Alphie’s Tip: Late Night Snacking

How many of you have had experiences about late night snacking and just had no idea what to do about the rumbling sound in your tummy? I am going to share with you exactly what my mummy does it these situations. I make a high pitch hello sound when I need water and for food I shuffle my feet around on the wooden floor. I am not sure how well that will work for you so I am going to share with you what Rebecca does instead! It is very normal to get hungry in the evening and the last thing you want to do is starve yourself.

We all get those late night munchies. We’re not really hungry, but something crunchy seems like a good idea… but not… but we have to have something, and somehow it still seems like a good idea. As we pace back and forth in front of the refrigerator, we have thoughts of being swallowed up if we open the door. Does this image give you chills?! No problem! Not to worry! Believe me, I wish I had hands to open the cabinet door where my food is kept. I’d like to eat it all if I could. That’s not a good idea either.

I’m here today to put your mind and grumbling stomach at ease. There are definitely some smart, healthy choices to make if you want to snack.

Those munchies usually hit us because of habit, boredom, stress or because you’re really tired from a hard day’s work. So even though I’m not completely fond of exercise, the first thing I would do is to go for a walk to distract me or I’d take a bath to relax. Well, no, no, no, I wouldn’t take a bath! But you can!!

Anyway, you understand where I am going with this, right? A good thing to do before you reach for food is to drink some water. Sometimes all you need to do is hydrate and that hungry feeling will go away. A lot of the times we think we are hungry when actually we are just thirsty and dehydrated.

If all those things above don’t satisfy your cravings, and you do in fact need to fuel because you haven't eaten for 3 hours then its an absolute must that you eat. It is also an absolute must that you eat the right foods.

Here’s a list of some awesome foods that are high in fiber, healthy fats and protein which will burn fat and keep you full and satisfied.

  1. Greek yogurt and raspberries; increases fat burning
  2. Red or green grapes and walnuts; gives you long lasting energy
  3. Cottage cheese and pineapple or grapefruit
  4. Edamame; a handful is fun to eat and filling
  5. Hummus with cucumber and kalamata olives; if you’re feeling in the mood for Mediterranean
  6. Oatmeal with blueberries; regulates blood sugar levels
  7. Turkey rolls
  8. Kale chips
  9. A handful of almonds
  10. Apple or pear slices with cheddar cheese
  11. Protein bars and soy nuts; available on mum’s nutrition plan.
  12. And Mum’s favorite—Ants on a Log! Sounds horrible to me! Eating ants—yuck! Ok, so I just got clarification… these “ants” that they speak of on this so-called “log” are actually raisins. Phew!! Celery sticks with almond butter and raisins.

The advice about not eating after 6pm is a total myth! Your body needs to be fueled into the evening too. Rebecca will have her last snack about 2 hours before she goes to bed so that she doesn't fall asleep on an empty stomach. If you stop eating by 6pm and then you don't have breakfast until 6am that's 12 hours that your body has not eaten anything! In this time your body will go into survival mode and will store fat and lose the muscle. For more advice on this and to get a structured plan that works for you personally you can take a look at my one one one Nutrition Plan.

Well, that is a long list. I’m exhausted. I have to go take a nap. And then maybe I’ll get up later and have a snack myself!