Eating the right bedtime foods will help you fall asleep quicker, build lean muscle while you snooze and keep you satisfied all night long to avoid morning hunger and next-day junk food cravings.
Here are some nutrient-packed snacks to benefit your body before bedtime:
Greek yogurt – High in protein and low in sugar to help build lean muscle and burn fat.
Cherries – Satisfy your sweet tooth while receiving a natural source of melatonin and antioxidants.
Peanut Butter on whole grain bread – Get better sleep with amino acids, B vitamins and plant-based protein that builds muscle and blasts belly fat.
Protein shake – If you hit the gym before bed, having protein helps build lean muscles by assisting the protein synthesis process.
Cottage cheese – Contains casein protein, a protein that releases slowly to repair muscles and keep you full all-night long. Tryptophan found in cottage cheese also helps you fall asleep.
Turkey – Perfect combo of sleep inducing tryptophan and muscle building protein.
Banana – Squash late-night sugar cravings while benefiting from tryptophan and fiber to help you fall asleep and satisfy hunger.
Chocolate milk – Choose a brand without high fructose corn syrup or too much added sugar, and reap the benefits of protein, calcium and tryptophan before bed.
Kefir – Probiotics help your gut and de-bloat your stomach. Also, a great source of calcium and tryptophan.
Almonds – Contain 5 grams of protein per serving to repair muscles. The fat-burning super food also has fiber to satisfy hunger.
High fiber cereal – Keeps you full while melting fat.
String cheese – Low-calorie combo of fat and protein.
Stiehl, Christina. 2017. 12 Best Bedtime Foods for Weight Loss. March 10. Accessed July 12, 2018. https://www.eatthis.com/bedtime-foods-weight-loss/.
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