11 Bedtime Snack Recipes for Weight Loss

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How to snack healthy and deliciously before bed!  

22-iss_9538_00591_leadWhen it comes to snacking before bed, there’s enough research to make you wonder if it’s healthy to eat anything before powering down for a good night’s sleep. We all know stress eating packs on the pounds but some research also connects late night noshing to disrupted, restless sleep – which can lead to overeating the next day. Yikes!

But the alternative is just as scary. Who can sleep while the Queens of Dogtown rock to Californication through your empty stomach? Not only will your sleep suffer, you’ll likely wake up hungry, which will totally mess up your eat-healthy-plan.

The solution? Reach for a low-calorie, sleep-friendly snack that will satisfy your hunger tonight without bloating you in the morning. Sounds perfect, right?

Belly up to the bedtime snack bar

String cheese22-sargento_logo

No recipe required! One serving delivers a delicious and balanced serving of protein and fat, the perfect   combo to leave you satisfied for a good night’s sleep.

 

 

Small bowl of rice22-iss_2419_01444_logo

Researchers say high glycemic index foods like rice can aid tryptophan and melatonin production, both of which are associated with better sleep. Unlike bread
and pasta, which can disrupt sleep.

Savory popcorn22-iss_7697_03543_logo 

At just 30 calories a bowl, popcorn is the unsung hero of late night snacking. Sprinkle on some paprika or cinnamon to give your metabolism a boost.

 

 

Mini turkey sandwich22-02b00347_logo

Load a thin slice of whole grain bread with a couple pieces of turkey and a pickle. Don’t forget the mustard.

 

 

Trail mix22-iss_1113_00854_logo

Stir in unsalted walnuts, almonds, cashews – whatever nuts you enjoy most – and mix with dried cranberries for a healthy, tasty treat.

 

Banana smoothie22-ing_18986_01681_logo

Blend milk and bananas and you’ve just gifted yourself with a healthy serving of magnesium and B6, which will help your brain produce serotonin 
(a relaxing neurotransmitter).

 

Cup of soup22-ing_42097_00257_logo

Warm food is comfort food, which is perfect for a bedtime snack. Pick an easy-to-digest soup (butternut squash or broth-based ones like chicken noodle) and avoid tough-to-digest lentil or bean soups.

 

Apples & peanut butter22-iss_4422_04226_logo

Crunch into a yummy apple slathered in peanut butter, which is rich in protein. You’ll fill up without feeling like you just ate a 4th meal of the day.

 

 

Non-fat chocolate pudding22-iss_2042_01338_logo

Chocolate is always appropriate and at approx. 90 calories per serving you’ll enjoy the party in your mouth –
without any guilt.

 

Cereal22-iss_5130_03673_logo

Grab a whole grain or bran cereal and enjoy a healthy, satisfying snack that’s low in sugar. For a delicious twist, enjoy your cereal with low-fat Greek yogurt that’s super-high in protein.

 

½ ounce of your favorite cheese and a cracker22-iss_3225_00331_logo

Cheese is high in fat but it’s also a good source of protein and can fill you up without making you feel over-full. Pair with a whole grain cracker for some added crunch.

 

 

 

There’s nothing wrong with a bedtime snack to cure your munchies but stick to these healthy, simple snacks and you’ll catch some zzz’s without the extra calories.

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Julia Rosien

As the Brand Director for Restonic, I’m delighted to welcome you to our online world of supporting dreams, one mattress at a time. When I’m not chatting about all things sleep, I serve on various boards of directors, including the Better Sleep Council of the United States and am the past president and chair for Withit.org, a non-profit women's leadership organization.

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