We’ve all been there before. You’re scrolling on TikTok before you fall asleep and before you know it you’ve stumbled across different recipes that you save because you “swear you’ll make one day.” Then your stomach starts to rumble.
You try to ignore at first, but let’s be honest -- you’re about to grab a late night snack. Most people will simply say “don’t have a snack, go to bed, get off your phone”—but here at MoodyGirl we encourage you to indulge on your cravings, tips for avoiding late night snacking and promote a better sleep environment.
Sweet Indulgence with MoodyGirl
We recommend a snack that will help you chill out, which of course is the MoodyGirl “Chill Out” Chocolate Bar. This chocolate and mint chip flavor supports stress reduction and improves muscle relaxation. The ingredients include magnesium and ashwagandha which can be used as an alternative to support anxiety and stress. Not only will your midnight snack help with anxiety and relaxation but it’s also extremely tasty!
Not craving something minty? Try baking something with the MoodyGirl “Monthly Mood” Chocolate Bar. While cooking dinner for the night, you can also make several different chocolate desserts that your future self will thank you for when those late-night munchies start to kick in. Just about every great dessert recipe includes chocolate and here’s how you can incorporate a chocolate that not only supports cravings but is filled with Vitamin B6 which is used to increase dopamine and serotonin.
Let’s start with the obvious…brownies, cookies, cake! If you’re the kind of person who enjoys a warm baked goodie with a glass of milk, then add some chocolate that includes magnesium which is an essential mineral that supports muscle relaxation. Have you tried our vegan black bean and sweet potato brownies? One word: YUM!
Do you prefer ice cream? You really can’t go wrong with melting some chocolate to put on top. A superfood like cacao is packed with essential minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. As we mentioned before, it’s important to know what ingredients are in your late-night snacks so there’s no reason to feel “guilty” for indulging. Check out the MoodyGirl Recipes page for the delicious creamy banana chocolate chip ice cream recipe, you won’t regret it!
Alternative Late Night Snacks
It’s important to know your cravings and the type of person you are. If you’re a late night snacker then try to snack a little earlier in the night so you’re not disrupting your relaxation process before falling asleep. You definitely don’t want a snack to keep you up throughout the night so it’s also important to focus on the ingredients that are in your snacks.
Some alternative sweet snacks we suggest are almonds and walnuts. These specific nuts contain antioxidants, magnesium and melatonin which helps to relax and prepare your body for sleep. Walnuts also contain healthy fats such as omega-3 and proteins which can promote sleep and reduce stress hormones.
Herbal, passion flower and chamomile tea offer a variety of health benefits including reduction of anxiety and depression, boost of immune system and of course improve sleep quality. There are several brands that have started to promote different types of tea as a part of the ideal bedtime routine because of benefits that tea entails.
It’s important to eat healthy proteins and fats as in your dinner. Fatty fish such as salmon or tuna provide omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D which enhance sleep quality and produce serotonin. Meat that is high in protein including turkey and steak are important to keep your muscles strong, but also promote tiredness.
When All Else Fails... Avoid Late Night Snacking All Together
If you’re trying to avoid snacking late at night all together it’s best to actually stop eating two to three-hours before you plan on falling asleep. Just like watching television or scrolling on your phone, the natural sugars and caffeine from some foods can disrupt your circadian rhythm and keep you from falling asleep.
Eating regular nutritional meals throughout the day will reduce your desire to eat late at night. So will keeping snacks out of reach so you’re not tempted. And of course, brushing your teeth is a way of your body telling you that you are done eating for the day!
Tips for Better Sleep Overall
Aside from the late night snacks, there are some tips that we suggest to have an overall better night’s sleep.
- Stick to a sleep schedule by setting aside a time frame that you will actually rest your mind and body.
- Create a restful environment by turning off all the lights, electronics and other distractions. Some people enjoy a white noise machine, essential oil diffuser or even a fan to put them to sleep.
- Reduce (or eliminate) naps if possible. We know our MoodyGirl boss babes have some demanding jobs, but if you can avoid napping during the daytime then you’ll be ready for slumber by the time the night rolls around.
- Clear your mind. This one is easier said than done, but if you’re able to get all of your worries and troubles out of your mind then you’ll be able to relax.
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