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The Best Foods To Eat At Night

Food at nightAs a child, the secret ‘midnight snack’ used to be some of our favourite things about sleepovers with friends.

Sneaking down to the kitchen to smuggle a packet of potato chips and a chocolate bar under your pyjama top back up to your bedroom gave a thrill like no other!

But unfortunately, as time has moved on it has become clear that my body no longer reacts particularly well to a packet of chips and chocolate straight before bedtime, as I’m sure many of you have also discovered.

So, what are our options? When our tummies start to grumble and the cravings for a before-bed-snack come along, is there anything that will satisfy our stomachs while still keeping our bodies happy?

Thankfully, there are some healthy, low calorie options for us!

As it is not a good idea to go to bed on a completely full stomach, it is recommended that you start to decrease the size of your meals as the day goes on. Having a bigger lunch and smaller dinner is a great way to kick start this process.
As for before bed snacks; it is best to focus on foods that will be less than 300 calories. Some great options include green vegetables, or fruit and vegetable based smoothies.

If you’re craving something sweet, try whipping up a strawberry shake! By combining 1 cup of frozen (or fresh) strawberries, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, a banana, a cup of orange or apple juice (depending on what you prefer) with a couple of tablespoons of Greek yoghurt, you’ve got yourself a delicious snack to enjoy an hour or so before bed! It will help you stay full until the morning and the 1cup for blueberries and yogurt in the strawberry shake promote fat burning. Sounds pretty great to me!

If you prefer something a bit more on the savoury side, green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, beans, peas or everybody’s latest favourite, kale is an easy option when whipping up a before bed snack. By stir-frying the green vegetables with some sesame oil and spices like paprika and cumin, you’ve created a low calorie before bed snack that will fill your tummy without interrupting your quality of sleep.

If you are a cheese lover like myself, you’ve probably heard all the warnings about cheese negatively affecting your sleep or giving you nightmares. A fantastic alternative to the regular cheese sauces that you may want to combine with your green vegetables is cottage cheese. Not only is cottage cheese a lighter, low calorie option, it also won’t give you those negative side effects most others cheeses will before bedtime. Cottage cheese could be the perfect before bed, low calorie cheese alternative you’ve been searching for.

For quick snacks that helps satisfy a rumbling belly and help promote sleep try a handful of cherries. Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock, says Keri Gans, a registered dietician in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet.
A glass of milk, even though recent discussions have been controversial a glass of milk helps many relax and fall asleep.
Bananas help promote sleep because they contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium, says Gans. They’re also carbs, which will help make you sleepy as well. In fact, bananas are a win-win situation in general. “They’re overall health promoters,” says Rosenberg. “We need potassium for cardiovascular health and cognitive functioning.

So, there you have it! There are numerous options for great before bed foods if you’re looking for snacking ideas under 300 calories that will compliment your healthy lifestyle and encourage a restful night sleep.

Now all that’s left to do is jump in your pyjamas and give them a go!
Happy snacking and sweet dreams!

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