8 Healthy Options for Late Night Eating

chia_vanilla_puddingIt’s late night, you missed dinner, and you’re hungry. What the heck do you eat so you’re not feeling stuffed before going to bed? I’ve been asked this more than once in the past week. If you’re just a little hungry and it’s not a big deal just have some water and go to bed. You’ll wake up hungry and eat your morning meal. It’s not like missing one meal is going to do damage to you.

Too hungry to do that? This is not the time for greasy take out, tempting as that may be. Nor is it the time for a full-on meal. Your body needs to rest and repair itself at night; not digest dinner. Think lighter foods that the body processes easily. A salad, a clear broth based soup, a green smoothie or a half a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread are all good choices. Wait at least an hour before lying down to give yourself some time to process the food.

Are you just looking for a snack? I know cookies and milk are a popular choice but sugar can disrupt your sleep. You can make a chia pudding from unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds and spices for a nice night-time treat. Seasonal fruit is sweet and delicious. Cut up some strawberries and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on them or dip into 1 Tbs of melted chocolate. Grill a peach or a plum and sprinkle cinnamon on it. All of these have less sugar and are tasty alternatives to your typical treat.

Simple Chia Pudding                                                                                                            (serves 2)

1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

3 Tbs chia seeds

2 Tbs pistachios

Cinnamon to taste

Pinch of cardamom

Stir ingredients together and let gel in fridge for one hour. Need it sweeter? Use a little stevia or 2 tsp pure maple syrup.