Planning on pulling an all-nighter or working the late shift? If you find yourself craving something to munch on during the late hours, it’s just as important to take a step towards staying healthy while still indulging yourself in the process.
Here are a few tasty and satisfying snack options you can cop for without feeling guilty about your waistline or your diet:
Breakfast foods don’t have to be limited to just being served at breakfast – a bowlful of healthy carbs can give you the much-needed energy boost to power through the long night ahead!
If you’re really craving something to just munch on, bread provides the perfect guilt-free distraction/snack to keep you occupied while getting a quick power boost that only healthy carbs can offer. The best part is that unlike white bread, you don’t crash as easily from the added sugar.
Bored out of your mind and need to snack on something to keep yourself occupied through your late shift? Then you’ll thank yourself for packing a trail mix of different kinds of dried fruits and nuts beforehand.
Roasted sweet potatoes
Instead of indulging in fries, try out the fried potato’s healthier cousin: the roasted sweet potato, which you can whip up with a few slices in salt, paprika, and olive oil, and bake in an oven for about twenty minutes at 450 degrees.
Grilled cheese sandwich
Sometimes, it’s not about the snack itself, but what goes into the snack. In the case of a grilled cheese sandwich, it’s all about finding the right ingredients, like whole-wheat bread instead of regular white bread, low-fat cheese instead of processed cheese, and lots and lots of veggies.
What else could be said about eggs? They’re easy to cook, there are many different ways you can cook them, and they go well with just about anything. You can even pair them with avocado on whole-grain toast for a quick treat loaded with proteins and healthy fats.
A single ounce of pumpkin seeds is loaded with magnesium and tryptophan, which have been linked by many studies to getting better sleep. This makes them the perfect snack when you’re finally done pulling out that all-nighter and you’re ready to settle down for some much-needed shut-eye.
If there’s one thing you need to keep in mind, it’s that most minimally processed foods make for healthy late night snacks that shouldn’t tip the weighing scales too much, and they can even come with compounds that promote better sleep, rather than just making you crash. Aside from these, you should also make sure to keep a glass of water in hand.