Due to our work schedules my husband and I often find it difficult to squeeze in a workout before 7pm. Our favorite form of exercise happens to be taking long walks around our city. The issue with this plan is that we don’t get home until 8 or maybe even 9 at night depending on how far we decided to go, and we tend to come home hungry. While we know that eating past 7pm is not good for us, going to bed hungry is no better. Over the years of developing healthy habits we have at least managed to find late night snacks that we don’t regret when we wake up in the morning.
Our rule is exactly what the photo to the right says: “If it came from a plant eat it; if it is made in a plant, don’t!” In other words, if it is a fruit or a vegetable eat it, and if it is a doughnut or potato chips then avoid it! This is a simple but truly life changing guide to live by, especially when you feel hunger pains in the later hours of the day.
I like to keep “finger foods” ready at the front of the fridge so I can ensure that my healthy food is as convenient to eat a junk food. These foods include things like baby carrots, grapes, cherry tomatoes, and slices of peppers. I keep them stored separately in plastic containers that are easy to access.
Eating fresh, plant foods after a workout late at night will also help to re-hydrate you without chugging lots of water right before trying to go to sleep. I don’t know about you but I definitely hate having to get up and go to the restroom once I have gone to sleep.
All in all, fruits and veggies are a great snack anytime of the day but can have extra benefits as after-workout, late-hour treats. Try new things and new combinations by adding nuts or whole-wheat toast into the mix every now and then.