Forget what you heard before, it turns out, it actually is okay to eat before bed. Registered dietitian Lisa Hayim explains, “Enjoying a small and nutritious snack could help you fall and stay asleep by stabilizing blood sugar levels.” Just make sure you avoid anything greasy, fried, caffeinated, or full of sugar, and if you need some inspiration for your healthy bedtime snack, check out these suggestions from nutritionists.
- Carbs - They help stabilize blood sugar and could potentially help you sleep better, but don’t overdo it and try to pair carbs with healthy fat and protein. An apple with peanut butter or avocado toast makes a great bedtime snacks.
- Greek yogurt - It’s got a great balance of carbs and protein to keep you full and just enough sweetness to satisfy a sweet tooth.
- Oatmeal with raisins and almonds - It’s packed with slow releasing carbs, perfect to help you get a solid night’s sleep. And don’t forget to add a little cinnamon, too.
- Popcorn - It’s a whole grain with fiber, just get the unflavored variety and add your own spices to keep it healthy and make it taste good.
- Raw unsalted pumpkin seeds - These contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost serotonin and can make you sleepy, plus they’re high in monounsaturated fats and have nutrients like copper, zinc and magnesium.
- Salted watermelon - Might sound crazy, but a dash of salt brings out the sweetness of the melon. Plus, it’s low in calories and has lots of water to keep you hydrated while you’re asleep.
Source: Cooking Light