Healthy Midnight Munchies
Carrots, celery, lettuce and other favored bunny bites are high in fiber and low in calories. Eat them alone or dipped in a little bit of hummus or peanut butter for a nutritional experience with all the carbs, protein, water, and fiber you may need.
If you have trouble sleeping, slip in some high glycemic index carbs before you sleep between the sheets. Potatoes, rice, whole wheat toast; basically all the things that seem counter intuitive to eat before bed are actually some of the best! Your blood sugar level and the amounts of tryptophan in your body should help your slumber be restful.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
With dried fruit. Sorry, no cookies or ice cream. O’neill explains:
Their natural sweetness will tame your bedtime sweet tooth, and the fiber, potassium and magnesium will gently aid your digestive health.
Hello, Almonds! Unsalted almonds are like little nuggets of perfect nutrition with plenty of magnesium and B vitamins to increase your happy juice, serotonin. And because we all know quantity is sometimes better than quality (and with almonds you get both), 22 almonds is only about 100 calories. That’s two fistfuls!
Stir It Up
Be a smooth operator with a protein packed smoothie. Almond milk, protein powder, a banana; it’s almost like ice cream but dramatically healthier!
Act Like a Kid
Milk it. Ever seen a baby after it’s been fed? Warm or cold, milk is like nature’s sedative:
“A glass of milk can help you sleep better because of the calcium content — which relaxes muscles — and increases the amount of tryptophan in the blood, which helps promote sleepiness.”
Pinch of Protein
Del-Taco burritos don’t count. Protein makes you feel much fuller than carbohydrates plus it revs up your metabolism while you sleep. So if you feel like working out a little while counting sheep, make an egg white omelet with a lean meat like turkey. And no, Jack In The Box doesn’t count either.
Some Bad Choices: High Fat, Sugary treats, and High Energy Drinks
These should be common sense. High fat is equal to high calorie. That modern myth of gaining weight from eating too late is primarily because of the poor, high-fat choices that people make. Sugary foods can raise your cortisol levels which can make it almost impossible to sleep. If you have nightmares or sweat sessions in your sleep, sometimes sugar is to blame. And high energy drinks. C’mon. We shouldn’t have to explain that one to you. You don’t really need energy to sleep.
Snack safe and snack smart. But most of all, happy snacking!
[Source: AOL Health]