High Protein, Sleep-Positive Bedtime Snack Options
In the quest to drop weight, the first stop many people make is cutting out nighttime snacks. This likely starts with the idea that eating large meals right before you go to sleep promotes fat build up. The truth, however, is that a small snack rich in nutrients and proteins can actually help you sleep better and lose weight. According to some research, in fact, a pre-slumber snack may even offer further health benefits, boosting metabolism, helping with muscle recovery and decreasing morning hunger.
It seems the best approach is to combine high-protein foods with food that promotes sleep. Cottage cheese, chia seeds and almond butter bring the protein quotient, while tart cherries or kiwis have been shown to promote a good night’s sleep, as well as bananas and granadilla.
So, today, we thought we’d take a look at five awesome bedtime snack ideas featuring at least 10 grams of protein and sleep-supporting ingredients:
No-Bake Cherry Vanilla Protein Bar
Blend one cup of oats, ⅓ cup of ground flaxseed, ⅓ cup of shredded, unsweetened coconut, and 3 scoops of vegan vanilla protein powder into a powder. Add ½ cup of almond butter, ¼ cup of pure maple syrup, 1 tbsp almond milk and 1 tbsp vanilla and mix well, before folding in 1/3 cup dried cherries. Line a greased tray with the mixture, refrigerate and cut into bars for a tart, delicious bedtime snack.
Cottage Cheese Bowl With Passion Fruit & Almonds
Preheat your oven to 350°F before adding a lined baking sheet with ½ cup of passion fruit, ¼ cup oats, ¼ cup almond slices, 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, 2 teaspoons maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon, mixed. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at the 15 minute mark, and then allowing to cool for 5 minutes. Add a cup of cottage cheese and transfer mixture to a bowl. If your cottage cheese isn’t sweet enough, you can add extra maple syrup.
Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
Combine 1 scoop of strawberry protein powder, 2 tbsp fat free cheesecake pudding mix, ½ cup of strawberries, 8 oz unsweetened almond milk and a cup of ice in a blender. Add milk or ice to taste.
Kiwi Mango Chia Seed Pudding
Combine 1 oz of chia seeds, 2 tsp maple syrup or a few drops of Stevia, and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk and whisk thoroughly. Refrigerate until thickened. Add 1/2 cup of sliced, peeled mango and a sliced kiwi, and serve in a serving glass on top of 2 tsp hemp seeds and 6 oz mango yogurt.
Apple Slices With Peanut Butter Dip
Mix 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of brown sugar, 8 ounces of cream cheese, and ¼ cup of milk until smooth. Refrigerate dip until well chilled, and serve with one sliced apple.
And there you are: five great high-protein bedtime snack options for a well-rounded diet. For more awesome fitness tips for healthier living, visit Journey Fitness Center or check out one of our awesome blog posts today!