Healthy Bedtime Snacks: Top 5
So what’s the real deal on late night snacking?
We’ve all heard people say that eating after dinner is a bad idea for dieting and weight loss. Some even adopt rules about no eating after 7 or 8 PM.
The truth is, this is a myth. When it comes down to it, snacking can help keep your metabolism up, even at night, meaning you’ll keep burning calories longer.
Having a bedtime snack can also help avoid waking up extra hungry.
So what’s the trick?
The trick is choosing the right healthy bedtime snack. If your bedtime snacks include sugary candy bars, cookies, or chips, then you’re definitely not on the path to weight loss.
Like any other meal, and even more importantly before bed, you need to put healthy nutrition first. This means healthy carbs like veggies or whole grains, protein, and low fat and sugar content. The only problem with bedtime snacking is that you’re not going to do much to burn off the calories – you’ll be sleeping!
It’s also a good idea to avoid spicy foods, citrus fruits, or other foods like tomato sauce that can cause indigestion or heartburn. In addition to being higher in calories, fatty foods can actually interfere with your sleep by being harder on your digestion.
And of course, the golden rule for snacking: small portion sizes. I’d recommend aiming for 200-300 calories at most for bedtime snacks.
So, who wants some healthy bedtime snack ideas? Keep reading for my Top 5 suggestions!