Five foods you should never eat before bed

Avoid late-night dietary disasters that can ruin your physique and even your sleep. Here are the 5 worst offenders, and 5 great alternatives for when you’ve got the munchies.

1. Late-Night No-No: Dark Chocolate
Over the past several years, dark chocolate has become a snack hero of sorts. That’s because this dark delight is laced with body-friendly antioxidants shown to help fend off a range of maladies.

Try This Instead: A Handful Of Carbo Chips

2. Late-Night No-No: Boxed Cereal
Who hasn’t dug into a bowl of comforting breakfast cereal when the late-night munchies strike? Make this a snack habit, though, and your midsection will definitely remain a few cans shy of a six-pack.

Try This Instead: Plain Popcorn

3 Late-Night No-No Ice Cream

For the most part, ice cream contains a snacking double-whammy. For one, tubs of Chunky Monkey and other ice cream varieties are often packed with sugar that can contribute to fat gain.

Try This Instead: Low-Fat Cottage Cheese Mixed With Chia Seeds

4. Late-Night No-No: Pretzel Sticks
It’s hard not to get tempted by the appeal of ripping into a bag of crunchy pretzels when cruising the TV channels after a long day. And aren’t they way better than greasy chips? Well, it turns out this baked snack food isn’t so benign after all.

Try This Instead: Seaweed Snacks

5. Late-Night No-No: Fruit Yogurt

Drop your spoon into fruit-flavored yogurt and you could be getting an unwelcome surprise: plenty of sugar.

Try This Instead: Plain Yogurt With Vanilla Extract

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