5 Worst Foods to Eat Late At Night

There’s no need to go without a late-night snack if you’re feeling hungry, but you still have to think smart when it comes to eating late. Eating the wrong foods will disrupt your sleep while also adding a lot of unneeded calories to your day. Instead of just diving into the nearest, yummiest-looking item in your fridge, here are five types of foods to avoid at night and why.

  1. Greasy or fat-filled foods: Greasy, heavy, fatty foods not only make you feel sluggish the next morning, but they also make your stomach work overdrive to digest all that food. Stay away from things like fast food, nuts, ice cream, or super cheesy foods right before bed.
  2. High-carb or sugary foods: A little bit of something sweet before bed may be just what you need to rest happy, but if you gobble a huge slice of chocolate cake, the spike in your blood-sugar levels could cause your energy levels to spike and plummet, disrupting your sleep in the process. Avoid cake, cookies, or other desserts as well as carby snacks like crackers or white bread and munch on an apple instead.
  3. Red meat and other proteins: Like fatty foods, eating red meats late at night will sit in your stomach and make it hard for you to fall asleep while you’re digesting (red meat may affect you the worst, but eating a large portion of chicken or pork would have the same effect as well). You don’t have to avoid protein altogether, just make sure you go for lean and small portions, like deli-sliced turkey breast or a cup of yogurt.
  4. Spicy foods: Spices may be a natural cure-all for a range of ailments, but when you’re craving something to eat late at night, step away from the hot sauce. Spicy, peppery foods may upset your stomach, and the chemicals in spicy food can also stimulate your senses, making it hard to fall asleep.
  5. Big portions: Late-night snacking shouldn’t turn into a late-night meal. Keep the total amount of calories under 200 so you won’t have any problems going and staying asleep. You’ll also feel good knowing that you didn’t undo all your healthy eating habits of the day right before bedtime.

So what should you eat instead? Small, light portions that will also calm cravings and help you sleep. Try incorporating these sleep-inducing foods or these low-calorie late-night snacks that hit all your sweet or salty cravings. And remember to limit how much alcohol you drink as well, since too many drinks can keep you up at night.

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  1. Rosanna

    August 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    This just makes me smile:). Thank you, Rosanna

  2. Wenona Steffenson

    August 4, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Oh what an Awesome blog , I will surely visit again, keep on the good work.

  3. Rosanna

    June 29, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Thank you very much! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  4. Rosanna

    June 5, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I think we ALL struggle from time to time with late night comfort food! It is just a matter of training our brains.

  5. Rosanna

    May 29, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Hello there,
    Thank you for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate you being a reader.

  6. Rosanna

    May 19, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Thank you! I am happy you found the information helpful and enjoyed the article. I appreciate you being a reader and taking time to comment and show support

  7. Rosanna

    May 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you so much for taking time to comment. I appreciate you being a reader and showing support. Have a wonderful day!

  8. Rosanna

    May 6, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Christina,
    I use Word Press and you can find the plugins in the Word Press Store. Hope this helps!

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