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What is Your Nighttime Snack of Choice?

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Weekly Question

Right now I am fighting the munchies something FIERCE! It seems everyday around this time (10PM) I want to snack on something, anything. Normally I choose popcorn, make some banana soft-serve, or if the husband is around, fall prey to the Doritos.

Considering I don’t actually WANT Doritos, I’m tired on popcorn, and all out of bananas, I thought I’d open floodgates and ask you…

What is Your Nighttime Snack of Choice?



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    Jami

    September 12, 2011

    A crispy apple with just a little bit of peanut butter. Yum!

    Jennifer Page

    September 12, 2011

    I usually go for 1/2 cup of Honey Almond cruch cereal w/skim milk… sometimes add some banana… or I have half of a Lenders “everything bagel thin” w/ just a smear of weight watchers whipped cream cheese…

    shandy (@webgals)

    September 12, 2011

    Lately it’s been Trader Joe’s Thick Cut Potato Trio chips. Sure….not the healthiest choice, but just a few really satisfy my need for crunch. I can actually have a few and feel OK with that (usually…sometimes I have a few more….)

    Caroline

    September 12, 2011

    My recent nighttime obsession is chocolate Love Grown Foods granola and coconut milk.

    Brandyjo

    September 12, 2011

    Whole grain gold fish crackers! Unless I have let myself have salt and vinegar lays in the house then it’s a war with myself and the damn bag of chips! Lol!!! Those things really suck me in!

    Susan

    September 13, 2011

    Can’t really help you…but did have a small bowl of frozen yogurt with some raspberries….I guess that was healthy…

    Lara @TresLaLa

    September 13, 2011

    Lately I’ve been nuking a cut-up stone fruit (peach, plum, pluot, nectarine, etc.) for 30 seconds, and topping with 1/4 c home made granola and a tsp of Agave. Yum!

    Cami

    September 13, 2011

    I usually go for a banana with a teaspoon-ish of peanut butter and a swig of milk; tonight, however, the husband’s choice is neopolitan ice cream and I caved…mine is a very smallish serving, though :)

    RunEatRepeat

    September 13, 2011

    I’ve been doing a big bowl of cereal – tons of rice cereal on the bottom for bulk and more indulgent stuff on top!

    Jenn (GH)

    September 13, 2011

    Whatever fresh fruit I have laying around or some nuts.

    I’m lucky that I don’t snack after dinner – I just don’t get the craving. But I *do* seriously snack between lunch and dinner – and that’s often some P/nutB&J on a Wasa cracker.

    Kathleen

    September 13, 2011

    I’m in bed by 10Pm :o). Early riser here…
    Between coming home from work and dinner is most difficult part: love autumn and winter for that: I have a bowl of homemade soup and some fruit/cookie afterwards.

    Carman

    September 13, 2011

    The snacking get too outta control for me that late at night. I try to fight the nighttime cravings and just head to bed. If I really really want something then I try to drink a small chocolate protein shake around 100 calories to curb the cravings.

    Tiffany @ Turbo Fire Reviews

    September 13, 2011

    I try to go for things that don’t have a lot of carbs because those are def my trigger foods. So I will have a string cheese or some veggies and dip. Most of the time I just tell myself “no” and wait to have a big healthy breakfast in the morning.

    Kim

    September 13, 2011

    Grapes are my usual go to. Also carrots & celery with roasted red pepper hummus!

    Banana

    September 13, 2011

    Normally its grapes – – or any sort of berries i have around my kitchen. Last night, I fell victim to Brown Sugar Mini Wheats ( they really are pretty addictive!!). Some nights, I’ll have home made granola.
    I try to stay away from the granola though; I have SERIOUS problems eating just a small portion. :( I may very well be a granola monster!!

    Tracy

    September 13, 2011

    A small handful of Almonds and an ounce of hard cheddar. I rarely even have an urge to overdo it because the almonds are so
    filling. Sometimes if I can find it, the cheese is Cabot’s 50% reduced fat. You could probably save calories with Laughing Cows too! I just have a hard time finding them where I am.

    Christina Dowell

    September 13, 2011

    Wow these posters are being good with their snacks! I always want something sweet and have trouble not overdoing it. I am liking those FiberOne brownies or maybe a bit of frozen yogurt. Sometimes I bake cookies and freeze them. I only defrost one ahead of time to eat….but it’s tempting to defrost another one.

    GLR

    September 13, 2011

    Kroger has “Carbmasters” yogurt (60cals) in tropical fruit flavor. I love it. I put in the freezer for a bit then pull it out, top it with fiber one cereal (and maybe some cheerios), stir, and enjoy. It’s sooo yummy!

    Rose

    September 13, 2011

    Strawberries with a dollop of cool whip!

    Kaye

    September 13, 2011

    Simply Naked pita chips (10…which is a serving size) and cut up veggies with hummus. An apple with a dollop of peanut butter. 1/2 cup pistachios. These are my go-to snacks.

    PaigeP

    September 13, 2011

    My night time snack of choice is Reduced Fat Chips Ahoy. 3 of them is a serving (for 160 calories). If I had a good workout that day, I usually have 5 cookies. Just having that little bit of chocolate makes me feel really satisfied!

    Stephanie

    September 13, 2011

    If I am being good its popcorn or Plain FF yogurt with a drizzle of honey. If I feel like I need to indulge lately its been a scoop of ice cream in a cake cone. :-)

    Tina

    September 13, 2011

    Always the same snack: cereal, blueberries and vanilla soy milk (all measured out of course). Popcorn sounds so much better though!!!

    Kate

    September 13, 2011

    Truthfully – lately it’s been candy corn and pumpkins. But, if I am not giving in to the candy cravings, I go for a Skinny Cow sandwich, WW ice cream bar or Pirate’s Booty.

    Lorri

    September 13, 2011

    I take FatFree Cool Whips and mix it with PB2 making it like a mousse. Sometimes I’ll add chocolate pudding to that or frozen rasberries.

    Amy

    September 13, 2011

    Frozen grapes!

    Kimbra

    September 13, 2011

    I am a recent addict of kale chips and frozen grapes.

    DJ

    September 13, 2011

    Because it’s about the actual “munching” process as much as the food itself, I am a sunflower seed addict. I try and find the low sodium kind and drink a ton of water to counter-act any water weight that comes from eating them. Also, cherries and grapes (when in season) are absolute favorites. I eat the bunch guilt free! Serious night-time mucher here. Dang it.

    Laurie

    September 13, 2011

    Trader Joe’s Lime Floes, it’s a lime popsicle. 60 calories, 2 WW points plus (I looked last night because I rejoined the DubDub yesterday)

    Jeri Lyn

    September 13, 2011

    Hi Roni,
    If i’m having a “good” phase. I only snack after dinner if i’m hungry & have saved the calories. Then I usually snack on popcorn, but I also like to snack on pumpkin seeds.
    I also almost always have dessert, but if i’m still being “good” I’ll have saved calories for a dessert & I try to stay around 200 calories. :)

    Cheryl

    September 13, 2011

    I dont’ snack often at nighttime, but if i am having a sweet craving I go with a grahmn cracker w/ nutella and if i was a salty snack, I go for about 5 ritz crackers w/peanut butter.

    Adrienne

    September 13, 2011

    I love Special K Vanilla Almond. I usually eat about 1/2 cup with a little milk in a coffee mug. It is so yummy and helps with my sweet tooth.

    LisaM

    September 13, 2011

    I’m right there with you about going through “bad spells” on night time snacking. For some reason, right now hot herbal tea with Splenda is doing it for me. There are times when that is not something I’ll even consider when I have munchies – but it’s working at the moment. Lots of times I do think that feeling of wanting something is tied to thirst. Could you be a little dehydrated from all the training?

    Karen@WaistingTime

    September 13, 2011

    I struggle a lot with evening snacking. One thing I like are sugar-free Baskin Robbins hard candies. They have ice cream flavors and 4 have 40 calories or so and they last a long time so my mouth is occupied:)

    Amanda

    September 13, 2011

    Lately, my go to snack has been 100cal packs of cheese and mini turkey pepperoni’s. Sometimes I’ll grab a few pretzels or popchips. Or if it’s something sweet, a Klondike ice cream sandwich.

    RG

    September 13, 2011

    I agree that it’s a difficult question. I have found that frozen fruit works pretty well. That extra slice of pizza always goes down well, along with other dry carbs like pretzels. I’ve tried having yogurt, and it doesn’t sit well. I wish I could just eat more during the day, but often I don’t want something that makes me feel heavy while I’m running around, and also don’t want the post-lunch crash. I like someone’s comment about string cheese.

    Cindy

    September 13, 2011

    Nothing makes me feel more “comforted” than soup! And at night i like to feel cozy… I JUST found this amazing (seriously OMG) organic roasted red pepper and tomato soup. Only 110 calories for a serving. Pair that with some crackers or a few croutons and it’s heavenly – and filling, plus it takes awhile to eat because its warm – and I like foods that take me awhile to eat because it makes me feel like I’m having more.

    http://www.pacificfoods.com/our-foods/creamy-soups/organic-roasted-red-pepper-and-tomato

    You will freak out with the deliciousness!

    Jacqui

    September 13, 2011

    If you have the time… a whole wheat pita cut into chip size pieces (you can do it ahead of time and keep them in a baggie), peeled apart (to make two pieces out of every one), sprayed with some light olive oil from a mister, and sprinkled with some garlic salt, or cumin, or paprika, or whatever tastes good…. bake until they’re crispy and then dip them in warm hummus. Yum.

    Carol

    September 13, 2011

    I’ve been having a WW Dark chocolate raspberry ice cream bar in the evenings. I usually want some chocolate and this is just enough to satisfy the craving.

    Cindy

    September 13, 2011

    I like the Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps, especially the buffalo flavor. They’re a lighter alternative when you have a chip craving.

    Paula

    September 13, 2011

    Since I have taken your snack free evening challenge last fall, I have managed to keep it up! Thanks for the challenge it was the best thing that ever happened to me. If I do have a snack, it is fat-free pretzels. The replace my need for crackers!

    Laura James

    September 13, 2011

    I make up a fruit salad, with low fat yoghurt and 23grams of Aldi’s toasted muesli clusters. Only 3 WW points (here in Australia), or two crackers with a sliver of cheese and some tomato slices with a tiny bit of salt on top. Yummo. Winter is the worst for me, so I am glad we are coming into spring now!

    Gracie

    September 14, 2011

    I have a great fix for you that has been working for me since June — I am a terrible snacker after my kids go to bed — and usually what I wanted to snack on was whatever unhealthy item I told them they couldn’t have and didn’t want to eat in front of them earlier in the night. So I started making a habit out of every night, as soon as the boys are asleep and I feel that snack monster stirring inside my tummy, instead sitting down and redoing my manicure. In other words, I paint my nails. It takes a while for my nails to dry completely after that, and I can’t stick my hand in a potato chip bag or scoop ice cream if the polish is still tacky or gooey. It has completely broken me of the habit. The nice upside was that for once in my life, my nails always look fresh and nice, but honestly I don’t care about that — I usually just choose clear polish anyway because I’m not big on the colored nails. But it works like a CHARM in breaking away from late-night eating!!! Try it and you’ll see, Roni! :)

    Patty @ A Day in My NYC

    September 14, 2011

    ice pops usually

    tortilla chips (thank goodness i’m out of them now)

    late night snacking is so annoying!

    Nellie

    September 14, 2011

    Well Roni, if it is 10:00, I take a drink of water and go to bed! That is about my bedtime! We have never been big snackers at night. I will say that I have gone to bed with a tiny feeling of hunger, but my sleep is certainly not disturbed by it, and I am ready for a good breakfast the next morning.

    melanie

    September 14, 2011

    ice cold prunes love them they are like candy to me haha
    and some soy milk

    Bonnie Richmond

    September 15, 2011

    I have been using the new WW Smoothies that you can buy at the meetings. I use a packet (I like chocolate best), add 1 cup skim milk, a spoon full of cocoa powder (no calories and just to make it more chocolate(y), a couple packets of Splenda because I added unsweetened cocoa, a banana, some vanilla (a capful) and about 28 half-moon ice cubes and I put all this in my Vita-Mix, which is a super duper high powered blender. It comes out like a HUGE chocolate milkshake. It fills the largest Subway plastic soda cup, and completely fills my stomache so that I don’t want anything else! It’s 4 WWP+ and I don’t know how many old WW points, but I’m getting ready to go back on the old plan. I HATE the new WW Plan!

    Sandy

    September 15, 2011

    Ever tried graham crackers broken up in a rocks glass of milk? Mmm.

    Julia

    September 17, 2011

    Frozen mango cubes. Yummy.

    Kiley

    September 18, 2011

    I tend to eat a cup of jello before bed. Look up the benefits of consuming gelatin; you’ll be amazed!

    Jennifer

    September 18, 2011

    I struggle with this too! You’re not alone, Roni!
    Lately I have been having 2 wasa multigrain crackers with either one wedge of Laughing Cow cheese or some light cream cheese.
    I also really like the cocoa roast almonds, and the cinnamon ones are good too.

    Jennifer

    September 18, 2011

    Shoot, I forgot to add my other snack: Lindt dark chocolate with Sea Salt. 4 squares is a serving and it totally hits the sweet but salty cravings I get.