By: CVPH Wellness & Fitness Center
Bedtime Foods for Weight Loss
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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