Do you get hungry just before bedtime? Is it ok to eat late, does it lead to weight gain or should it be avoided? I currently have a teen in my house who regularly consumes a huge bowl of cereal just when I am going to bed. It’s the last thing I feel like and suggesting alternatives but have also wondered if it should be discouraged. As always, parenting is a delicate balance. I was delighted to find this article which helps answer some of the questions around late night snacking and provides some great tips.
Author Leigh Weingus talks to dietitians and discusses nutrient rich foods for late night snacking, confirms it’s ok to snack late - if you're making good choices and also offers practical suggestions which can help avoid it happening in the first place. She also highlights foods which may assist in getting a sound night’s sleep, whilst fulfilling the bedtime craving.
Some food to for example include:
- Chocolate covered nuts – a small number, not the whole packet! Watch out for the caffeine and sugar content of chocolate as it may keep some people up and have the reverse effect
- Greek yoghurt with almonds and berries
- Rice cake with peanut butter
- Dried shitake mushrooms (easier said than done).
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Some other options may include:
- Pistachios - packed with sleep promoting melatonin
- Glass of milk
- Wholegrain biscuits or slice of bread with cheese, avocado, peanut butter (without the added sugar) or hummus
- A cup of herbal tea - peppermint can help with digestion, camomile or lemon and ginger are some of my faves. Avoid green tea late at night due to the caffeine content.