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Late-Night Snacking

By Ivy Lin

Late-night cram sessions and all-nighters are not uncommon features of the high school teenager’s lifestyle. Typically, people will turn to a cup of coffee or some leftover pizza during the late night when they need a boost of energy to channel through the night or a quick way to quiet their rumbling stomachs. However, overeating before bedtime causes many of the calories consumed to be stored as fat, which is definitely unhealthy. It’s important to snack smartly, as bedtime snacks help to stabilize blood sugar, making it easier to feel more energized in the morning. Still hungry? Here are some healthy alternatives to consider:

  1. Frozen blueberries are not only delicious, but are also packed with all the healthy benefits that come with other fruits-vitamins, antioxidants, and plenty of fiber-without overwhelming your stomach.                 
  2. Plain or whole grain stove-top popcorn is a good source for complex carbs, and low in fat so that you will feel full without the morning bloat. However, make sure to stay away from excess butter or salt late at night.
  3. Greek yogurt is far healthier than ice cream and contains less sugar. It’s also high in protein, which will fill you up enough until morning. Add some frozen fruit to top it off.
  4. Veggies don’t sound appetizing, but they serve their purpose late at night. Packed with vitamins and minerals, while low in fat calories, vegetables are the ideal way to keep your stomach from growling without sacrificing your health.
  5. Water is your number one source of hydration, and fights off any drowsiness or grogginess in the early hours of the morning. While turning coffee seems like the best way to power through the night, the caffeine crash after the initial buzz sets you back.

 

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