If you’ve ever gone to be and realised that you were actually too hungry to sleep then I have the best late night snack idea to help you lose weight.
When it comes to eating right before bed many people just aren’t sure what to eat. With so many articles and bloggers insisting carbs before bed is bad, it kinda makes it hard for us to decide on what is right to eat.
I have done some research and according to Tim Ferris, who is famous for the book 4 hr body, which is backed by scientific studies and research, he suggests eating fats before bed to help you sleep better and also to help decreases you sugar and carb cravings for the morning after. As a result you eat fewer carbs overall the next day, which results in your body storing less fat.
On the other hand you have the body building scene who suggest for ultimate weigh loss, consume only protein rich foods before bed. This is so your body can continue to burn extra calories while you sleep.
This may be better for weight loss, but it does however result in your body not being able to rest and recharge because it’s spending the night breaking down your protein.
Bottom line: Having protein before bed is good if your goal is to lose body fat and “cut” as you burn more calories while you sleep, just be aware there is a chance of waking up tired. Alternatively opt for food high in healthy fats so your body has a chance to rest. If you choose to eat healthy fats before bed simple eat the right portion sizes and include it in your overall calorie meal plan for the best weight loss results.
Below I have conducted a pretty thorough list of both healthy fat options, low calorie options and high protein options to have as your late night snack.
These snack ideas and serving sizes are relevant for both men and women who are interested in losing weight.
If you’re feeling peckish before bed you could have either of these late night snack options:
- 2x Brown rice thins with sliced cucumber (71 Calories)
- 2 cups microwave/ steamed broccoli with sea salt (61 calories)
- 10 almonds (69 calories)
- 3 Brazil Nuts (90 calories)
- 1 tbsp. Almond butter or Peanut Butter (122 calories)
- ½ medium avocado with ¼ tsp. olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper (60 calories)
- 250ml class lite soy milk (100 calories)
- 250ml class unsweetened vanilla almond milk with 1 tsp. cocoa powder and stevia (53 calories)
- 3 egg whites, cinnamon and stevia- microwaved for 2 minutes and bam! you have a sweet quick egg white omelet (63 calories)
- 4 large egg whites (scrambled with parsley, onion powder and 1/2 diced tomato)
If you’re feeling hungry before bed you could have either of these late night snack options instead:
- Brown Rice thins with ½ medium avocado and sliced tomato (152 calories)
- 2 tbsp. almond butter and celery (190 calories)
- Carrot Sticks and 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter (162 calories)
- 1-2 protein ball (1 1/2 cups almonds, 3 serves protein powder, 1 cup erythritol, 3 tbsp. coconut oil, 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut, 3 scoops of protein powder 1/4 cup cocoa powder, blend almonds, coconut oil, cocoa powder, erythritol, and desiccated coconut and then add mixture in a bowl with protein powder and add water until you get the right texture, roll into 16 balls and freeze until your ready to eat them! (133-266 calories)
- 1 boiled egg (70 calorie)
- 90g Tinned Tuna in olive oil (140 calories)
- 100g tofu “dry fried” (147 calories)
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding – Blend 1/4 medium avocado, 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence, 1 tsp. cocoa powder pinch of stevia, 20g vanilla protein power, 2 tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (180 calories)
- 1 protein shake with 2 tsp. coconut oil (247 calories)
- Hot Chocolate Protein Fluff (1 egg white, 20g protein powder, 1-2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 tsp. vanilla essence, pinch of stevia or sweetener of choice, mix well together in a mug or small bowl and microwave for 40 seconds, boom! it’s ready to be demolished! (108 calories)
- Fruit Free Chocolate Protein Fluff (1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (40g) or any flavour really, 1 egg white, pinch of stevia, 3g xantham gum, 1 cup ice, 1 cup water blend up until it becomes a fluff ice-cream) (178 calories)
- Protein Shake with 240mls unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp. coconut oil and pinch of stevia (242 calories)
- Quick Omelet (2 eggs, 2 egg whites, parsley, 1/2 tomato and onion powder)