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In an ideal situation, we would eat a healthy dinner, followed by something small and sweet. Then in a few hours, we would sleep all night. But the reality is different. We stay up later, eat a small dinner or are hungry without reason, and crave a bedtime snack.
If you know that going without a bedtime snack will make your stomach rumble, consider the following healthy snacks.
A rumbling stomach at night is an indication that you need more calories and nutrients. So, aim to eat foods that give you better nutrition.
Walnuts are a good option as it is full of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B, protein and heart-healthy fats like omega-3s. It can also prevent Type 2 diabetes and other cardiometabolic diseases.
Bananas contain potassium, which is a natural muscle relaxant and can help you fall asleep. They also contain tryptophan, which can aid in a restful night's sleep.
Bananas contain natural sugar that have less effects on your blood sugar than refined sugars.
Nuts contain blood-stabilizing proteins and healthy fats. The dark chocolate is just a good amount of sweet.
Dark chocolate does contain some caffeine and may affect you. But if you know your sleep won't be affected, a handful of dark chocolate-covered nuts may be a good option.
Having something carb-based, protein-based, and fat-based before bed helps to stabilise the blood sugar and keeps your body from waking during the night.
Greek yoghurt with almonds and berries has a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. The carbs are in the berries and yoghurt, the protein is in the yoghurt, and the fat is in the almonds.
Peanut butter has protein and fat, and rice cakes have carbs.
That trio combination is great for keeping blood sugar balanced throughout the night.
Consuming sufficient amounts of calories can help to prevent getting hungry before bed.
Don't wait until dinner to eat two-thirds of your food. Instead, aim to eat 30 grams of protein at your main meals and three to five servings of cruciferous or high-fibre vegetables at lunch and dinner.
If we don't consider our nutritional inventory for the day, we may experience hunger at bedtime if the body feels undernourished.
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