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31 Days to a Healthier Diet - Mar. 15th - Have a Bedtime Snack

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today's tip from SP's "31 Days to a Healthier Diet" is

"Eat a snack before bed. It's a myth that eating late causes weight gain. As long as you don't overeat, you can enjoy a snack close to bedtime without worry."

tells us that,
"A light snack before bed can help promote sleep. When you pair tryptophan-containing foods with carbohydrates, it helps calm the brain and allows you to sleep better. For even better sleep, try adding extra calcium to your dinner or nighttime snack. Experiment with your food habits to determine your optimum evening meals and snacks. For a relaxing bedtime snack, try:

- Half a turkey or peanut butter sandwich (keep protein portion small)
- A small bowl of wholegrain, low-sugar cereal
- Granola with low-fat milk or yogurt
- A banana and a cup of hot chamomile tea"

Note: Dairy, oats, honey, and bananas are particularly good carbohydrate sources of tryptophan.

Other good bedtime snacks are:

- A bit of cheese with whole wheat crackers.
- Warm skim milk with a few "healthy" cookies (oatmeal raisin is a good choice.)

The key is to keep your bedtime snack small to prevent heartburn and avoid anything that is too sugary, spicy or has caffeine in it and that includes even decaffeinated coffee and chocolate.

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