It’s late at night. You can’t sleep. And you’re huuuungry! Even though you’re trying to “eat better”, you don’t want to spoil your diet. After all, conventional wisdom has always taught us that late-night snacking is terrible for us. The good news is that certain foods consumed at night can not only support your healthy lifestyle but also help promote a good night’s rest. That’s why I’d like to share a few healthy midnight snacks you’ll love!
There’s no use trying to snooze with a grumbling belly. Here are a few midnight snacks you can nosh on so you don’t go to bed hungry.
Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese got a bad rap for being a bland, boring weight-loss staple back in the day, but it’s a hidden gem for insomniacs. The lean protein (which comes from slow-digesting casein) helps boost serotonin, and according to a recent study from Cambridge University, can actually help you hit your weight-loss goals while you sleep. To add a dash of flavor, add some raspberries for a 100-calorie midnight snack.
Banana with Almond Butter
One small banana dipped in a tablespoon (16 grams) of unsweetened almond butter is not only a tasty snack, but may also help you fall asleep. That’s because bananas are one of the few fruits known to be relatively rich in serotonin, some of which your body converts to melatonin to help you sleep better. Almonds and almond butter also supply melatonin, as well.
When your sweet tooth needs satisfying, you can’t beat a bowl of berries. Besides being loaded with fiber, which helps fill you up, berries contain magnesium, a mineral that relaxes nerves and muscles to speed slumber. Serve your berries plain, or add some chopped nuts or granola, or add a splash of milk. Also, if you need more ideas, click this link for healthy berry recipes.
If you’re a yogurt lover, turn to Greek yogurt instead of consuming ice cream or frozen yogurt. Greek yogurt is packed with protein and will fill you up faster. Try to aim for the greek yogurts that have around 9 grams of sugar or less.
Popcorn is a whole-grain snack that has protein and fiber. Surprised? The key to popcorn is how you make it. Rather than buying bags of popcorn, buy the kernels and microwave them in a paper bag. If you want to dress it up, add a drizzle of avocado oil and some salt. Tasty!
Oats contain fiber to fill you up and beta-glucan to monitor cholesterol levels. Oats are also rich in melatonin, relaxing the body, and encouraging sleep.
When making any sandwich, it’s always a safe bet to choose whole-wheat bread. That’s because your body digests whole grains more slowly so you’ll feel satisfied longer. And turkey has tryptophan, an amino acid that helps make you sleepy. If you’re not into turkey meat, try peanut or almond butter on whole-wheat toast. Nut butter has healthy fats that raise your levels of serotonin.
Carrots and celery are a popular choice, but also consider radishes, zucchini rounds, or sliced broccoli stalks with a little bit of salt for something different. You can enjoy your vegetables!
Did these healthy midnight snacks help you? Do you have any other suggestions we should add? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive more great blog tips straight to your inbox each Friday. In addition, if you’re looking for some fat-burning activities to engage in, I encourage you to read 8 Heart Healthy Activities This Summer.