Hi everyone! What a crazy week! I work at a long-term care facility and this past week they had a mini Hostfest at the facility. For those of you who don’t know the Hostfest is the largest Scandinavian festival in North America and it’s held right here in Minot, ND! Some of the Hostfest performers were kind enough to come by the facility and put on a show for the residents. They also go to partake in lefse making – lefse is basically a flour tortilla but instead of being made out of flour it is made out of mashed potatoes and I think there is a little bit of flour in there. I learned about several different Scandinavian delicacies this week including lutefisk….I won’t go into detail on that one but if you’re interested in reading about how it is made check out this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk. I also learned about rommegrot which is basically a very thick and buttery pudding. None of this has anything to do with what I want to talk about this week because with all of that going on I was too full and too tired to even think about late-night snaking. It was all too exciting not to share!

School is now fully in session, the sun is setting a lot earlier, and the weather is starting to get cooler…so cool in fact that there was snow on the ground this morning! Staying up late studying or even bundling up on the couch binge watching your favorite show on Netflix it is easy to get the munchies. Also, I know when I get too cold I’m hungry ALL the time and so it is not uncommon for me to want a snack in the evening. If your stomach is growling and on the verge of eating itself, don’t deprive yourself of food even if it’s 10:00 at night. Your stomach is growling for a reason. But this doesn’t mean you should go straight for the cookies, chips, or pizza rolls. Try something a little lighter on the stomach but just as filling, if not more filling. Here is my go to late night snacking list to help curb hunger and still feel great!

Late night snack list:

  • Apple slices and peanut butter
  • Plain yogurt with a few drops of stevia and fruit
  • Half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread
  • Handful of nuts – lightly salted roasted almonds are my favorite
  • Carrot sticks and ranch (For the ranch I mix a package of ranch mix with 2 cups of plain Greek yogurt and eat throughout the week)
  • A small bowl of whole grain cereal such a Cheerios and banana slices
  • Whole grain crackers (I like original Triscuit thins) with a cheese stick – this is really good when you pull the string cheese apart, place strands across the crackers, then warm the cheese and crackers in the microwave for ~30 seconds.
  • Chips and salsa – this should be eaten in moderation, try about 6 chips.

These are just some of the many nutritious late-night snacks I like to have. I hope you find some of these ideas helpful! Happy snacking! 😊

 

Cover photo from https://www.livestrong.com/article/424146-are-apples-with-peanut-butter-healthy/