Should I Eat Late at Night?

Dietitian Allison Stowell recently offered some excellent advice on what to eat if you’re hungry late at night. We’ve all heard the claim that eating too close to bedtime is bad for our waistlines, but why? The Daily Health Post examines how eating late at night got a bad name, which includes some sloppy assumptions about cause and effect.

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What to do:

Go ahead and eat late at night if you’re hungry, but keep your portions small and nutritious.

Go to bed comfortable–being either hungry or overstuffed can have a negative impact on your slumber.

Fruity Peanut Butter Dip

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If you like ants on a log, you’ll love this easier alternative! Turn the classic snack into a dip version and mix up your vegetables. Not a fan of celery? Go for carrots! Want more fruit? Sliced apples make a great dipping option! Have leftovers? Spread some on whole grain bread for a quick sandwich that will travel well.

Servings: 14 (42 G)

Prep Time: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, cored and quartered
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a food processor, chop apple and raisins.
  2. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, orange juice, and cinnamon. Stir apple/raisin mixture into peanut butter mixture until combined.
  3. Serve with fruit and veggie slices.