What Is OK To Eat At Bedtime

I have always heard to not eat at bedtime and usually not after 7 p.m.  While that seems like a good plan, people go to bed at different times and get up at different times so that may be to specific a cutoff hour to eat.  Something else I know for sure is that if you (like I do sometimes) get hungry during the night, you wake up and cannot get back to sleep.  That can cause middle of the night snacking or just sleeplessness if you avoid getting up to get some food.

Lack of sleep can also inhibit your ability to lose weight and is overall bad for your health.  So the question is …. If you need a bedtime snack what should you eat and what should you NOT eat?

First of all, you should avoid carbs that will cause an increase in insulin and shut off your fat burning hormones.  In the evening, your metabolism begins to slow down and carbs are more easily stored as fat.   Red meat and oily fish are also not the best idea for pre-bedtime snacks.  There are better choices available.  White meat proteins are a much better idea for late-night snacking because they digest more slowly and produce a lower insulin response.

Other good proteins for bedtime snacks are cottage cheese, nuts and nut butters, and casein protein as these digest slowly keeping you feeling full much longer creating an environment for a good night’s sleep.

Try this great bedtime idea from Josh and Joel at BioTrust Nutrition.  I loved it!

­­Creamy Vanilla Almond Butter Milkshake

Ingredients

2 Scoops of Vanilla BioTrust Low Carb (rich in casein)
1/4 cup of cottage cheese (also rich in casein)
8 oz of unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
4 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender, mix & enjoy!

This incredibly delicious milkshake follows all 3 “rules” given above.  It’s rich in casein (a very slow digesting protein), contains healthy fats, and is low in carbs.

Stay healthy and Sleep well!

Judy

Healthy Ideas for Abundant Energy and Better Sleep!

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