I think most of us like to eat snacks at night. Maybe while watching TV or browsing the Internet, or sometimes just out of boredom. A light and nutritious snack can be a good way to get a few extra nutrients into your day if you nosh on fruits or vegetables - that's good snacking. But you know those nights when you rip open a bag of potato chips, then before you know it, you're staring at the bottom of an empty bag? All too often, mindless late night snacking adds extra calories from sugars and unhealthy fats - that's bad snacking.
I've got a few ideas for good nighttime snacks. First, don't stock up on greasy chips, cookies, ice cream, or any high-calorie junk food. If they're not in your kitchen you won't miss them, especially if you have lots of healthy snacks on hand.
Air popped popcorn is high in fiber and as long as you don't drown it in butter, fairly low-cal. Or choose the reduced fat microwave popcorn.
Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter or table instead of a cookie jar full of cookies. Fresh fruit is sweet and delicious and high in nutrients and fiber.
Eat raw vegetables with a low-cal veggie dip instead of potato chips and dip. You'll keep flavor and crunch, but shed the calories and gain lots of good nutrition.