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.