Nocturnal Noshing: 6 Snacks You Can Eat Before Bed
Inexperienced dieters commonly believe anything consumed in the hours right before bed goes directly to body fat stores. Sounds like a nightmare for your physique! The real nightmare is that they end up going to bed hungry, wake up with minimal energy, and wonder why they feel like crap despite being disciplined.
Wake up! Your metabolism never fully shuts down, even overnight. Eating too many calories or bad foods before bed adds fat to your frame, but not all nocturnal noshing begets extra body fat.
The trick is to be smart before sleep time. If you snack late, make room for the extra calories earlier in the day to obey your target calorie limit. Choose foods which fuel muscles, keep hunger levels low, and promote stable blood glucose levels … so your brain doesn't wake up your body.
1 Cottage Cheese With Natural Peanut Butter
Adding natural peanut butter to this snack increases digestion time, enhancing the snack's ability to control hunger.
Keep the peanut butter to a tablespoon or less to avoid heavy calories!
2 Salmon Salmon
Salmon is a perfect pre-bed food source because it's high in protein content and contains healthy omega fats. Many people fall short in omega fat content. This goes a long way to supporting your overall health!
3 Greek Yogurt With Flaxseeds
Together, these deliver a steady dose of fiber, protein and omega fats!
4 Low-Fat Cheese With Raw Veggies
If you crave cheese, this is your pre-bed meal. Regular cheese is high in saturated fat, so opt for a reduced-fat variety with a healthy dose of protein.
5 Canned Tuna With Olive Oil
Tuna is a great option for people wanting minimal prep work. Canned tuna packed in water is fat free, so it's important to add healthy fats to boost the staying power overnight.
6 A Casein Protein Shake With Coconut Oil
Most casein shakes are low in fat. To overcome this, add fats by stirring in a tablespoon of coconut oil, which provides heart-healthy medium-chain triglycerides.
This snack contains approximately 200 calories and helps repair muscle overnight.
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Cottage cheese with Peanut Butter is my favorite bedtime snack, but I take it one step further. In the SE we have something called Naturally More Peanut butter. It's basically natural peanut butter, egg whites, flax seed and flax seed oil mixed up. It has slightly more protein, less carbs, less saturated fat, and much more Omega fats than regular peanut butter and for some reason it just tastes 100x better when mixed with Cottage cheese (probably due to the slight sweetness of the flax seed oil). On the west coast, an equivalent brand is Power PB High protein. Hope you like!
Would be nice to have some vegan options in the list too ;)
- soy or pea protein shake (with soy milk or oat milk) and coconut oil
- raw veggis plus flax seeds or flax oil, or some peanut butter
- raw tofu on a thin slice of whole wheat bread
Nice ideas! Hadn't thought about greek yogurt despite being a fan oddly enough...
Can't get my head around the coconut oil with the casein, as far as I'm aware it's pretty loaded with saturated fats, I was even told that it's one of the worst vegetal oils together with palm oil as fat quality goes!