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Snacks to eat late at night

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Dinner is over and you’re getting ready for bed—but your stomach is wide awake. While health experts often advise avoiding late night snacking entirely, if you’re genuinely hungry late in the evening you shouldn’t feel like your only option is to tough it out until morning. Choosing a light and nutritious snack can satisfy your appetite and keep you from overdoing it on the box of cookies when you tell yourself you’ll eat just one. Next time your stomach growls before bed, try one of these healthy and satisfying snacks to take the edge off your hunger.

Cottage cheese or yogurt: If you’re craving something cool and creamy before bed, try to resist the ice cream and have a cup of yogurt or cottage cheese. Both of these foods are high in protein and calcium, a mineral shown to produce a more restful sleep. And be sure to choose ones with live active cultures to help improve your digestive health and strengthen your immune system.

Grapes: If you’re looking for a finger food to snack on late at night, grapes are a healthy and hydrating option. Made of 82 percent water, a serving of grapes provides 1/3 cup of water – which is why they work great as a frozen treat as well. A heart-healthy snack, grapes are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols (beneficial plant compounds). The fact that they are good for you, in addition to being a highly enjoyable late night snack, is a bonus.

Popcorn: Instead of reaching for a bag of greasy chips, try popcorn – it’s the only snack food that’s 100 percent unprocessed whole grain. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that popcorn eaters get 250 percent more whole grains in their diet than people who don’t eat popcorn. Plus for a 100-calorie snack you can have three cups of air-popped popcorn or 10 greasy potato chips, and who eats just 10?

Pistachios: If you like your snacks on the savory side, try reaching for some pistachios before bed. If you’re hungry, snacking on pistachios gives you an advantage over other nuts, as you get more nuts per ounce. You get 49 pistachios in a one-ounce serving, which has 160 calories. Plus research shows that snacking on pistachios compared to other common snack foods like pretzels leads to more weight loss and greater reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors. For a more mindful snack, choose in-shell pistachios as the shells can help slow you down so you don’t overdo it before bed.

Fried egg sandwich: If you want something comforting and a bit more substantial before bed, a fried egg sandwich fits the bill. Use just a little bit of olive oil for your egg, and serve on one piece of whole-grain toast for a quick snack with more than 10 grams protein and only about 200 calories. Plus, studies suggest that eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more.

Herbal Teas: If you’re feeling peckish before bed but don’t want to eat much, try having a mug of herbal tea to see if it hits the spot. Chamomile is a classic choice, but there are also dessert-like flavors — such chocolate mint, coconut cake, or caramel vanilla — that might help you quiet your late-night cravings. Since herbal teas are caffeine-free they are ideal for sipping before bed, but there are also decaf versions of most black and green teas available. Take your time at your grocery store or specialty tea shop to find some interesting options to keep on hand.

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The most beautiful pictures in the annual “National Geographic” competition

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National Geographic magazine has launched its annual 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year, setting the deadline for submissions on November 17.

The winner of the grand prize will receive $ 10,000 and professionals and enthusiasts alike can participate in the competition and win the prestigious prize by offering a unique view of wildlife and landscapes.

A series of competing images were published through National Geographic, as well as on its official Web site and on its official accounts on social networking sites. Photo taken from several regions around the world using high-tech cameras, as well as aerial snapshots of aircraft, helicopters, and drones.

The following is a collection of photos in the National Geographic Contest for the best nature photographer of 2017:

National Geographic / Florian Ledoux

National Geographic / Stefan Thaler

National Geographic / Wojciech Kruczynski

National Geographic / Florian Ledoux

National Geographic / Magali Chesnel

National Geographic / (Nick Johanson

 

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The finest microscopic photos ever!

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Surrounded by a strange and hidden world of wonderful objects and shapes, can only be detected using a microscope.

To honor the beauty and the scientific importance of microscopic images, the ” Nikon Small World ” competition was launched. The awards were awarded to researchers and photography enthusiasts who took a collection of the most impressive photos ever.

The top 20 entries were selected on the basis of technology, subject matter, and image aesthetics, displaying more than 2000 photographs taken around the world.

The following are some of the most beautiful pictures of the winner:

 

Pollen germs

Dr. David A. Johnston / Nikon Small World (Pollen germs)

 

Two eggs of the butterfly Maestra

David Millard / Nikon Small World (Two eggs of the butterfly Maestra)

 

Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo, and Dr. Rahul Tare / Nikon Small World (Colored cartilage tissue is like a Christmas tree)

 

Steven Simon / Nikon Small World (Close-up of the 3D credit card logo)

 

Levon Biss / Nikon Small World (A variety of bees radiates as the minerals)

 

Christian Gautier / Nikon Small World (Structures of sea cucumber)

 

Jean-Marc Babalian / Nikon Small World (The picture won the third place prize, representing a colony of vulva algae, a multiracial race of green algae)

 

Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Nicole Schwarz, and Dr. Reinhard Windof (This image won first place, showing keratin structures in skin cells)

 

Tracy Scott / Nikon Small World (Colony of fungi in soil)

 

Dr. Csaba Pinter / Nikon Small World (Licorice insects)

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The strangeness of the lost tribes! (photo)

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Photographer Tariq Zaïdi, who lives in London, took pictures of the hairstyles of the isolated tribes in the countryside of Angola.

Zaidi obtained the photos during his tour of the southern African country in search of “lost tribes.”

Through his footage, the photographer sought to show the lifestyles and customs of people living in these isolated rural communities.

There are prominent features in the images are the hats and exotic hairstyles adopted by women and how they represent their status within their groups.

Tariq Zaïdi

Zaidi found that women are very proud of the hairstyles and traditional clothes they wear.

Tariq Zaïdi

Hairstyles can take hours to get to the final look because of the many details they include, including hair curls with straw, and goat-like hair with some other additions to decorate.

The rapid development of Angola thanks to oil has raised many fears that isolated tribal communities are at risk of vanishing.

Tariq Zaïdi

Tribes and different ethnic groups tend to gather in certain areas of the country, preserving all their customs, languages and history.

There are in Angola more than 90 different ethnic groups, located on the border with Namibia and Botswana from the south and east of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north.

Tariq Zaïdi

Among the communities that appeared in the images: Hemba, Mwila, Mukoroka and the Mukos tribes.

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