It’s getting late, and you’re watching some TV before hitting bed, when you feel the slight twinge of hunger. The general consensus is that eating right before bed is not great for your weight loss. Your body is in a state of rest so that a large meal will not be burned and gives your body to store more of the nutrients as fat. So, is it possible to have some healthy bedtime snacks?
In general, if you can avoid too much snacking before bed, that is generally a great idea. For those that struggle with it consistently, checking out IdealShape’s NatralShape supplement might be a good place to start. Taken 30 minutes before dinner, this supplement can help stave off the nightly snack cravings and improve your weight loss results.
That being said, sometimes going to bed hungry is just not an option. So, here’s 5 snacks that will not only do less to hurt your weight loss goals, but can help you sleep better.
Healthy Bedtime Snacks:
1. Whole Grain Cereal/Oatmeal
A small bowl of whole grain cereal or oatmeal is high in fiber. Carbohydrates have been shown to raise your levels of tryptophan in the blood. This increases the amount of serotonin in your body, which helps you feel more tired. Make sure to use some low-fat/almond milk as that will limit the number of excess calories.
2. Plain popcorn
If you’re watching a movie right before bed, then a handful or two of popcorn is a great way to feel full without adding too many calories. This, of course, is only if you really limit the amount of butter/salt that you add to the snack. Eating it plain is a great source of fiber, but the salt and butter are quickly going to double and triple the amount of calories you can have.
3. A hardboiled Egg
The jury is still out on how healthy protein is before bed. Some believe that because protein is a little harder for your body to digest, it might cause some sleep issues. The other side says that protein-based foods actually help induce sleep.
4. Greek Yogurt with cherries
Greek or low fat yogurt mixed with cherries can be particularly good for a restful night’s sleep as cherries are naturally high in melatonin. Melatonin is pivotal to your natural sleep cycles.
5. Tuna on Spinach
Tuna in water is fat free, you can drain it and drizzle a small amount of olive oil on it then place it on a bed of spinach. This is a healthy snack and a great source of iron to help prepare you for the day to come.
So, there we go. Eating before bed isn’t always going to be the healthiest option for your weight loss, but as long as you don’t overdo it, then a healthy something just before bed is going to help you sleep better without derailing your fitness goals.