Does it ever happen to you that despite eating a healthy, filling dinner you still experience intense hunger while sleeping? Then you head out to the fridge in a hurry and eat anything you get your hands on just to ease the pain. Many people experience this but nighttime snacking could be one of the main reasons for gaining weight fast.
The most common scenario for most people is that they find it tiring to cook and clean dishes after a long day at work, so in the evening they are most likely to eat a processed packaged food and enjoy a couple of servings, sometimes more. And even though snacking at night every now and then won’t cause significant weight gain, doing it consistently most certainly will.
So, instead of doing that, why not try to do these very easy to prepare bedtime snacks that will help you burn more fat and get some quality sleep as well.
Cherry protein shake
Make yourself a delicious nighttime snack in the form of a protein shake with a cherry on top or mixed into a smoothie. Besides having a great amount of dietary fiber which is a very satiating fat-burning nutrient that will keep you full for hours, cherries are also one of the best sources of the sleep hormone, melatonin.
This hormone maintains the body’s internal clock also known as a circadian rhythm, which means maintaining healthy melatonin levels is crucial to getting quality sleep. Mixing cherries with whey protein will also help you lose weight because protein elevates the metabolism.
Mix a half cup of tart cherry juice which you can find at almost any health food store, with unsweetened coconut, almond or non-fat milk, a cup of frozen cherries and a scoop of your favorite whey protein powder, and you get an excellent fat-burning shake that will also help you sleep well. Do not forget to clean the blender as soon as possible once you’re done and that’s it, you’ve got yourself a very fast healthy snack.
Turkey and pickle wraps
You can make a delicious wrap with turkey slices and pickles without spending many hours as you would making a turkey dinner. Turkey is filled with protein which will aid you in your fat loss and is at the same time a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid with mind-relaxing characteristics which can help you sleep better.
The pickles will add flavor and make the snack more satiating without adding a significant number of calories which is one of the main things you should look out for when trying to lose weight. Take 2 or 3 slices of nitrate-free, low-sodium turkey and wrap each of the slices around a dill pickle and start eating, with no cooking whatsoever.
Oatmeal and walnuts
A small portion of oatmeal with some walnuts added takes the meaning of the phrase “breakfast for dinner” to a whole new level. Walnuts, like cherries, contain melatonin which helps with sleep. They are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat which decreases inflammation and may treat or prevent obesity.
Adding walnuts to the oatmeal means you will have a snack that is filled with lots of healthy complex carbs, which will support an active lifestyle with a regular fitness program and help the brain absorb and use tryptophan, which induces a drowsy feeling.
Oatmeal also contains high-quality fiber, which fills up the stomach and keeps you satiated longer. You can avoid ingesting too many calories by eating small portions, around 1/4 of raw oats to make the oatmeal, and add 3 or 4 walnut halves, by first chopping them. If you think it isn’t sweet enough, add stevia, it has a low number of calories.
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