Think eating before bed has to mean fat gain? If you’re like many people, you subscribe to this notion that any food you eat before bed will end up right on your hips, thighs, or underarms.
And while if you do consistently eat unhealthy foods in large portions prior to going to bed, that is very likely what you will see, that isn’t always how the situation plays out.
Instead, you can fuel your body well so that you aren’t going to bed hungry while getting leaner at the same time. It all comes down to having the right snacks on hand.
Let’s go over four great options to consider before you call it a day.
A great light snack to get you ready for bed is a bowl of Greek yogurt, topped with some slivered almonds or walnuts and some berries.
Greek yogurt is rich in calcium, which can help to induce sleep and will also provide a good dose of protein to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Combine that with the healthy fats from the nuts and fiber from the berries and you’re all set.
The next great snack is a light turkey salad. Combine together 3 oz. of shredded turkey meat, a quarter mashed avocado, diced celery, diced cucumber, and a tablespoon or so of dried cranberries.
Mix this together and serve. Turkey is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which will help promote sleepiness. Additionally, it’s also going to contain a good dose of protein and the avocado will add the healthy fat – two nutrients that are a must before bed.
Oatmeal With Milk
If you need some comfort food before turning in and have had a relatively active day, you might decide to go in for some carbohydrates, choosing oatmeal with some milk. Slow burning carbohydrates can be okay before bed provided you keep your portion size small.
The good thing about this is that it will cause a release of serotonin in the body, which will induce relaxation and sleep as well.
The milk also contains more tryptophan plus added calcium and protein, making this a well-rounded pre-bed snack.
Top with some almonds, walnuts, or a few fresh berries for added flavor.
Cottage Cheese And Nut Butter
Finally, the last snack that you might consider is cottage cheese with nut butter. Cottage cheese is great because it’s a very slow digesting protein, meaning your muscles will get a steady stream of amino acids over time.
Couple this with the added nut butter, which provides the healthy fats your body needs to keep hunger at bay overnight and you’re all set.
So there you have a few smart pre-bed meal ideas. If you choose these rather than going in for some ice cream, chips, or whatever else you typically eat, you won’t have to worry about weight gain despite having this late night snack.
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