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10 Healthy Midnight Snacks

Updated on August 29, 2013

A Snack Rap

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Summer holidays are here and children are awake till late. Dinner is digested and since they are young; their metabolism is rocking. Hunger pangs need to be satisfied and having a pantry loaded with healthy snacks is ideal.

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Students usually stay up late to cope up with their curriculum and their assignments. Studying needs focus and attention and being a growing age; they need good fodder to help them attain their goals.

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Youth of today love to stay up late either texting/chatting with each other or watching the latest flicks. Any activity that escorts the time to midnight causes the hunger pangs.

When the clock strikes 12am. The juices in the stomach start their secretion since; dinner is digested and that makes the youth wander in the kitchen or pantry area to help them satisfy the pangs of hunger.

Age plays a big factor in deciding what to ingest. Unfortunately, Youth is not responsible in what they eat thus; adults have to stock up their pantries with some healthy choices for them to indulge in.

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frozen desserts

Below is a list of top 10 healthy midnight snacks

Fruits
Fruits contain vitamins, minerals and fiber and are cholesterol free. Fresh fruits such as Apples, Bananas, Pears, Plum, Peach, grapes and Cherries once washed can be easily bit into and do not need to be chopped.
Apples contain lots of fiber, Vitamins A, C, E and help with weight loss.
Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E and folate.
Pears contain kalium and riboflavin and are good for skin and contain lots of fiber.
Plums are high in carbohydrates. They are low in fat and are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and calcium.
Peach has an acidic tang and is loaded with vitamins. Grapes are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Cherries are good in antioxidants and help reduce pain and inflammation.


Raw Vegetables and Dip
Raw Vegetables are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, and natural sugars. They help all of our body functions to operate well. Some of the best raw vegetables that can be consumed are Carrots, Cucumber, Celery, Tomatoes, and Broccoli.

A Dip can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

1 cup reduced fat plain yogurt
2 tsp. sugar

Mix well. This is a sweet dip, which goes well with raw vegetables.

Another alternative:

1 cup mayonnaise
1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
½ cup sour cream
Sprinkle some herbs and salt according to taste. Mix the above together and serve this dip with raw vegetables.

Below link takes to you many recipes, which are just a grind away and can be used as a dip.

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seeds
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green tea


Low Fat Yogurt/Frozen desserts
Yogurt is a wonderful and quick yet nutritious snack that is low fat and contains dairy product that is a dietary staple for humans.
Frozen desserts are a healthy alternative to beat the heat in the summers.
Indulge in Fat free sorbets, popsicles, flavored yogurts; these can be stored in the freezer/refrigerator ahead of time.

Nuts
Nuts are the best plant source of protein and are rich in fiber, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. They mostly contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to lower the LDL cholesterol. Consummation in moderation is the key to good health.
Indulge in almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts and pistachios.

Seeds
Seeds offer heart some good health benefits; antioxidants and they should be consumed in moderation. Indulge in flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is known to lower blood pressure and is rich in antioxidants that help the heart. However, eating in moderation is recommended.

Milk
Milk is the best source of vitamins and calcium and is also known as a good source for losing weight. Flavored milk can be consumed, which could be cold or hot depending on the weather.

Green Tea
Green tea is a dip and sips method and comes with its high health benefits. It is low in caffeine but high in antioxidants, which help in fighting cancer. It helps speed up one’s metabolism and it results in burning more calories.

Whole grain crackers
Such crackers are loaded with fiber and help in lowering cholesterol by the usage of whole wheat, millet, and rice flours. They are low in fat and give a good flavor and texture when used with certain toppings such as cheese, salsa or dips.

Baked Chips
Fries is everybody’s weakness but, it’s the unhealthiest choice ‘cause of frying the potatoes. Using baked products can help us satisfy the craving of potatoes and also save us from consuming the saturated fats.
Indulge in Baked chips and try to satisfy the momentary pangs of hunger. The chips could also be dipped in dips or used with salsa.


A word of Caution
Everything should be consumed in moderation. Excess of any kind of food is not good for the body. We are responsible humans so, let’s be accountable for what we eat.


© 2012 Ruchira

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      I think this is a great hub. These types of midnight snacks suit me down to the ground. Mind you, I am weak. I will have to train myself to keep away from the hot toasted crumpets dripping with butter. Naughty I know.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a nice hub! And I haven't ever thought about a sweet dip with veggies. Sounds great!

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      If you want to stay awake for a longer period during night, then green tea is the best option and I have successfully tried it many times.

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      PaleoVeganista 4 years ago

      These are great ideas for healthy snacks anytime of day, especially at midnight! I don't eat dairy so yogurt- and sour cream- based dips are out of the question, but raw vegetables are my all-time favorite snack. For vegans and people who are lactose-intolerant/avoid dairy, I would suggest hummus, babaganoush, or a dip made with silken tofu like this tofu herb dip: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Tofu-Herb-Dip-My-Reci.../35. Thanks for sharing, Kelsey

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great ideas for late night snacks. Healthy! Thanks for sharing, Ruchira.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      These snacks are a great idea for New Year's Eve!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice options as healthy midnight snacks. Thanks for sharing.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      HI Ruchira,

      Great information you have provided here, we need to keep healthy day and night, it is the best way to keep those hubs coming. I mostly write my hubs at night and i surely need such information. Voted up and useful.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great information! My late night munchies have been nuts and green tea. This seems to work well for me. The nuts stop my hunger pains and the green tea does not keep me up. I need to keep some vegetables and vegetable dips prepared for late night too. Great information! Voting up and useful! :)

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great tips!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Such useful suggestions!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      So,, midnight snacks are actually good for the health.. I always thought that it's better not to eat at all in midnight, so wrong!

      thanks a lot, your info and ideas concerning healthy midnight snacks are so useful and helpful for me :)

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Yup, I tried not to eat too much chocolates at night... is it because of the caffeine content? Recently I've been eating fresh fruit, I believe that they will help in repairing cells in my body as I sleep. Thanks for posting this wonderful hub. :)

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wonderful, healthy, choices. I happen to be a late night snacker and some of your choices would be mine. When I was a youngster, my favorite bedtime snack was a small bowl of sugar-free cereal and a small glass of milk. Up and useful!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm always getting the munches - at the wrong time! I like your suggestions on making healthy decisions when I am tempted to eat all the wrong things!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Very nice hub. Lots of good ideas. I am a late night snacker. I get stomach pains if i go too long without eating and I take evening meications that are best with food.... one thing I find that helps is having things available prepared and ready to eat. I am tired at night and usually go for what is the quickest... you have me dying to try some yogurt dips with my fruit. Makes it way better than plain fruit and adds some protien... voting up (and yummy)!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ruchira,

      Thanks for publishing this very helpful article. It's one that everyone should read.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...hello my friend - I just shared your entire Hub profile page to my Facebook group Let's just talk music or cinema - with a direct link back here - because you have so many wonderful hubs to choose from - and this one is a favorite of mine - because health is so important to us all - in particular when you get older and can easily fall back into bad habits - but your expertise here and your beautiful layout and presentation makes it so easy to follow and learn ...... sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:29pm

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stopped by for a Tweet :)

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      This is a great list of healthy snack options. I'm pretty good about avoid late night snacking, but I do love a bite of dark chocolate sometimes. My downfall is late afternoon. Have you ever heard the saying, "If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry"? I try to live by that and pick up a piece of fruit instead of going for the chips or crackers before dinner.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Very good advice for those who get the "munchies" late at night. At least eat something healthy!

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      Fruit is the best midnight snack for me and I like apple best.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      A few nuts and dark chocolate might be just enough to keep the stomach from rumbling while they are small enough to not need a lot of digestion so that one can still go back to sleep.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Great ideas Ruchira, we have the grandchildren for the next three weeks and these healthy snacks will come in handy. Don't know about waiting until midnight though : )

      All the votes and sharing on twitter.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      OOH,Ruchira!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Some very good suggestion here, I do tend to snack on fruits and nuts but my husband is a chocoholic so I'll need to wean him unto the dark side. A very useful hub, thank you for sharing.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      thank you teaches12345, ruby and mhatter99.

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      dreamer18 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Fruits and dark chocolates are my favorite. Thanks for the list for snacking at midnight with no guilt.

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      Cate 5 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      A great list of ideas!

      A few need to be crossed off my list though.. allergies to wheat, corn, and milk in the house. We usually stick to the fruit or nuts and seeds in some form!

      Rated up and shared!

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      I always eat noodles when I'm hungry at midnight and fruit is also a very healthy choice.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful hub, Ruchira. And, so common sense, which this world needs a little more of!! I love your suggestions - so healthy and I like that you give the vitamins that are in the foods and what they can help in our bodies. Your research on this is excellent. I love the recipes. I have some that are similar, but yours look even easier to make than mine!

      This hub is full of great suggestions! Voted up and shared!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I'm a midnight snacker, if there's such a name. I snack before I go to sleep--haha--maybe bad but like you pointed out, healthy snacks are a good way to nourish the body. I usually eat fruits, nuts, seeds--yes, I'm quite a squirrel in my snacking habits. Thanks for the list--now, I can add more choices. Rated up and shared.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Great tips, Thanks for Sharing. Your article is very useful, I plan to use some of these tips

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great and useful article. I have stopped eating midnight snacks but there are some times, when my child needs to eat. I can get some good tips from here. Voted up!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      These are great ideas for snacking, I do tend to get hungry in the evening or early hours, so your ideas are so much better than mine, I usually head for the crisps, or cheese on toast!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful - I like the crackers and Yoghurt. I tend to have sausage on toast in the middle of the night. lol or a big slice of Cake - so help me God.

      This Hub was written for me. :-)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great ideas for late night snacking... I have to say that for me, I always reach for the ice cream late at night. However, I have found an alternative for that lower in calories. I love pudding. Gets rid of the chocolate craving and is a whole lot less calories when eaten in moderation. Then again - I am horrible at moderation - even when it comes to working out! Great hub! Thanks for the tips!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Great hub for anyone. Love the pictures. Shared and Voted Up.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Excellent list for healthy snacks to curb those late night cravings. I like how you mentioned chocolate, one of my go to items. Thank you for this hub Ruchira, voted up, shared, useful, and awesome :)

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      ideasinked 5 years ago from Mumbai, India.

      I come in the category of scene 2! :P

      My favorite midnight snack is a dark chocolate bar...yummm!

      I also love the beet-root juice, fresh from the grinder. My friends badly hate it, but for me, health comes first. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      What a great list of snacks! I don't eat midnight snacks since I'm re-energizing my batteries at that time but I would go with the dark chocolate because that's delish 24/7.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      All great foods for kids or any of us to eat. I love all of them. Voted up

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I had a feeling I'd walk away with cravings and needing a trip to the store after reading this. I need some green tea and fruit - now! Hehe. This is a fabulous hub and I love your selection of healthy snacks to eat when we're burning the midnight oil. :)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I'm going to the grocery later on this evening and buying some snacks from this list. I find that no matter what I eat, I am always hungry. voted up useful and awesome!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      i love yogurts..fresh vegies.. oh im starving now!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I would go for baked chips... or fried ones... lol.. hehe

      Raw vegetables in dip sounds yum

      Great Hub

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Good suggestions, as I am a bit of a snacker. However, I now try to eat mainly nuts and fruit as snacks ... but the odd yoghourt is good too.

      Up, useful, and shared.

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      eatforcheaper 5 years ago from London

      Good article! Indeed we are all responsible for what we eat. I also like cereal as a snack or a yogurt.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Mmmm - that basket of fruit looks good enough to eat. :-) So I'm a late night grazer which interferes with my sleep (and weight). I've tried just snacking on celery. That doesn't fill me up and it certainly isn't satisfying. From now on I will follow your suggestions with fruit. I love fruit. Thanks a lot. Vote up and sharing!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 5 years ago from France

      One of my children's favourite late night snack is cereal. A bowl of cereal with wilk and a cup of hot chocolate just puts them in the right mood to slow down before they go to bed.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Very good explanations... I worked in a outsourcing company normally we can't sleep at nights... In day time we normally sleep... So these snacks are useful out there too...

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes, healthy indeed. Glad you put this together and thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared the hub.

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      Prasanna Marlin 5 years ago from Sri lanka

      Very good suggestions. veggies and fruit are my choice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Your photo alone is enough to make me want to munch on healthy stuff. Excellent idea for a hub, by the way. So many people need to control what they eat.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Gosh, I'm hungry now. Maybe I'll head for some veggies and dip, though. Excellent ideas in this hub, and I love your pictures! Many votes and sharing!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub! It's late right now and I'm craving pecans and Greek yogurt. Thanks for sharing these ideas and the reminder to drink more green tea! Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very good advice for snacking in the late hours...or actually any time of day. Almost every day we eat some fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, yogurt and nuts. I need to ramp up my consumption of green tea. Usually I am in bed by midnight unless I keep getting comments on HubPages that need answering. Ha! Voted up, useful and will share.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I do like chocolate, so if I had to pick I would go with the dark chocolate :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      This is a handful of a great information. I always crave foods right before I go to bed and usually it is sweets. This will be very useful for future reference so I can establish a routine. Very informative and written very well. Voted up and useful.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      These are great options for a healthy midnight snack. Voted up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Ruchira, I do like eating nuts in the evening, I was glad to see them on the list!

      Voting up/useful thank you

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Hello Ruchira,

      Voted up and useful!

      A hub that contains common but useful information in a very dramatic manner. That's what I like about your writing skill. Well Done! Sharing it.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      a very handy useful list thaks Ruch.. :) Frank

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A helpful hub with helpful suggestions which are both tasty and healthy! I remember that in my school times, I & my cousins stayed late even after midnight during the summer holidays. We had milk and chocolates. I also like dips, crackers and baked chips. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Very good suggestions. I usually get hungry in the middle of the night as I´m still hubbing. Fruits and nuts are my favorite. Thanks for SHARING (FB).

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I always want to eat when I get home from rehearsals and performances--and the pounds keep coming! So I can see myself eating veggies and dip--Thanks!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God you included dark chocolate in this list!!! Ruchira, I can't tell if this is a recipe hub or not but I'm all for it winning something. Great job and some very good suggestions.

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Dave and I are on the same page. I'm really trying to get rid of some pounds before Mexico. Sheesh, It is so tough. But the morning swim is helping now.

      I just have to learn to quit snacking at night! Or at least snack on healthy stuff.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am fortunate to have always liked such healthy foods as fruit, raw vegetables (and cooked) and love milk. But I must admit, the late night voices calling from the cookie jar get me every time.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Ruchira! I love these ideas. I am constantly struggling for new snack ideas that are healthy. My husband also loves a lot of these things - he's been saying he wants to lose weight before we go to Mexico again in Decmber. I'll add these to my list so I can keep things from getting boring!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      thank you. we share the same view.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      GREAT hub..I eat yogurt and some type of nuts daily. I love chocolate but it doesn't love me..Boo hoo.. Cheers my friend..

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I remember when I was way younger I used to eat heavier food late at night and couldn't sleep. Now, as you have posted, the nuts, veggies and fruit are my choice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      haha...Paula you sure can afford to indulge in it, my friend. Always a pleasure to hear from ya! Cheers!

      Thanks Nare. yup, chocolate is my favorite too.

      Hi Melchi, thanks. I love them as well.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      A lot of what you've listed here is actually really delicious food! My favourites are dark chocolate, nuts and frozen yoghurt. Voted up!!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Great hub! Chocolate and tea are my favorites :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruchira!! That's it....I'm closing my blinds at night! I can't help it. The devil makes me do it. He wakes me with hunger at Midnight! Thanks for helping me!! UP +++