Re-thinking the Pre-Bedtime Snack

What you ingest at night just might make or break you the next morning.

I used to think that only applied to Jaeger bombs and lemon drops, but I think just might go for anything.

A couple weeks ago, I was having a hell of a time getting up in the morning. No matter what time I went to bed, I could not pull myself out from under the covers. I blamed it on the darkness. I blamed it on the weather. I even blamed it on the dog for hogging the blankets.

Then, during a moment of profound contemplation, I began to think through what I ate throughout the day. I’m a big proponent for eating every 2-3 hours. Even if that means you’re eating an hour before going to bed.

Before you eat in the morning, you’ve essentially been fasting for 8 hours. If the last time you eat is at 6 or 7, you’re going for 12 hours without food! For those of you who skip breakfast (shame on you), you could go for 17 hours!

Your body needs nutrients. Feed it. Even if it means eating before going to bed. (Caveat: Don’t eat a huge meal of course. A light snack will do. Unless you like to toss and turn and have psychedelic dreams.)

Anyway, I usually eat dinner around 7, and then go to bed around midnight. That’s 5 hours. Obviously I need another meal or snack in there. I had been lazy, so I had been snacking on multi-grain crackers before going to bed.

Hm, maybe what I’m eating could be making it hard for me to get up, I thought.

I’d always heard that eating starchy carbs before going to bed might affect your sleep. It makes sense, I suppose. While you’re snoozing, you want something that will digest slowly. Starchy carbs digest rather quickly.

So I decided to change up my pre-bedtime snack to include a source of protein to slow down the digestion process. I’ve read that dairy is a great pre-bedtime snack because the casein protein in it digests slowly so it feeds your muscles while you sleep!

Here’s one of my favorite pre-bedtime snacks:

1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/3 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder (for an extra boost of protein)
touch of honey
1/2 tsp natural creamy peanut butter
some flax meal for crunch and fiber (to slow down the digestion process even more)

Be very mindful of the yogurt you get. Make sure it’s plain yogurt and has very little sugars in it. Mainstream yogurts like Danon and Yoplait have almost 20 grams in one serving, which usually come from added sweeteners and totally defeats the purpose. My favorite brand is Nancy’s. You can usually find it in the natural section of your grocery store.

Since changing up my pre-bedtime snack, I no longer feel like I got hit by a truck in the morning. I suppose that means I might be one of those “carb-sensitive” people.

Some people react to certain foods differently. Pay attention to what you eat at night and how it makes you feel in the morning. It could make a world of difference.

4 thoughts on “Re-thinking the Pre-Bedtime Snack

  1. Thanks Melanie! He just might! 🙂 Or if he’s anything like me, he’s been turned on to a healthy lifestyle because of you, so it hopefully feels natural to him now.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kristi! Give it a try, and let me know what you think. Some people have a hard time getting used to the taste of the protein powder in the yogurt. It’s an acquired taste for some.

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