Late Night Snacks That Won't Give You Nightmares
Late night snacking isn't ideal, especially if you're watching your waistline. However, it's still a good idea not to go to bed hungry. According to theSleep Medicine Center in Pittsburgh, low blood sugar before bed can prevent you from getting to sleep quickly and make it difficult to wake feeling your best.
The foods below are easy to digest, can be eaten in small portions and can be kept under 200 calories. Plus, they'll help curb your hunger craving until breakfast.
Fat-free yogurt has dietary protein, probiotics and beneficial nutrients. Avoid brands that are too sugary.
Chicken and turkey meat digest slowly, have very low insulin release and contain glucagon to aid the body in breaking down stored carbohydrates and fat for energy. Avoid red meat.
Cottage cheese is digested slowly and also contains protein. Keep it plain and sugar-free, but feel free to mix in a few berries or other fruit.
Whole wheat crackers with some cheese or apple slices may just be enough to satisfy you until breakfast.
Vegetables like cucumber, carrots and broccoli are filling, low in calories and provide complex carbohydrates that break down slowly so you feel full. Dip them in hummus, which contains B6 for melatonin production.
Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium, natural muscle relaxants that can help you sleep.
As always, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about finding the best dietary options that work for you.
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