During the summer, I've gotten to the point where I can eat healthy up until I do something at night with my friends, and then I tend to go a bit crazy. Picture late night ice cream trips, calls for pizza and of course, the occasional fast food run. It's eating after 8 pm that's the worst for you and your digestive system, so I decided to do something about this problem of mine. Frannie came over the other night for an Odd Mom Out marathon (seriously the best show ever), so I decided to stock up on healthy snacks for us to munch on rather than a carton of Ben & Jerry's. I think I can speak for both of us when I say we reeally enjoyed the snacks.
+ Veggies and hummus
I love a good veggie tray, but I always overlook its delicious contents and opt for a cookie or some other fatty food at social events. This time, however, I really enjoyed eating broccoli and peppers, and the hummus is the perfect thing to slightly disguise that raw veggie taste. You would be surprised how addicting the vegetable + hummus combo actually is!
+ Trail mix
For a more salty taste, I added a bowl of trail mix. Rather than a big bag of potato chips or popcorn, the trail mix has a variety of nuts and raisins that give you protein and fill you up faster than chips do. I found a giant box of single serving bags at Costco and then put two in a bowl for us (portion sizes are important things to watch out for, especially with a salty snack!).
+ Fruit salad
To satisfy my sweet tooth, a giant fruit salad was perfect - great for summer too as watermelon and berries are so ripe right now. After eating a few pieces, you instantly feel refreshed and satisfied rather than too full.
+ Chocolate Covered Raisins
And since everyone needs a little bit of chocolate at night (maybe it's just me and Fran?), I tossed a few chocolate covered raisins in a small bowl. Sometimes a little chocolate is good for you in moderation, and usually I'm able to avoid it all day until I have a craving at night. This way, you get some vitamins from the raisins but still that chocolate taste.
Are you guilty of overeating at night with friends too?