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3 Healthy Late-Night Snack Swaps

3 Healthy Late-Night Snack Swaps

  • Genna Heintzkill
  • Sep 12, 2018

Whether working late or playing late, nighttime snacking is a common occurrence. However, some of the more popular late-night snacks can be swapped out for healthier versions that will allow for delicious snacking that adds nutrition and not just empty calories. Here are three examples.

1. Candy-coated Chocolates vs Grapes

Candy-coated chocolates can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and flavor variations. The most well known might by Masterfoods' "M&Ms" chocolate candies. This chart compares these kinds of candies to red seedless grapes.

 

Stats for 1 Cup of:

Candy

Grapes

Calories

1,023

104

Fat

44.0 g

0.2 g

Sodium

127.0 mg

3.0 mg

Cholesterol

29.1 mg

0.0 mg

Sugar

132 g

23.4 g

With 919 fewer calories and 220 times less fat, grapes will likely be a more filling option and will definitely be more nutritious, as they include vitamins A and K in large amounts.

2. Cheese Curls vs Baby Carrots

Cheese curls can come in fried, baked and "puffed" varieties, and can also be sprinkled with various flavor salts. For this example, the stats from the common brand "Cheetos" were used. Baby carrots are very small, whole carrots, not necessarily carrot sticks, which are often made from mature plants.

Stats for 1 Cup of:

Cheese Curls

Baby Carrots

Calories

1,352

82.9

Fat

84.2 g

0.0 g

Sodium

2,105.0 mg

184.9 mg

Cholesterol

0.0 mg

0.0 mg

Sugar

0.0 g

11.9 g

With more than 200 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A and high amounts of magnesium and calcium, carrots have what it takes to create a healthy body, even when snacking!

3. Ice Cream versus Yogurt

Ice cream can be a cool, refreshing treat on a warm night. However, yogurt can also be chilled or frozen and offers more nutritional benefits than ice cream does.

Stats for 1 Cup of:

Ice Cream

Yogurt

Calories

274

149

Fat

14.0 g

8.0 g

Sodium

106.0 mg

113 mg

Cholesterol

58.0 mg

32.0 g

Sugar

28.0 g

11.0 g

Refrigerated or chilled, yogurt is the healthier option with a whopping 2.5 times less sugar than ice cream along with over 45 percent fewer calories.

Making these kinds of snack swaps--and drinking plenty of water each day--can help to overcome the urge to gorge on sugar, salt or fats excessively (especially late at night) which can lead to weight gain.

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