There’s so many diets around that one trying to lost weight is likely to get confused as to what’s the best to follow. A lot of diet plans place emphasize the eating times into their recommendations, the most popular being the six o’clock diet that discourages consumption of foods after 6pm. For those aiming for weight loss as their health goal, lost of experts suggest refraining from eating after 6pm as this can have negative effects. However, if you’re the type that really needs to munch on something in the late hours of the evening, and doesn’t have the willpower to quit cold turkey, then it’s worthwhile to research on some interesting diet-friendly midnight snacks healthy recipes that doesn’t wreak havoc on the waistline.
To begin with, drinking a glass of water can surprisingly reduce hunger pangs as the brain often mistakes thirst for hunger. Healthy meals that are high in water such as fruits and vegetables are also a great option as well. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in milk also helps induce sleep. Warm it up or flavor it with your favorite syrups like vanilla and hazelnut. Opt for skim as a lower fat alternative.
Should you still have the hankering for something more substantial, go for lightly salted nuts and/or popcorn. Make your own trail mix by combining it with dried fruit, high fiber cereals and grains and keep it at the bedside snack that’s much healthier than sodium laden processed snacks like potato chips. Lean turkey ham, low fat cheese on crackers can be enjoyed for a savory snack.
Any type of foods that have caffeine or tend to keep one up and about should be avoided if one’s intention is to tuck in after the snack. Also very important is portion control as too much of a snack item even if it is light still needs digestion and your body isn’t in its optimum digestive capability in bed.
However, this rule is by no means a be all end all, as there’s a significant population that works until late in the evening or even have graveyard shifts that is almost the exact opposite of the work schedule of most people. With these people, naturally their sleeping patterns, waking hours and food consumption is vastly altered with their midnight food intake being more substantial to tide them over the work night.