Hey Midnight Snacker!
A lot of us just have to have one last thing to eat pretty close to bedtime. Many times I get asked are there better choices than others, or is the key to “just eat a little”. Certain choices are better than others. Just like any other time, when planning your meals and snacks, make sure you have things on hand for that late night case of the munchies!
The best options are going to have some protein, and zero, or very little carbs. A little bit of fat is okay, just make sure it is a healthy type of fat. Here is a list of just a few things that might be what you need, right before you turn in.
1. Protein shake.
You can either have vanilla, chocolate, or any flavor you like, as long as it is just protein and not a meal replacement shake. Right on the container, it will let you know. The best forms of protein for this time of night are either Whey, Casein, or a mixture of both.
Blend with water and ice, or milk, or a milk substitute and ice. Creamy, cool, sweet, and just enough.
2. Low fat Cottage Cheese.
Cottage cheese is a casein protein which means it takes a while to digest and keeps you full. If you aren’t craving something sweet, this might be a good choice. Top it off with a few sliced almonds, or pistachios.
3. Celery and Almond Butter.
Low carb, high protein and a good source of healthy fat.
4. Sliced turkey or chicken wrapped around sliced avocado.
Great source of protein again with a healthy fat that is loaded with nutrients and fiber.
5. Warm glass of fat free organic milk and melatonin supplements.
Warm milk is relaxing. Melatonin will relax and get your body and mind ready for bed. Melatonin is also a great supplement to keep you asleep so that your body can repair and rejuvenate so you are ready for the next days workout!
Midnight snacking is fine. Just stay away from processed carbs and sugar. Those WILL make you store fat, raise insulin, and sabotage your fat loss goals.
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