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1 in 4 Indulge Bizarre Late-Night Food Cravings
WCRBTV ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Madeline Haller

Posted on 02/28/2013 9:51:57 AM PST by nickcarraway

It's 2 a.m., and you've just scarfed down another chicken wing topped with Cheez Whiz. Embarrassed? Don't be. Plenty of people flock to their refrigerators to snack on strange, late-night food concoctions, reports a new study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Researchers had 507 students take a "concocting survey" that quizzed them on their eating behaviors and what types of foods they typically ate to satisfy their cravings. The results: One in four participants admitted to creating and indulging in crazy food combos. Think sugar-covered scrambled eggs and mayo-smothered vegetables -- and 41.2 percent chalked up their creations to cravings. (Guys, really? Cure your cravings without going crazy with these Easy Egg Recipes.)

"We were curious on how common concocting actually was," explains lead study author Mary Boggiano, Ph.D., an associate psychology professor at the University of Alabama. "And to differentiate it from regular snacking, we defined it as making strange food mixtures that you would be too embarrassed or ashamed to share with others."

Should serial snackers with a taste for the weird be ashamed? Not at all. "There's nothing wrong with concocting," Boggiano says. But you don't want your midnight snacks to wreak havoc on your waistline -- and that's where Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of weight-management and sports-nutrition service Delicious-Knowledge.com, comes in.

The next time your grumbling gut beckons you to the kitchen at night, trade in your high-calorie combos for these healthier alternatives:

If you're craving something sweet...

Snack on Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Less sugar, less fat, and more natural, this combination is perfect for solving your ice cream cravings, says Caspero. Your move: Grab 6 oz. of Greek yogurt and 1 cup of grapes or mixed berries.

If you're craving something salty...

Grab a tortilla (a high-fiber one works best) and an ounce of sharp cheddar cheese, and create a low-fat cheese quesadilla on the fly. It's easy to make, and it'll prevent you from going overboard with the chips and queso, Caspero says. Just fold it in half, bake it, and top it off with a scoop of salsa.

If you're craving a mix of sweet and salty...

Reach for sliced apples and peanut butter. "A sweet, crispy apple paired with salty, all-natural peanut butter is one of the easiest and healthiest snacks to have on hand," says Caspero. One apple provides you with 5 grams of heart-healthy fiber, while all-natural peanut butter contains 4 grams of protein per tablespoon. The best part? The mixture of protein, fat, and fiber all aid in fullness, which means you won't be reaching for another snack an hour later, says Caspero.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: diet

1 posted on 02/28/2013 9:52:01 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What! No cold chili sandwhich w/mayo, no chocolate chip cookie topped with roast beef?


2 posted on 02/28/2013 9:55:16 AM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: nickcarraway
It's 2 a.m., and you've just scarfed down another chicken wing topped with Cheez Whiz

Topped? Heck no. Dipped!

3 posted on 02/28/2013 9:55:33 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m a somnambulist. I find food out in the kitchen on many mornings. Last night I apparently snacked on low fat yogurt with freeze-dried Blueberry powder stirred in. Pretty healthy! But Monday night I woke up sitting on the kitchen floor. I woke up when I knocked over the jar of the mustard that I’d smeared on a foot long sub. Sub was gone!


4 posted on 02/28/2013 10:02:33 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway

Does Scotch count?


5 posted on 02/28/2013 10:04:05 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway

What’s so strange about mayo on vegetables? For years the only way I ever ate broccoli at home was topped with mayo, and that habit was passed down from my mom. In retrospect, she might have done that to cover up the fact that she overcooked the broccoli.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 10:04:55 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: nickcarraway

Apples and peanut butter? Where is the bologna, cheese and jalapenos? No sense in getting up if you can’t take an uncomfortable sh...dump in the morning.


7 posted on 02/28/2013 10:06:28 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Heck no! Nothing bizarre about Scotch...especially with a good cigar.


8 posted on 02/28/2013 10:07:23 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t think Alexandra Caspero grasps the idea of a late-night snack. Snacks are by nature meant to taste good. Grabbing a vegetable for a late-night snack is perfectly fine if you’re a rodent. Humans desire something a little more tasty than health food. Or “natural” peanut butter on an apple.


9 posted on 02/28/2013 10:07:36 AM PST by driftless2
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To: nickcarraway

10 posted on 02/28/2013 10:08:39 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: driftless2
Snacks are by nature meant to taste good. Grabbing a vegetable for a late-night snack is perfectly fine if you’re a rodent.

The line of the thread. Award the prize now!

11 posted on 02/28/2013 10:11:20 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

And now that I think about it, scrambled eggs with sugar doesn’t sound so odd either.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 10:12:04 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: nickcarraway
Just grab a quick order of fries...

13 posted on 02/28/2013 10:28:26 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: nickcarraway
I have to sneak my braunshwieger, onion, horseradish, and blue cheese sandwiches in the middle of the night to keep my wife from having a fit.
14 posted on 02/28/2013 10:35:10 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Alex Murphy

It’s 2 a.m., and you’ve just scarfed down another chicken wing topped with Cheez Whiz

Topped? Heck no. Dipped!

Are you crazy?

You INJECT the chciken wing with cheese using a can of “EZ-Cheeze” THEN you Dip it!


15 posted on 02/28/2013 10:36:02 AM PST by GraceG
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To: CrazyIvan

She can’t smell it when you come back from the kitchen?


16 posted on 02/28/2013 10:39:33 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The Federal Government will solve this problem. Moochelle is waiting to be placed in charge of a new department to monitor and control people who have thee late night food cravings. Legislation is coming which will require people to get a permit to eat anything after 11 pm and Moochelle will enforce it.


17 posted on 02/28/2013 10:40:08 AM PST by StormEye
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To: nickcarraway

Peproncini peppers with extra sharp cheddar cheese squares ... Big Cheese crackers on the side. Wash it down with a splash of White Zin or a cold Pepsi on ice. ... I’m making myself hungry. BBL


18 posted on 02/28/2013 10:41:29 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: nickcarraway

Simple solution: Ban late nights. It’s a nanny state, people gotta get to bed by 8 pm and if they were safely in bed instead of wandering around who-knows-where, think of all the electric power that could be saved. Think of all the bathroom accidents (already a worldwide epidemic, crisis, and disaster of epic proportions) that could be avoided.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 11:01:41 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: nickcarraway

I eat my peas with honey...


20 posted on 02/28/2013 11:06:18 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: StormEye

Each new fridge will come with a safety lock.


21 posted on 02/28/2013 11:20:56 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmmmmm. Maybe that’s why she decided we needed seperate bedrooms.


22 posted on 02/28/2013 11:27:38 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: KittenClaws

My favorite late night snack is a big slice of cheese, a couple of pickles and about half a sliced onion.


23 posted on 02/28/2013 11:33:46 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Does Scotch count?


Over ice cream. Mmmmmm.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 11:38:40 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

And now that I think about it, scrambled eggs with sugar doesn’t sound so odd either.


Nope. On a related note, I can sprinkle either sugar or salt on tomato slices. Both are good, but different.


25 posted on 02/28/2013 11:40:31 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

And now that I think about it, scrambled eggs with sugar doesn’t sound so odd either.


I hear the secret of McDonalds fries is they have been lightly sugared.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 11:41:16 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Alabama Saturday breakfast: biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon, shredded cheese, covered in maple syrup and pepper gravy, all mushed up together. OH! and sasser that coffee to cool it.


27 posted on 02/28/2013 11:43:53 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

Alabama Saturday breakfast: biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon, shredded cheese, covered in maple syrup and pepper gravy, all mushed up together. OH! and sasser that coffee to cool it.


Breakfast of champions!


28 posted on 02/28/2013 11:46:06 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Actually, fried or scrambled eggs lathered with strawberry jam makes a fine toast sandwich.

Not just for late nights, neither!


29 posted on 02/28/2013 11:48:43 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: GraceG
Are you crazy? You INJECT the chicken wing with cheese using a can of “EZ-Cheeze” THEN you Dip it!

Sheesh - amateurs! You forgot the next steps: wrap it in bacon slices, fry it, dip it in Cheez Wiz again, then roll in bacon pieces!

30 posted on 02/28/2013 11:53:36 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Does Scotch count?

Scotch always counts, and don't ever let anybody tellya different.

31 posted on 02/28/2013 12:02:39 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: cuban leaf

My favorite late night snack is a big slice of cheese, a couple of pickles and about half a sliced onion.
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That doesn’t sound half bad. Sort of like a sandwhich without the bread!

Red or White onion?


32 posted on 02/28/2013 12:07:40 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: MHGinTN

You lost me at White Zin.


33 posted on 02/28/2013 12:10:45 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: MHGinTN

That sounds delish! Although I probably wouldn’t mush it all up together.


34 posted on 02/28/2013 12:12:55 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

A glass of Beringer’s White Zinfandel.


35 posted on 02/28/2013 12:17:25 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Alternate late snack is sweet girkins, swiss cheese, and a gingerale. Put the pickles and cheese on a couple of slices of pumpernickle, if ya got it. A drizzle of mustard makes it even better.


36 posted on 02/28/2013 12:20:23 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: KittenClaws

Red or White onion?


I prefer sweets. My least favorite onion is red.


37 posted on 02/28/2013 12:20:58 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: MHGinTN

Only had cravings when I was pregnant. Spam and squeezie cheeze sans the bread, or crackers. To this day I can’t stand the sight of a can of spam, or squeezy cheese. Ah, motherhood!


38 posted on 02/28/2013 12:42:17 PM PST by k4gypsyrose
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To: CrazyIvan
braunshwieger, onion, horseradish, and blue cheese sandwiches

That's a beautiful thing, right there (except we call it liverwurst) : )

39 posted on 02/28/2013 1:15:09 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: nickcarraway; CrazyIvan
She can’t smell it when you come back from the kitchen?

I bet she can smell it 2 hrs later ; )

40 posted on 02/28/2013 1:17:17 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: MHGinTN

Nah, Cold Stella with a Kettle One sidecar!


41 posted on 02/28/2013 1:32:46 PM PST by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: JoeProBono
That's rather metaphysical   :-)
42 posted on 02/28/2013 1:40:29 PM PST by tomkat
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To: JoeProBono

LOL!


43 posted on 02/28/2013 2:50:22 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: CrazyIvan

That sounds delicious! I like to add a sliced dill pickle to it, though.


44 posted on 02/28/2013 3:42:52 PM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Lou L

Easy to say if one has food.


45 posted on 02/28/2013 5:12:21 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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