Ever heard the theory that anything you eat before bed gets jettisoned directly to fat? The reality is that in a 24 hour period, calories in must equal calories out to maintain a healthy weight. Even if you jammed all your calories into a bedtime snack, you won’t gain weight any more than someone who spaced those calories out. As long as you made smart food choices, not salty or sweet and nutritionally empty – which will absolutely weigh you down.
But weight gain aside, what you eat before bed can disrupt your sleep. And disrupted sleep can lead to poor food choices the next day. See the problem? If sleep is more of an inconvenience than a chance to reenergize, the ultimate sleep-horrible-diet might be for you.
But even if you’ve maxed out your calorie count for the day, going to bed hungry isn’t the answer either. Your growling stomach may disrupt your sleep and you’ll wake up feeling fatigued and famished – which may lead to poor food choice early the next day.
Want some simple grab-and-go low-calorie snack choices?
If you’re hungry for a little something more, these healthy snack recipes (all under 100 calories) might be just what you’re looking for.
Sweet potatoes are a jam-packed with B-vitamins, which act as stress-defenders. And because they’re rich in complex carbs, they help regulate blood-sugar levels overnight.
A carb-rich snack that’s easy to prepare and a sweet treat before bed. Try it in the morning with French toast and blueberries. Delish!
With a sharp knife, remove rind and white pith from oranges.
Cut each into 5 or 6 slices and arrange on 4 plates.
Whisk together orange juice and lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over the orange slices. Recipe via EatingWell.com.
Turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that plays a role in the sleep-inducing process. This recipe is super simple and quick to make.
One party-style pumpernickel bread, 1/2 slice turkey breast, 1/4 slice Swiss cheese and a pickle. Recipe via Health.com.
Lissa Coffey from the Better Sleep Council offers even more foods to enjoy that will keep the waistline in check and protect your sleep. Enjoy the delish surprises on the list!
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