The Midnight Snack: Healthy or Hurtful?

By Vega on March 21, 2013 , categorized in Plant-based Nutrition

It’s been a few hours since dinner, the dishes are done and you finally have a little downtime before bed. Suddenly the munchies hit so you begin foraging in the kitchen for some midnight snacks. What it is you want to eat is unclear, and unfortunately just about anything will do. It’s a slippery slope, that midnight snack; because it’s likely you may not even be aware of what — not to mention how much — you are consuming. Sound like you? Let’s discuss the potential downfalls of the midnight snack.

There’s always been great debate about eating at night. The argument has spawned many new diet ‘rules’ — no food after 6PM, or after 7PM, or absolutely no eating after dinner. Of course, these are more beliefs or theories than hard rules and there are plenty of folks who advocate that an evening snack may actually help you avoid the midnight munchies.

But of course, not all snacks are created equal. And there are always many variables that can come into play—like the quality of the late night snack foods, irregular work schedule, and your total caloric intake throughout the day.

If you imagine you’re going to snack, choose well.

The biggest downfall of the midnight snack is that we often reach for snack foods that are calorically dense versus nutrient dense. Let’s face it. Most of us aren’t likely to crave a salad while watching a movie. But don’t stress if you’re a midnight snacker — a little evening snack may not hurt if you choose the right foods and eat them mindfully.

Snack in context.

Eating a big meal late at night has been suspected to skew your hunger for breakfast — and we all know breakfast can be the most important meal of the day. Ask a breakfast-skipper how much they ate at night, and it’s likely they’re a midnight snacker. The important thing, just like at every meal, is to be mindful of what you are consuming in the context of your whole day.

A small handful of dried cherries and walnuts would be a good nighttime snack as would a serving of Vega One™ mixed with water, or bite into a Vega® Protein+ Snack Bar. If you find after a light snack you are still a little peckish for something more, try a cup of herbal tea.

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