More than perhaps any other time of day, the right nighttime snack can be a godsend. Some will tell you that snacking at night will inevitably lead to weight gain, but as Bodybuilding.com science editor Krissy Kendal and Dymatize chief nutrition officer Robert Wildman explained in the article "10 Nutrition Myths Debunked," snacking at night isn't a problem in and of itself.
Snacking at night is fine, but as with any time of day, it's possible to make bad choices that jeopardize your results—and a good night's sleep. Avoid a late-night dietary no-no with these foods that will fuel your muscles, keep hunger low, and promote stable blood glucose levels.
Cottage Cheese with Natural Peanut Butter
Long considered a go-to nighttime nosh by many health enthusiasts, cottage cheese with natural peanut butter is a snacking no-brainer. Cottage cheese is ideal before bed because it includes lots of casein protein, which releases slowly into the body. This ensures a steady supply of amino acids throughout the night. Adding natural peanut butter to this snack increases digestion time, enhancing the snack's ability to control hunger. A teaspoon of peanut butter should do it!
Smoked Salmon or Cold Salmon Fillet
Salmon doesn't have to be hot; it's great cold, too! Salmon is a perfect bedtime food source because it's high in protein content and contains healthy omega fats. Many people fall short in omega-fat intake. Add salmon to a small salad for the perfect low-carb option before turning in.
Greek Yogurt With Flax or Chia Seeds
Like cottage cheese, Greek yogurt is high in protein and packs a calcium punch. Boost the healthy fat content of this low-fat snack with some flax or chia seeds. Together, these deliver a steady dose of fiber, protein and omega fats!
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