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Eating a light meal at dinner time has its benefits – after all, those who opt for larger meals first thing in the morning tend to sleep better at night and focus more acutely during the day. But even with these facts in mind, it’s hard to ignore the rumbling stomach as you prepare for bed. Thankfully, there are plenty of light snacks that will actually help ease you gently into sleep and help you maintain healthy body weight. Here are a few:

  1. Mixed Nuts

Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain melatonin-boosting attributes that help encourage healthy sleep and regulate your body’s internal clock. Almonds are especially beneficial due to the presence of magnesium (which helps relax and soothe muscles) and tryptophan, which can promote healthy sleep.

  1. Fruit Smoothies

Fruits like cherries and bananas are great ingredients for a late-night smoothie. Cherries contain melatonin, which is a huge, natural boost to a great night’s sleep, whereas bananas contain calcium, vitamin D, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6 – all essential to producing healthy serotonin.

  1. Soup

A warm cup of soup isn’t just good for the soul – it’s good for your body’s sleep cycle and overall wellness. Warm liquid satisfies hunger while being light on your digestive system. Keeping a few ready-to-heat containers of soup on hand will help you make better healthy eating choices later at night.

  1. Cottage Cheese

A small bowl of cottage cheese paired with nuts, fresh fruits, or cinnamon isn’t just delicious, it’s good for those who may suffer from late-night heartburn or acid reflux for those who are non-intolerant to lactose or dairy products.

  1. Tea

,  A good cup of chamomile or antioxidant-rich tea such as Rooibos, before bedtime can help promote restful, lasting sleep. Add a bit of honey and/or almond/coconut milk to enjoy before you drift off to sleep.

  1. Cheese and Fruit with Crackers

Choosing to mix calcium-rich cheese (or even the aforementioned calcium and protein-plenty cottage cheese) with fresh fruit and high fiber crackers can help satiate your hunger and encourage your body to regulate neurotransmitters and help you sleep better as a result.

  1. Eggs

In certain instances, eggs are a great way to satisfy cravings and hunger pangs with protein-rich goodness. Add some fresh slices of tomato and you’ve got healthy carbs to go along with your light late-night snack.

For more tips on improving sleep or making better dietary decisions, contact Naturkur Wellness Center in Seattle today.