Snacking before bed, Good or Bad?

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Yogurt with drizzle of honey, or toast peanut butter topped with slices of peaches

Good. There is Nothing wrong with having a snack before going to bed to ease the hunger feeling. We all have those long days that keep us awake way after we had dinner & right before bed the hunger feeling Keeps us from falling sleep.

Two important things before we eat.

1- it should be only a snack

2-  a snack that won’t keep you up.

* Snack we pick should be light on the stomach and low on fat content.

* No sugary, caffeinated, or spicy foods.

Any snack with complex carbs and protein will release amino acids into our body that could actually help us sleep better at night.

Here is a list of 10 snacks :

1- Peanut butter

2- Pistachios

3- Greek yogurt

4- Cottage cheese

5- Popcorn

6-  White Meat Turkey

 7- High fiber cereal

8- fruits

9- whole wheat cracker

10- dates & nut butter

 

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Preparing meals with no electricity

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Fresh & canned food for meals and snacking

We will need our nutritious Meals to stay active and happy when bad weather leaves us in the dark and no access to stores or restaurants.

Dry fruits paired with varieties of nuts, and nut butters with chutneys or jams and nutritious whole grain crackers can provide us with protein and good variety of tastes.

Also canned tuna, chicken, salmon, can be paired with lettuce, apples, grapes for a fresh and delicious salads. Don’t forget the manual can opener. If you don’t like missing your vegetables add cans of grilled eggplant, peppers and zucchini to your pantry. Shelf stable milk, breakfast cereals, are also great for snacking.

Lets not forget candles and matches .

 

 

 

 

 

Covered in Chocolate

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Before the kids go back to school, finish summer with a little sweetness. These everyday snacks are introduced to being a dessert as each of them are covered in semi sweet chocolate. 

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Dried orange slices, dried mangos, dried apricots, banana chips, pretzels,pretzel goldfish, Frosted corn Flakes with dried cherries, corn Chex

Place them individually on a tray covered with aluminum foil. Place the tray in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.

Have a Peach

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Peeled peaches, we had to get the skin off for our little eaters.

Loaded with nutrition peaches are great as a snack or an addition to :

1- cottage cheese

2-  salad

3- hot or cold cereal

4- in peanut butter sandwich

5- in yogurt

One large peach, has just 68 calories and no fat. Eating peaches instead of more processed snacks, such as chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies, can help you manage your weight. Peaches are naturally sweet, no corn syrup so it can replace some of the added sugars in your diet.

Loaded with antioxidants in the flesh and skin of peaches. One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps flush out free radicals compounds that your body stores through exposure to pollutants from food and the environment. It also reduces the effects of aging and chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also keep you safe from cancer, provides eye health, and reduces body inflammation.

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Grab a yogurt for snack or a meal on the go

With so many choices, all we have to remember is that plain yogurt has probiotics  that are good for our guts, and has calcium to keep our bones strong, and protein for our muscles.

Organic Greek yogurt adds more thickness to smoothies and parfaits. It is high in protein while still being low-cal. There is about 100 calories in a 6-ounce container of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. With fruits and honey added to plain yogurt we can lose the extra calories added sugar, and additives from flavored yogurts.

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Yogurt, with raisins, granola, berries, nuts, and for more flavor a dash of cinnamon, and for sweetness maple syrup

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Healthy snack bars

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Kind

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Need a boost of energy?

It is not time for lunch yet, but we all need a boost of energy. Here are some snacks that can help :

Fresh Bananas and Apples with peanut butter
Yogurt and Cereal
Popcorn
Red Peppers and Hummus
Almonds and Walnuts
Dark chocolate
Mixed berries
Dried fruits
Apple and almond butter

 

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