Good morning! I hope everyone’s week is going well. It’s a 4 day work week for me, which made Monday morning just a little bit more bearable around here.

I’ve started week 2 of my 10k training, and I have to say if I’ve learned anything its that three workouts a week is no joke! Seriously, every little thing you do on the easy days makes a difference.

I have to give a quick shout out to my ever supportive husband who got up with me on Tuesday morning to help pace my on my 800’s! It was greatly needed and very thoughtful especially on marathon week!

 

Over the past couple weeks I’ve been focused on working on my night time snacking problem. There is no problem with snacking at night, but I don’t tend to select the best options. It’s always been a weakness of mine.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite night time snacks that seem to not only work to satisfy my hunger, but also help me prepare for my next early morning run.

 

Smoothie with Avocado

If my sweet tooth is out of control, I will usually bring out the blender for a smoothie. I’ve recently found that adding avocado to a smoothie helps give it that wonderful rich, creamy texture.

My go-to simple recipe is:

12 oz. almond milk
1/4-1/2 cup frozen fruit
1/4 avocado
1/2-1 scoop protein powder

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I swap out the type of protein powder and fruit to get different flavors. It’s simple, but it does the trick! It is a great combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates without a ton of excess sugar.

 

Cottage Cheese/Greek Yogurt

I want to love cottage cheese. I really do. Who knows maybe one of these days it will grow on me, but for now I stick with my Greek yogurt.

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I like to pick up the plain to avoid crazy amounts of sugar, and then add toppings. Some of my favorite topings include: protein powder, fruit, almonds, and granola.

A great source of protein (in both cottage cheese and Greek yogurt) and adding the toppings can either up your fat, carbohydrates or even extra protein!

 

Cereal

I’ve been on a big cereal kick lately. I try to pick up one at the store with less sugar. I’m a big fan of rice krispies, corn flakes and chex.

Adding other toppings just like with the yogurt helps to give it better flavor and nutritional value.

 

Toast with Avocado

Can you tell I love avocado? It’s amazing I went as long as I did without it.

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Toast with avocado has been big for me recently for breakfast and for a late night snack. Healthy fats are so important for runner, especially women, and this is a great and delicious way to get them in!

 

Hard Boiled Eggs

I can hear my husband gagging now (he hates eggs). However, I really enjoy these when I am needing a snack.

These are also popular to pair with the toast and avocado for breakfast. Hard boiled eggs to me are delicious and they also help to satisify.

 

Casein Protein Shake

If I have had a hard workout, I will sometimes take a half a scoop or whole scoop of casein protein before going to bed.

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Casein is a slow digesting protein so it works throughout the night to help repair your muscles, and even helps me sleep better!

 

There you have it. Nothing fancy, but these seem to help avoid me snacking on Salt & Vinegar chips and jelly beans all night long! Still delicious, and still are enjoyed at times, but these have much better nutritional and recovery benefits.

 

What are your favorite late night snacks?

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