My late night snack

late night snack

late night snack

After a long night out, dancing and drinking … Energy depleted, cautiousness low and potential cravings high.

You drag yourself through the car door and focus on your way back home…

Although the fact that, a lonely gurgle in your belly has been eagerly awaiting the famous hot dog sandwich with extra-cheese and your friends preceded you into the bakery for a quick late night mankouche. You’re still holding up for your healthy resolutions.

You’re not planning to sleep hungry though, because in the event where you do so, you would only see yourself twisting by the blankets and getting no sleep!

You’re wondering, how to satiate your hunger with the least amount of calories and definitely without messing up the kitchen.

Your thoughts might be scary but never as fruitful as they might get now!

A Banana is all that you need!

Despite being erroneously called fattening and too high in sugar, a small banana only contains about 100 calories, which is not much more than a medium apple. It doesn’t only save many empty calories from your old late night snacks, but also provides you with essential vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Tryptophan.

Bananas are rich in Tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into the calming and sleep-inducing brain chemical Serotonin. They are also considered a natural remedy to hangovers along with water. They are a good source of dietary fiber and regulate blood pressure.

In times of recession, snacking on a banana late at night, is much cheaper and healthier than any junk food item. Nevertheless, I can guarantee that ,whenever you’d detect the alluring smell of hot dogs or Manakeesh, you’d get a tiny tear in the corner of your eye. As bad as they were for you, you will miss your friends. However, you will definitely feel lighter and much healthier without them !

Nicole Maftoum
Clinical Registered Dietitian
El-Metn, Lebanon
00961 70 63 55 40

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