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Monday, February 8, 2010

Late-Night Snacking...

(1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese)

Hi Guys!!! I hope you all had a great weekend and your week's off to a good start:)
I received a message on Twitter from a friend who explained to me that one of her concerns is eating late at night... to which i responded "There's nothing wrong with eating late at night, it's all about WHAT YOU EAT" :) You see, it's not good to go to bed starving because your metabolism WILL slow down, this is not something that we want when trying to stay in good shape. The key is to consume smaller meals that are substantial, high in protein, moderate in healthy/dietary fats, low in carbs, high in green veggies throughout the day (5-7 small meals, depending on your level of activity). But if you happen to be hungry before bed ITS OKAY to have something light, like a zero-carb/fat-free yogurt (Silhouette, Astro-Zero, or BlueMenu are a few options) or a cup of plain 0% yogurt with some Stevia herbal sweetener... You can also have some green veggies such as Spinach, celery, broccoli, cabbage etc... with 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese (fat-free or 1%). Another option would be a glass of skim milk or 1/2 a can of tuna w/ some light mayo or olive oil (about 1-2tsp) and green onions! 1cup celery sticks w/ 5-6 shrimps (from a cooked shrimp ring) also makes for an extremely light but satisfying night-night snack ;)
Try to be creative; put together a tiny snack and have a glass of water (add freshly squeezed lemon for flavor) and then head to bed. It's better this way, because you won't have to force yourself to sleep with a growling tummy and a headache... If you want more ideas for light night-time snacks i can think of a few, you can add me on twitter, send me a tweet and i will let you know what i had as a night-time snack for the day:)
Well, i hope this eases your mind and comes as a relief to those of you that have been brain-washed or preached to about the "dangers of eating after 6pm or 8pm" or whatever...LOL... oh, and before i forget!!! I just recently tried having some carbonated water (Perrier) with 1/2 a lemon juiced into it and an envelope of Splenda sweetener when i woke up in the middle of the night hungry and it helped me get back to sleep. Carbonated water seems to be more filling, and the added flavor also helps!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!!

Alex L.

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