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What's your "bedtime snack"?

I cannot go to sleep without a piece of toast.

This bedtime snack is such a part of my quiet-down, night-time ritual that if we come home late from dining out, I still need my sad little toast square before I can sleep. Condiment can vary (a little butter, jam, pb)... but there must be toast.

Do you have a regular bed-time snack?

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  1. A few triscuits with some cheese!

    1. i def go for the cheese. usually with a wasa or bran crisp or something with a nice chunk of fiber. but, yeah, cheese it is. i mean, if i am weaker than normal i would opt for a nice hunk of chocolate but heres hoping that i can keep that under control:)

      1. I love to set aside 30 minutes before I get ready for bed, usually around midnight, for a glass of wine, some almonds and a good book. my mother did it while I was growing up, and now I do it too. it's a great way to wind down from a busy day and have some "me" time.

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          1. This is gonna sound wierd I am telling you right now...bacon and cereal. I will wake up and make it at 3 in the morning.

            1. It doesn't sound like a snack, but it really does fill me up... my husband, most nights, makes me a chocolate milk with Vietnamese cinnamon sprinkled on top; he calls them "special chocolate milks"! A "*really* special chocolate milk" is one where the hershey syrup is almost out, and you pour the milk in the bottle, and shake... this is more his method than mine!

              1. LOL...I love a good piece of toast after going out also. As a child, my mother always made toast late at night as a snack, and I continued the tradition. I even roped my best friend into the habit when we lived together..after going out we would fly around the kitchen making toast and eggs, no matter what time it was. I like mine with a nice pat of butter and a cup of tea.

                1. Unfortunately, as part of my quest to lose the 15 pounds I've gained this past year, I'm trying not too eat anything after dinner (dinner varies, so it's not a strict time thing, just an effort to stop mindless nibbling....).
                  However, cereal and popcorn and I guess anything carby is desirable at that time. I've actually heard that you should avoid to much protein too soon before you go to bed as it will keep you up.

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                  1. re: pescatarian

                    I've never heard that protein will keep you up, it certainly isn't the case with me. I usually eat either cottage cheese or beef jerky before bed, sometimes almonds or other nuts. Never carbs.

                    1. re: luniz

                      oh yeah, i totally forgot but i too love the cottage cheese before bedtime. trying to stop this habit but...:)

                      1. re: ben61820

                        why would you stop that? cottage cheese is absolutely the best thing you can eat before bed. the protein is slow digesting to keep you from going catabolic, there's no sugar or carbs, and any fat will only slow digestion further..

                        1. re: luniz

                          Yup. Cassein is the best form of protein before sleep because it digests/breaks down slowly. Dairy is a good source.

                          1. re: luniz

                            There are natural sugars and carbs in cottage cheese because of lactos. Regardless, it's good for you. Next time try micowaving some CC with some cinnamon and spices...very soothing treat.

                            1. re: Jacey

                              How long do you microwave the cottage cheese and at what power setting?

                              1. re: forzagto

                                I nuke mine at full power for 30-45 seconds but that's for about a cup and makes it pretty gooey... cinnamon, vanilla, splenda or stevia... like a rice pudding w/o the rice... i occasionally add barley to this conconction and nuke it as well.

                      2. re: pescatarian

                        I eat like a hog most of the day, but I try very hard to not eat after 8 on week nights. People don't believe this is actually my secret, but when I eat midnight snacks every day for a week I can feel my weight going up.

                        If I'm starving, I limit my night time snacks to something flavorful and low fat: tea, good fruit, a glass of milk, salted air popped popcorn, etc.

                        1. re: Pei

                          I try not to eat after 9. Since I don't get home until almost 7, not eating after 8 isn't going to work!! I get a craving for something sweet after dinner, and usually have grapes or an orange...I especially like frozen grapes.

                          Cheese before bed sometimes keeps me awake...

                          1. re: Pei

                            Do you think it's the quantity or the time? I've been eating dinner at 9 or 10 most nights for years, now. (I don't get home from work until at least 8.) Don't think I've gained any weight as a result. If anything, I've lost it because my muscles have all atrophied from sitting on my ars all day long.

                        2. My mom did the toast thing too, and I love it, but I'm trying to watch my weight - so I'll usually skip the toast and have a decaf cup of tea. We also used to have a bowl of cereal or bananas and milk. Guess there's something rebellious about having a breakfast item right before bed....

                          1. I'm not big on eating before bedtime, not a big snacker at night in general but most likely, if I was going to munch on anything, probably it would be popcorn and iced tea if I wanted something crunchy, or some fresh fruit, like berries if sweet was what I was craving.

                            1. a small glass of light chocolate soy milk (8th continent)

                              1. I wish. Before the GERD, I almost always ate popcorn or ice cream every night. Now I don't eat past 7:00. Waaah. The good thing is that it was one of the changes that contributed to some pretty hefty weight loss a couple of years ago.

                                1. It is hard to beat a spoon and a jar of crunchy peanut butter.

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                                  1. re: notgreg

                                    well you know, a knife reaches the bottom of the jar better.

                                    1. re: luniz

                                      mymy, people after my own heart here - i could eat, oh i dont know, countless jars/amounts of peanut butter once the clock hits somewhere around 1200 midnight-ish. what is it? dr jekly and mr hyde for real. any nutbutter will do actually.

                                      and yes, a knife most def reaches down to the crannies much better:)

                                      1. re: ben61820

                                        Actually, an iced tea spoon works really well.

                                        So I've heard :)

                                        1. re: tomishungry

                                          I like smooth peanut butter, frozen chocolate chips, and a butter knife.

                                          1. re: Rick

                                            even better: get a jar of peanut butter with an opening big enough for your hand. :)

                                  2. Cream sherry and two dark chocolate coated Hob Nobs (McVitie's oat biscuits) -- or cream sherry and cinnamon toast if I'm out of biscuits.

                                    1. Frosted Flakes with 2%.

                                      1. Usually a piece of cheese (havarti, cheddar or whatever I have on hand) I cut a big 2oz or so piece and drink it while I'm waiting for my tea water to boil.

                                          1. re: timmy

                                            I agree! I know ice cream in bed would not be on any nutritionist's recs, but my husband and I love it so much.

                                          2. Smoked salmon spread on Ritz crackers, or corn chips dipped in a mixture of salsa and sour cream. If I'm out of those things, I sometimes resort to that Old English cheese in a jar on soda crackers.

                                            1. Toasted English muffin with butter and jam and a glass of skim milk (if I had a light dinner). A couple of Hershey Kisses and skim milk if dinner was bigger.

                                              1. Popcorn with parm nad truffle oil and a glass of wine. Or cheese and crackers. If i've been out for a night on the town I often make grilled cheese when I get home for me and my friends, gotta soak up the booze!

                                                  1. Cheese
                                                    A handful of chips

                                                    1. Cold Cuts. It's just protein, no real carbs, and I'm a carnivore. =)


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                                                      1. re: GurglingStomach

                                                        I think a lot of the widely available cold cuts have have carbs in the form of added sweeteners.

                                                      2. Peanut butter on Granny Smiths. I love the salty sweetness of the PB w/ the tartness of the apples. Also, cottage cheese on Ruffles.

                                                        1. Used to be ice cream, preferably HD's dulce et lece. This is why I'm about 100lbs overweight. Nowadays, I try not to have the bedtime snack but if I must, the snack of choice is all natural peanut butter on rykrisp or similar high fibre cracker and a glass of milk.

                                                          1. 48 ounce porterhouse baby

                                                            1. Sunny Delight.

                                                              In summer a popsicle in bed is so refreshing. My boyfriend is always on me for the pile of sticks I leave by the bed.

                                                              1. Instant noodles....................... the msg, the warm soup, the slippery noodles ... makes for a very satisfying sleep.

                                                                1. Decaf green tea with one of those 100 calorie packets of Trader Joe's cookies (love the oatmeal choc. chip and the new cinnamon graham cracker). Dip the cookies in the tea, natch!

                                                                  1. I generally don't eat a bedtime snack, but there are things I can't resist eating before bed when they're in the fridge...
                                                                    a few bites of Cold Pizza (emphasis on Cold)
                                                                    Fried Chicken
                                                                    Roasted Turkey or Roast beef
                                                                    Chinese food - bbq pork, sweet/sour "meat", shrimp
                                                                    BBQ ribs
                                                                    Luncheon meat
                                                                    I've noticed for myself, when I eat bread/carbs before bed... I wake up with heartburn, but the meat doesn't bother me.

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                                                                    1. re: dave_c

                                                                      Cold pizza is the BEST!!! My Dad calls it Italian coffee cake. I cannot resist cold pizza for breakfast. . .yum!

                                                                      As far as bedtime snack, the old standard. . .cookies and milk. Chips Ahoy(!) with a glass of ice cold milk. . .sweet dreams.

                                                                    2. Pickled okra and a couple of radishes. Yep.

                                                                      1. Almost always peanut butter toast. If not that, ice cream or cold cereal.

                                                                        1. Always cereal, cheerios or similar with 2 percent. I never eat cereal at any other time. Its just the right thing for nighttime snacking.

                                                                          1. Banana smeared with almond butter, then dipped in wheat germ. Soy milk and vitamin chaser.

                                                                            1. I lovelovelove to have a pice of wasa crispbread with some Danish blue cheese before sleep. I work the mid-swing shift and don't usually get to sleep before 4am. Recently, i've found alot of pleasure of having a small glass of wine just adds to the enjoyment. (I want to learn more about wines)

                                                                              Then again, since I don't get to sleep till very late, I've been known to eat 5-grain oatmeal, scrambled eggs...steak..hamburger helper (guilty pleasure!) every once and awhile very late night.

                                                                              Wasa and cheese at least 4-5 times a week, tho. So satifying!

                                                                              1. I rarely eat before bed, and for that matter after dinner. However, once in a while I'll crave a few almonds before bed.

                                                                                1. i'm a sucker for ramen before bed...in fact, i just had a bowl. :o)

                                                                                  1. It's not a regular thing for me anymore, but I used to have frozen yogurt almost every night. On occasion I would have either chocolate soymilk or a fuji apple with CB or PB instead, but fro-yo was my true love =) I just got married and moved so I have not yet really established a routine, let alone a night time snacking routine. Last night though was so beautfiul we did take the bike to our favorite bubbletea fusion cafe where I had hot chai and hubs had green apple bubbletea. The hot chai really was relaxing at the end of the day so I may start having some sort of hot nightcap to bring me down.

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                                                                                    1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                      Couple of handfulls of Planters dry roasted peanuts...

                                                                                    2. Leftover salad, if there is any.

                                                                                        1. Other than dinner, which I tend to eat right before bed, I am a sucker for nocturnal yogurt. That creamy, sweet stuff is so soothing... even better than ice cream, which is cold enough and sugary enough that it makes me want to climb things and run around... or stay up and chowhound all night. ;)

                                                                                            1. Some wine, usually a merlot or chard, an oatmeal raisin cookie (TJ's Druid Circles) and and ounce or two of Amadeus cheese.

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                                                                                              1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                A baked apple over some vanilla frozen yogurt. Yum!

                                                                                              2. A spoonful (or 2 or 3) of Nutella

                                                                                                1. wine and crackers..
                                                                                                  After coming home from a night out, I have always had a big mug of tomato soup and a chewy hunk of bagel..it's a ritual I look forward to almost as much as the night out! (I credit this to the fact I NEVER have a hangover!)