You’ve made it through the day. (Pats self on back)
Himalayan Salt Lamp, on. Dollar Store slippers, off. Soft leopard print blanket Mom brought by, pulled just right, up to the collar bone.
“Siri, play Binaural Beats”
“Playing Binaural Beats Ocean Medley Sleepy Time Journey To The Beyond Bed Bath and Beyond”
“That’s enough, ole girl.”
Deep breath in. Hold for four.
For three and half.
Deeper breath in. Hold for three and one half.
“Ahh. Now we’re talking.”
“Need. Chocolate. Stat.”
Clock reads 11:11.
Too late for sweets…
Or is it?
Chocolate Cravings: Embrace Your Nighttime Sweet
1. Nuts (Terrible option. Unless you like nuts!)
Our bodies are constantly communicating with us, if we can be still enough to listen. Got a craving? This can be an indication of what is currently lacking in your diet. The magnesium in nuts is a great patch over while your body is craving those yummy carbohydrates before bedtime. High in fiber and protein; consider nut butters (Peanut butter, Almond Butter, etc.) as well, for a rich substitute free of guilt.
2. Greek Yogurt (Eh! I’d still probably want some chocolate.)
Mmmm… creamy! I love yogurt – usually earlier in the day. I’ll admit though, in a pinch, Greek yogurt is a nice substitute for nightime chocolate cravings. Check the label and choose one that packs 20 grams or more of protein into a serving. You’ll be doing your body a favor with all those probiotics and B12 vitamins before snoozin and cruisin.
3.FRESH fruit (Yuuuuuus)
FRESH is capitalized, but honestly, even if your fruit is frozen, smoothie-ized, or a couple days old (unless its moldy, don’t play with mold); a great option to stave off cravings. I love a strawberry, kiwi, pineapple combo. Brings me to the tropics! I’m no stranger to a bowl of cherries, either.
4.Chocolate milk/Silk (Come to Papa)
With just as much sugar as an unsweetened apple juice, how about a cool glass of chocolate milk? Or as I prefer, Silk (a soy milk alternative). Usually a small glass will be enough to cool off the craving, plus you’ll be taking in protein and a nice helping of unsaturated fatty acids. Nothing says sexy like Unsaturated Fatty Acid, the name of my new band.
5.Chocolate (Ding ding ding!)
Ok, so here’s the deal. You want some chocolate, have some chocolate. And when you have it, take your time. Smell it. Take a nibble. Laugh with it; make a friend. If you’re eating intentionally, then you won’t be overeating at all. And sometimes, you just can’t beat the real thing.
Adios Movement Athletes!