Picture this – it is a Friday night, you have planned to see the movie, you set up the room, dim the lights and the movie comes on! You are fully engrossed in the movie, occasionally sipping water. When it ends, you feel satisfied of a good start to the weekend. Does this seem fine or is there something missing? Maybe a crispy movie time snack? If you all agree with us, then this article is for all of you.
If the rate of obesity were to continue increasing at the same rate like now, its prevalence will reach 21% in women and 18% in men by 2025.
Leave alone a movie night, the reasons for late night snacking differs for everyone. Some could eat due to boredom, or for some the reasons could be emotional also. Whatever the reason, late night snacking has been associated with overweight and obesity. To compound to the problem, the rate at which obesity is increasing is worrisome.
“The problem with night time snacks is that it is usually high in calories. What appeals to people at night is fried, oily or sweet snacks that can put a whole day of clean eating out of whack,” said Miss ABC dietician with XYZ hospital.
While old perspective on night time snacking completely prevents it, new research finds that not all night time snacks are bad. Evidence is increasing that eating small, nutrient-dense, low energy foods or snacks which have single macronutrients. Given below are some healthy late night snack options that doesn’t put your health goals out of whack.
- Roasted Makhana
Bite sized, yummy and crispy; makhana are every bit a healthy and fancy snack that can be a perfect accompaniment to movie nights. Roast them with 1 small teaspoon of ghee, turmeric and pepper for a zingy snack
- Peanut butter with fruit
Fruit by itself is imbalanced as it doesn’t have protein. Why you need protein, even in snacks? Fruit is also one of the low calorie options. The best bet is to smear some unsweetened crunchy Max Protein peanut butter to nutritionally complete it. Bon Appetit!
- Muesli with low fat milk
While only cornflakes with milk is not among the best healthy snack, that to for midnight cravings; replace it with a protein-rich muesli, preferably the one that has nuts and seeds for a much balanced healthy late night snack. Opt for healthy mueslis and a dash to cold milk and see your late night ice cream cravings vanish away.
Isn’t popcorn a movie’s or a series best friend and isn’t it unhealthy? Not really! Popcorn is a whole grain snack – made only of corn. But when you go for commercial flavoured popcorn in a packet is when the trouble begins. Loaded with artificial flavours, trans fat and other unhealthy additives, do yourself a favour and just get the plain popcorn kernels and pop them at home.
- Veggie slices with dip
Carrots, cucumbers, celery, capsicum are all healthy vegetables but the prospect of eating them as a healthy late night snack is not interesting. So pair it with healthy homemade dips such as hummus, hung curd dip and low fat mayo. Indulging in them is not only healthy but also guilt free.
- Nuts and seeds with fruit
Fruit is back on the list but with a drizzle of roasted nuts and seeds instead of peanut butter. You can get creative by adding healthy toppings – peanut butter + nuts and seeds, hung curd + toasted nuts, muesli + peanut butter. Get the creative side of yourself and try out various combinations.
- Protein cookies
Yes, yes we know cookies are in no way healthy. Well the commercial ones surely aren’t! But have you tried the Max Protein choco loaded choco chip cookies yet? Made with 7 different supergrains such as oats, quinoa, sattu, amaranth among others; this no maida, clean, protein rich cookie can be easily munched on when those midnight cravings strike. Talk about a healthy late night snack that loves you back!
- Pizza salad
Everyone knows what a pizza is but do you know you can recreate the familiar pizza taste and flavour with a salad as a base? Just toss fresh crunchy lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and other pizza toppings you want (roasted mushrooms, tossed paneer, marinated tofu if you have them handy), add a good dollop of homemade pizza sauce and drizzle some cheese. You won’t miss a pizza; we guarantee you that!
- Greek Yogurt bark
If ice cream and sweet treats are your thing at night, then try this yummy and tasty Greek yogurt bar. All you need to do is mix Greek yogurt, honey, some berries and Max protein muesli, spread it on a sheet and freeze it. When it is frozen solid, break it into barks and munch on when you feel like. Yum to the max
- Max protein chips!
We are not even going to flourish this one but if you do feel like eating a crunchy snack and none of these fit the bill (or too lazy to make), just do yourself a favour and get the Max Protein multi-grain protein chips. Available in 6 tantalizing flavours, they are low in GI (Glycaemic Index), have 35% Less fat than regular potato chips, provide a massive 25g Protein,10g Fiber, all this with no white carbs. Try them now!