June 20, 2022
5 Good Foods to Eat Around Bedtime to Help With Weight Loss
One of the biggest things that will derail a good diet is snacking before bed. Doing so usually consists of salty snacks or sweet desserts like cookies or ice cream, and eating those high-fat, high-calorie foods before bed are awful for your system that’s about to slow down as it prepares for sleep.
But there are ways to enjoy a late-night snack without compromising your health.
Centers Health Care has a list of five foods that you’ll want to put on your late-night menu without having to feel guilty about it.
- Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in sugar—as long as you get the plain variety and not a flavored one. The protein will help you feel full and also help burn fat and repair muscle while you sleep.
Cherries have natural sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth but also are full of antioxidants that cut inflammation and can help you lose weight. Cherries are also a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that the body produces at night to help regulate your sleep patterns.
We’ve all heard that turkey makes you sleepy, which is why a nap after Thanksgiving dinner is so common. Tryptophan is what’s in turkey that makes you sleepy, and that will help lull you into a restful sleep while the protein goes to work in your body.
Bananas, while being packed with other vitamins and minerals, contains tryptophan as well and also is high in fiber to help you feel full after a healthy snack.
- Peanut Butter
Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast or crackers is a healthy, savory snack before bed. Just make sure it’s natural peanut butter and doesn’t have any additives like extra sugar.