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Do you feel guilty if you snack at night? You’re not alone. It’s a common misconception that nighttime snacking causes weight gain, but this isn’t entirely true. A truer statement would be that snacking on unhealthy foods at night causes weight gain.

In this study, late-night eating did not affect weight loss in obese women. Most late night snackers gain weight because they eat high-calorie comfort foods.

Next time you get a late-night snack attack, reach for one of these healthy and tasty nighttime snacks you can eat without gaining weight. If you’re counting calories, just remember to account for calories from these snacks in your daily total.


1. Apple with Peanut Butter

This snack can keep hunger at bay without interrupting sleep, as long as you don’t overdo it on the peanut butter. Cut the apple into slices, and then spread two teaspoons of peanut butter on them.

When buying peanut butter make sure it is natural. Nut butter that contains sugar, artificial sweeteners and oils are unhealthy and higher in calories. And don’t worry. Peanuts are good for you!

2. Baby Carrots

Carrots are the perfect healthy nighttime snack because they are convenient, flavorful, nutritious, and low in calories. You can eat as many sticks as you want, since one baby carrot contains only four calories.

I have to warn you that dipping your baby carrots in hummus can add many calories. Stick to plain carrots, especially if you had not planned to snack at night.

3. Air-Popped Popcorn

If you usually snack while watching TV, it’s better to snack on air-popped popcorns instead of crackers. Popcorns will also give you a good amount of fiber, protein, and carbs.

Did you know that popping popcorn with oil doubles its calories? It’s true! One cup of oil-free, air-popped popcorns contains 31 calories while a cup of oil-popped popcorns has 55 calories. So skip the oil, and enjoy that popcorn straight out of the air popper.

4. Banana with Nut Butter

Eating a banana at night can help curb nighttime sugar cravings. Simply spread a tablespoon of your favorite natural nut or seed butter on the banana, and enjoy.

In addition to curbing your cravings, bananas can help you sleep better since they contain magnesium. Research shows that magnesium intake improves quality of sleep in people with insomnia.

5. Tart Cherries

Snacking on tart cherries at night can keep you full and help you sleep like a baby. In this study, senior participants slept better when they drank tart cherry juice before bed. This fruit is a good source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/healthy-nighttime-snacks-for-weight-loss.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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