5 Snacks you Can Have Before Bed and Still Lose Weight
If you’re the type to have hunger pangs right before bed, then this one's for you. Maybe you ate dinner too early (silly billy), or you’re awake later than you expected, either way you know these hunger pains should be ignored. Nek Minnit you’re rummaging through the fridge to settle your stomach, which is a nightmare situation if you’re trying to lose weight. Thankfully, there’s some snacks you can have before bed that will curb your late night cravings ΑND keep your kilos at bay. Here are five snacks you can have before bed for those midnight munchies.
So there’s movie popcorn that’s butter-drenched (and/or sugar-ladened), and then there is the healthy kind of popcorn that’s air-popped to perfection. Obviously, we’re referring to the latter. In fact, air-popped popcorn is conveniently low-calories, at around 122 calories for a 30g portion. Bonus: it’s also low in fat, high in fibre which supports good digestive health and makes a great alternative to potato chips! We recommend making popcorn at home using kernels for the healthiest option. If you opt for pre-made varieties, the plainer the better.
We know carrots improve your eyesight, and even help you see in the dark #truestory, but carrots are also a perfect bedtime snack. Munching on some baby veggies before bed can actually satisfy your late night cravings. Carrots, in general (baby or not), are a great source of dietary fibre, vitamin A and potassium. They also contain alpha-carotene which is believed to have a positive impact on sleep. Why baby carrots? Well, put simply - they’re crunchier than “adult” carrots, giving your senses a heightened satisfaction.
Who doesn’t love yoghurt, especially Greek yoghurt! Yoghurt is a great source of calcium, which conveniently enough has been linked to improved sleep when eaten before bed. Yoghurt is also a great source of protein, which helps curb your hunger pangs. Greek yoghurt in particular, is rich in casein protein, which when consumed at night can reduce hunger in the morning. Look for yoghurt that is fat-free and probiotic-rich for maximum health benefits!
Crackers with Hummus
Before you think we’ve gone bonkers, hear us out. Munching on wholegrain (we said wholegrain, folks) crackers and hummus are a bedtime snack of dreams. The chickpeas in hummus contain amino acid tryptophan, which gets turned into serotonin and converted into melatonin, aiding the perfect snooze. The fibre and protein from the chickpeas, plus the carbohydrates in the crackers are the complete recipe for keeping you full and helping you sleep like a little baby. P.S. Don’t overdo the crackers either, 2 crackers max people.
Look, we get it. Cottage cheese ain’t to everyone’s taste, but a natural protein-rich snack like cottage cheese fills you up without the added fat. Eating 30g of cottage cheese before bed can have a positive effect on muscle recovery, metabolism and your overall health. Cottage cheese is low in fat, but also contains the essential amino acid tryptophan (like chickpeas), meaning it not only calms the nervous system, but it’ll help you fall asleep easier. Don’t believe us? Go on, try it!