Late-Night Snacking

Banana Rum Ice Cream Sundae

Late-night snacking is one of my biggest diet devils. For some reason, about an hour after dinner, I get a little thought in my head: Hmm, something sweet would be good right now. Sometimes, I stave it off by eating a little of this, a little of that… Other times, I go for the sweets full force and end up overindulging. Either way, I’m not necessarily hungry and I overshoot my calories for the day in a big way.

I know myself enough to know that just saying “kitchen’s closed!” isn’t going to work for me. So instead, I need a different strategy. That’s where sweet tea comes in. No, I’m not talking about sweet tea sweet tea—I mean hot herbal tea that has a bit of sweetness to it to trick myself into feeling sweetly satisfied without packing in unneeded calories. Heather introduced me to a brand called Mighty Leaf’s Chocolate Mint Truffle tea. While it’s not quite the same as, say, Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, it’s pretty tasty, especially when you add a little milk. I also love the spicy sweetness of decaf Constant Comment tea. Curling up on the couch with a hot mug of tea is both soothing and satisfying, I’m finding. And bonus, my husband is very pleased that I’m not dipping into his treats every night.

How do you curb sweets cravings after dinner?