Snacking at Night

by Patty
(Tiffen, Ohio)

Visitor Question:

I have an early dinner but then I'm hungry before bedtime. I love to snack on popcorn but I know it raises my blood sugar. What else can I eat that is low calorie, tastes good and crunchy and is low glycemic?

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

Yes, you are right, corn is high glycemic. Better not to eat popcorn if you are a Type I or II Diabetic and not while you are still trying to lose weight. There are healthy, good foods that are high glycemic but it's better to wait to indulge in them until you are just maintaining your weight.

Popcorn is one of those snack foods that is healthy if you are light with the butter and salt. I am talking about once you are where you want to be weight-wise. There are other foods you would be better off to eat at night however.

It's great that you are eating an early dinner but all the more reason to make sure your later snack is low glycemic since you're just going to be going to bed. You also don't want too much digesting that late.

Do you like unsalted, raw nuts? They are a perfect low glycemic, crunchy snack and if you can stick to just 7 they are fine to eat at night. Unsalted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds give you some crunch too. A quarter of a cup with a piece of fruit is not too much.

My favorite night time snacks are plain yogurt with a little agave syrup and frozen cherries and an orange or cocktail grapefruit (really sweet) quartered. Any fresh fruit is good, especially in season. I put a handful of raw sunflower seeds in my 6 ounces of maple yogurt.

I always have lots of unsweetened, chocolate, almond milk or unsweetened, chocolate, soy milk around too because they are very low in calories but filling. You can always blend them with fresh fruit and some agave syrup for a very filling snack.

See Portion Control Tips and scroll down to the middle of the page for more low glycemic snack ideas.

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