If you are a night time snacker, you know what it’s like to crave food before bedtime and you probably know it’s not the best thing to do if you are trying to lose weight. There are a few things to consider when you are night snacking.
It’s been found that if you eat right before bed it can make your sleep a lot more restless and can set you up for fatigue as well as binging the next day. Late night eating is also associated with stress eating, which leads to over indulging in high fat comfort foods.
But there are just times when your stomach really needs to be fed and it’s interrupting your sleep time. Your sleep quality will also suffer if you don’t feed it, so here are some low-calorie, sleep-inducing snacks that will keep you from feeling bloated in the morning.
A bowl of cereal
We’re not talking about a bowl full of sugary cereal, instead you want to go for the whole-grain, complex carb kind of cereal. This way it will be easier for you to digest and gives you 200 calories or less per bowl. Milk will add a little protein and extra tryptophan which will make you feel drowsy.
This snack may be processed but it has filling protein and fat that will keep you satiated. It only has 80 calories and has tryptophan which will help you sleep.
Bananas are loaded with fiber and tryptophan and are perfect for late-night snacking.
Two slices white meat turkey
Turkey is loaded with tryptophan which is very sleep inducing, if you haven’t noticed by now after all those years of stuffing your face with turkey at Thanksgiving. This is also a low-fat, high quality protein that won’t run you more than 100 calories.
Nonfat Chocolate pudding cup
Have a chocolate addiction? You’ll like this one. This snack does not contain the fat that can sit in your belly all night and one serving pack provides you with 90 calories only.
An apple with a spoonful of peanut butter
Apples will provide you with lots of fiber and peanut butter has a lot of protein to keep you feeling full.