Make the Perfect, Healthy Bedtime Snack
It’s midnight, and you’re starving. We’ve all been there before, torn because your stomach is hungry for a fatty snack while your brain is saying that you don’t need it. Look at this list of healthy options to eat before bed, guaranteed to make your brain and stomach agree.
Health Benefits: ½ Cup is only in the range of 80-90 Calories, and it contains Casein Proteins and Amino Acids
How It Helps You Sleep: Cottage Cheese is one of the best foods for your body before bed. The Casein Protein releases over time, and leaves you feeling full. The Amino Acids work to build and repair muscle overnight.
Health Benefits: 1 tablespoon is only about 95-100 Calories. While not the most filling, this can help satisfy a craving for something fatty while still being healthy and low calorie
How It Helps You Sleep: Peanut Butter helps slow digestions, and similarly to cottage cheese will reduce future hunger throughout the night
Health Benefits: 8 Oz is about 130 calories, and you get a serving of fruit while you’re at it!
How It Helps You Sleep: Cherry Juice contains Melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel tired and can help ease you into sleep
Health Benefits: 1 Banana is about 80 calories, and is a good source of carbohydrates
How it Helps You Sleep: The potassium in Bananas helps activate melatonin boosters in your body, and like Cherry Juice, can help ease you to sleep
Nuts – Almonds, Walnuts and Pistachios
Health Benefits: Almonds are highest in calcium of all nuts and can help to lower cholesterol. Walnuts are high in omega 3 fats and antioxidants which is good for your heart. Pistachios contain vitamin K and potassium than other nuts, they are lower in calories. Be sure to eat a handful before bed only, as too high of a calorie count can have a reverse effect.
How it Helps You Sleep: Almonds contain both magnesium and tryptophan, both which help relax your muscle and nervous systems; Walnuts are packed with melatonin; Pistachios are filled with protein, B6 and magnesium.
Health Benefits: A great overall snack, sweet potatoes have it all. The calories are low, and it’s versatile nature makes it tasty however it’s cooked, all while being better for you than regular potatoes in many ways.
How it Helps You Sleep: Sweet Potatoes contain both complex carbohydrates and potassium, both of which help induce sleep
- Mattress Warehouse