Everyone enjoys a late-night snack before bed every once in a while. A healthy snack with plenty of carbs such as apples and crackers can even help you get a good night’s sleep. And yet, there are some foods you should definitely avoid late at night. Here are just a few foods you want to avoid if you like cooking up homemade snacks before bed.
Spicy foods aren’t usually what come to mind when people think about late-night snacking, and for good reason. They can irritate your stomach and make it harder to fall asleep, especially if you’re already prone to heartburn.
Greasy or Fatty Foods
Greasy or heavy foods make you feel sluggish in the morning if you eat them right before going to bed, and they force your stomach to work harder to digest your food while you sleep. Not only will this make your night a little less restful, but it could cause you to gain weight if you’re eating foods like nuts, cheese and fast food right before your bedtime. Stick to something lighter that won’t feel like it’s weighing you down while you’re falling asleep.
Red meat may fit right into your paleo diet, but it isn’t good to eat before going to bed. Like greasy and fatty foods, your stomach has to work harder to digest red meat. If you must have some protein befor bedtime, eat a cup of yogurt or a deli-sliced turkey breast. Otherwise, stick to a vegetarian snack instead.
Too Many Carbs and Sugar
Eating sugary foods or a bowl of cereal late at night causes your blood-sugar levels to spike, which in turn will make your energy level rise and fall. This will definitely disrupt your sleep, so stay away from candy, cake, cookies and boxed cereals when it starts to get late.
Any Large Portions
Some of the aspiring chefs reading this may have been tempted to cook a large meal once or twice when they’ve felt hungry late at night. Your metabolism goes down when you fall asleep, so making a habit out of eating late-night meals will cause you to gain weight if it goes unchecked for too long. Instead of cooking large portions when you’re feeling hungry at night, try to keep your snacks under 200 calories and save the larger portions for breakfast. You’ll get a better night’s sleep, and you’ll definitely feel better in the morning.
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