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February 5, 2015 By

Angelika Christie

BEDTIME SNACKING

If you like to have your last meal of the day early, you might feel hungry later at night. Most people shy away from eating anything right before bedtime, because they have heard that this will surely be stored as unwanted body-fat.

Sounds like a nightmare!

 The real nightmare is going to bed hungry, not get proper sleep and wake up feeling tired with low energy.

In reality, your metabolism doesn’t shut down even while you are sleeping. Isn’t it nice to know that you can snack before bedtime without putting on that extra fat provided you choose the right kind of Snack?

Here are some ‘Snacking Rules:’

It is essential that you choose the right kind of snack because snacks like cookies and ice cream lead to serious weight gain. Also make sure that you are not eating your dinner too late, like within 3 hours before bedtime.

Your snack should contain less than 150-200 calories. Choose a snack that fits into your calorie target, fuels muscle, satisfies your hunger and promotes stable blood glucose levels.

Here are some snacking ideas:

  1. Cottage cheese with peanut butter: Cottage cheese is a great source of casein protein that ensures steady supply of amino acids to your body.
  2. Peanut Butter on the other hand helps curb hunger because of the high fat/oil content. Therefore you should make sure, you are not having more than a tablespoon of peanut butter
  3. Popcorn without butter
  4. Greek yogurt with flaxseeds: It provides calcium, protein and omega fats to your body.
  5. Hummus and Veggies/ pita (below 200 calories)
  6. Wasa or Ezekiel slice of toasted bread with Almond butter: It is a great source of protein and carbs.
  7. ½ cup whole grain cereal with ½ cup Almond or Coconut milk (below 200 calories): Source of protein and carbs that increases sleep inducing serotonin levels.
  8. Salmon: Salmon is a fatty cold water fish and a perfect Source of protein and omega fats.
  9. Fresh Goat cheese: If you crave cheese, goat cheese would be perfectly fine with green veggies like celery, broccoli and cucumbers.

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