Let's be honest. Sometimes we all get the urge to snack before bed. Our stomach rumbles a few hours after our evening meal and we just can't ignore it.
Finding the right foods to snack on at this time of the day can be a challenge. Many are clueless when it comes to deciding the best foods to eat before bed. So we should be aware of our options - foods we can snack on before bed, that will not leave us feeling too full or uncomfortable. Today, you are going to discover the foods that help you sleep, and enjoy a restful night - without going hungry.
As a general rule, we should avoid eating anything less than 3 hours before bedtime, so our food can digest properly. But if you get hungry before bed, its best that you don't ignore your hunger. Breakfast may be a long way away. If you are well informed about what you should eat, then you can definitely eat before bed. The smaller the snack, the closer to bed time you can have it, because it digests quicker.
Ideally, we are aiming for our late night snack to be healthy and low-medium calorie content. We don't want foods with a lot of sugar. When you sleep, high calorie foods are likely to be stored as fat, since your body doesn't burn off that many calories during this period. Sugary foods may even keep you awake at night.
Here are some healthy snacks that will satisfy your cravings and will enable you to get a good nights sleep:
Milk and Whole Grain Crackers, Whole grain bread
Whole grain crackers and bread contain complex carbohydrates that are satisfying and boost serotonin to promote calm relaxation. The fiber will be digested slowly through the night.
Milk contains tryptophan which works as an amino acid to help keep you calm.
Cottage cheese is a product that is high in protein and can be digested slowly. Why not add a few berries for some natural sweetness and added nutrients.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are high in protein and provide a nice satisfying snack. They will slowly digest and will help you sleep through the night. You could eat your egg with a small slice of flax bread. The flax contains omega-3 to improve brain function; while the bread provides the complex carbs to boost serotonin.
Cherries naturally boost the body's supply of melatonin, these little treasures will help you relax and unwind before bed. While fresh cherries are the best, cherry juice or frozen cherries will also be yummy and soothing.
Almonds are delicious and will provide your body with 'good fats'. Almonds contain magnesium, and so will help you fall asleep quickly. They are good for for your heart.
Paying attention to the foods you eat before bed will greatly enhance your well-being and help you get a wonderful night's sleep.
So next time you reach for the fridge in search of a bedtime snack, I hope you refer to my tips as outlined here.
ENJOY your snack and have a brilliant sleep!
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