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My strategy for bedtime snacking (instead of bingeing)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I try to keep my late night snacks within my daily nutrition plan by making sure I have some calories left to "spend" at the end of the day.

I usually keep on hand some snacks that are super rich in flavor and "decadence" but not high in calories. The decadence factor (expensive, sweet/salty, exotic - whatever works for you) is important! Since it feels like an indulgence, I take tiny bites and roll it around my mouth and savor it slowly rather than horking it down like a St. Bernard.

My favorite late night snacks at the moment are:

* Half an ounce of a nice robust cheese and half an ounce of walnut pieces (Omega-3 boost)
* Dates, pears or apples with either of the above
* One or two squares of good dark chocolate and a glass of port wine
* Homemade treat that is rich and sweet but "healthy" such as tofu pudding (trust me, even Bill Cosby would like it - see my chocolate tofu pie makeover recipe)

Also important: I always, ALWAYS measure and track them before crawling into bed with the book and snackies. That way my mind won't trick me into thinking that I "need" more to feel satisfied, and I will see how little I have and try to make it last longer.

So far it's working - I might lose weight a bit faster if I didn't snack at all, but then I would feel deprived, which would lead to... you got it, bedtime bingeing.
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    Great idea! Right before bed is the only time that I seem to want to go off the reservation, so I should try this out. Maybe some blue stilton and a few toasted pecans!
    1908 days ago
    Cheese and nuts, or cheese and fruit, sounds like a good snack since you are a dairy person. I like bedtime snacks. Usually I try to have a blueberry-almond milk-greens-banana smoothie. Filling, but doesn't "stay with you". Snacking itself makes me feel indulgent. =)

    1915 days ago
    Great thinking
    1915 days ago
    Yum! I love your snack ideas. Even if I don't have them very often I would once in a while.

    Keep up the good decision making.
    1915 days ago
    Love all these night time snack ideas! Lol about horking food down like a St Bernard (have you been watching me eat? tee hee hee) Smart to choose tasty foods- I like your strategy! Haven't heard of tofu pudding- is it lower cal than the traditional milk made pudding? Great blog- thanks for sharing. emoticon
    1915 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! I like your suggestions for snacks too -- might need to work some of those into my snacking routine!
    1916 days ago
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