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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."

helpguide.org/life/sleep
_tips.htm
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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AMYHOLLIDAY 1/13/2012 9:16PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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PLATINUM755 3/18/2011 9:17PM

    Great blog! I never believed the saying that you shouldn't have a bedtime snack, and I try to keep it healthy. With the info about tryptophan in bananas, I might have to start making that an evening fruit instead of the morning. Good suggestions and info. Thanx!



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CATHY629 3/16/2011 8:51AM

    I always have a cup of tea and a slice of wholemeal toast with a low fat spread every night.

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SUZIEQ341 3/16/2011 8:38AM

    This is great! I'm always hearing to not eat after dinner and if I do, make it a protein choice. The weird thing is, I'm always craving a little something carb at night not protein. Awesome article!!

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JOANNS4 3/16/2011 8:22AM

    emoticon yes!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/16/2011 12:45AM

    I always have an evening snack around 8PM, it's always some kind of whole grain with a veggie. Great snacks you have there I will give them a try. Thanks for sharing!

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DEE107 3/15/2011 10:40PM

    thanks for sharing

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EGRAMMY 3/15/2011 9:57PM

    emoticon Your blogs are amazing. Thank you

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OURELEE1 3/15/2011 9:25PM

  Thanks-I enjoy reading your blogs.

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