10 healthy nighttime snacks that won’t make you bloat in the morning

When it comes to snacking, exercising self-control is nearly impossible. When post-dinner hunger pangs flare up in the middle of the night, you can’t help but force yourself to get out of bed and search the fridge for anything appetizing, only to feel bloated the next morning. We have all been there. But don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of the no-puff nighttime snacks you can eat so you don’t have to stick to the “no snacks after 9” rule!

The downside to eating late at night is, of course, a hangover the next morning — you know what we’re talking about. But don’t worry, there’s no need to kick the habit completely, just adjust your snack options. We’ve put together a list of guilt-free snacks that you can eat to satiate your midnight hunger.

What causes bloating?

At the end of the day, it’s not just your head that needs to relax. And your body, including your digestive system, works as well. As evening falls, your metabolism slows down and your body prepares for sleep. It is best to keep your intake under control as any incorrect ingestion may lead to heartburn, pain and bloating.

We get it, it’s hard to sleep on an empty stomach; It is almost impossible to deprive yourself of food when your body wants it. However, choosing the right foods that won’t create any food waste the next morning due to your midnight snacking trips, is pretty simple.

What can you snack on?

berries

Berries paired with Greek yogurt (if you’re not lactose intolerant) or non-dairy creamer are a delicious option to satiate late-night cravings. You can mix and match different berries to create a little berry paradise for yourself.

almonds

Night Snacks That Don't Cause Bloating: Almonds

They’re high in vitamin E (good for your skin), protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, but eating too many of them can lead to a craving of calories. Cut yourself after about 20, and avoid pretzel – sodium causes bloating.

popcorn

Night snacks that don't cause bloating: Popcorn

Who doesn’t enjoy snacking on popcorn while watching their favorite TV series? There is healthy popcorn (non-GMO and made with coconut oil) which makes it an organic process. The amazing part about popcorn is that it satisfies your appetite and taste buds without taking in a lot of calories.

Nice cream instead of ice cream

Night Snacks That Don't Cause Bloating: A Gentle Cream

We’re sure some azan has been raised! Everyone enjoys ice cream, but the consequences are dire for your skin and gut. Satisfy your ice cream cravings with some strawberries and cream. Frozen strawberries, honey, any natural sweetener, vanilla extract or flavor together will give you the same pleasure as ice cream, without the bloat.

asparagus

Night snacks that don't cause bloating: Asparagus

The stems contain probiotic-like properties that aid in cleansing the digestive system. Quantities don’t actually matter – no one has gained weight from eating a lot of asparagus.

Celery with Almond Butter/Peanut Butter

Celery is high in water and fiber and is a great snack for those looking for a gluten-free alternative to peanut butter or almond butter.

avocado

Night Snacks: Avocado

Thank goodness for the healthy fats found in avocados, which solve all your cravings. Pairing it with multigrain bread will satisfy your palate to the next level.

Banana and almond butter sandwiches

There is no better combination of banana and almond butter, and you’ll be glad to know that it’s also a great late-night snack and guilt-free.

oatmeal

A bowl of hot porridge with non-dairy milk/dairy products and some dried fruits and nuts is a great way to quench your hunger. Aside from offering nutritional benefits, it is an excellent choice for comfort food and to satisfy a late-night craving.

egg

Eggs are incredibly versatile and can be used in many snacks if you want to increase your protein intake and opt for a more satisfying snack.

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