sometimes do,  take a large mug of cerasse tea or a large glass of water. I usually take a lot of fluids at night.

I suggest test yourself and see how many hours it takes you to feel hungry. Depending on your bed time, schedule your dinner so you won't get hungry when its night. Even if its something healthy you're eating, the best thing to eat at night, is nothing. Mostly everything you eat late turns to fat because your body slows down, and you do not get much physical activity during those hours. So for exmaple, if you get hungry after 4 hours, and you sleep at 10:30, Eat around 6:00-7:00 so you won't feel hungry when you're actually in bed.

Original Post by hatbey:

I suggest test yourself and see how many hours it takes you to feel hungry. Depending on your bed time, schedule your dinner so you won't get hungry when its night. Even if its something healthy you're eating, the best thing to eat at night, is nothing. Mostly everything you eat late turns to fat because your body slows down, and you do not get much physical activity during those hours. So for exmaple, if you get hungry after 4 hours, and you sleep at 10:30, Eat around 6:00-7:00 so you won't feel hungry when you're actually in bed.

 It is not true that eating after a certain time at night is bad for you or leads to fat/weight gain. This is a myth that came about because often by this time at night many people have already eaten their daily calorie quota nad therefore eating more will just be excess calories that the body doesn't need, thus leading to weight gain. However, if you plan right and you are still able to eat more and not go over your calorie requirement, you body treats the food just as it would if you were eating it a t 12 noon.

This might sound weird, but my favorite right-before-bedtime snack is a tuna melt. 2 slices of high fiber/low cal bread, a packet of starkist pre-made tuna salad, and a slice of fat free cheddar. The tuna always makes me sleepy. Tryptophan, I guess?

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This might sound weird, but my favorite right-before-bedtime snack is a tuna melt. 2 slices of high fiber/low cal bread, a packet of starkist pre-made tuna salad, and a slice of fat free cheddar. The tuna always makes me sleepy. Tryptophan, I guess?

 I don't think that sounds weird at all, asphysiac.  Many (MANY) years ago, a tuna melt was the very first thing we were taught to make in home ec class (7th grade).  We used rusk (which is sort of a round melba toast), spread it with tuna salad, then a slice of tomato and, finally, a slice of American cheese on top.  Pop it in the oven or under the broiler and YUMMMMY.  I haven't seen rusk for a long time, so I make them now with a toasted English muffin half.  Thanks for bringing back some good memories.

Where do you get this info? I partly have to agree with Hatbey here. Every dietitian I have talked to says just about the same thing.

It is a known fact that when at sleep your metabolism and all your other physical functions slow down and therefore you won't burn all the cals you eat late night and those cals turn into fat. You can of course eat til you reach your daily amount if cals, but this has to be done pref. before 9pm-10pm.

If it's really a myth, I'd love to know where you get this info from. Just being curious here!Wink

I used to think the same way you do, danish_mama.  But, I've learned from nutritionists over the past few years that, as long as you don't exceed your alloted daily calories, it doesn't matter what time of day you eat them.  In fact, at least one of the nutritionists on this site said that very thing.  If I can find the original question and her response, I'll post it here.  I'd like to read exactly how she said it again myself.  Laughing

Thank you so much Robin! I am really looking forward to read that. Hope you can find it again.Laughing

Hi, again, danish-mama.  One of the Ask Mary posts had the following answer to someone who asked if they should avoid certain foods before bedtime:

"From a weight loss viewpoint, it does not matter what you eat before bed.  Food is digested and nutrients are utilized all through the night, and food is only converted to fat when you eat more than you need."

So, I guess unless I'm misinterpreting this, as long as you don't exceed your daily caloric limit, it doesn't matter weight-wise when you eat it.  What do you think?  Did I interpret that correctly?  The entire question and answer is in the fifth or sixth page of Ask Mary questions, if I remember correctly, if you'd like to take a look at it.  Personally, I generally don't eat past 9 PM, or so, simply because by that time I've consumed my 1200.

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