Bedtime Snacks To Help You Sleep
We've all been there... it's nearly bedtime, and our stomach gives a little rumble. Before you reach for some sugary cereal or leftover lasagne, take a look at these 5 bedtime snack ideas that will actually help you sleep!
1. Oats with Banana & Honey
This oaty, yummy bowl of goodness contains all the things you need for a good night’s sleep. As well as being rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids which promote sleep-inducing melatonin, oats boost tryptophan's availability to the brain. Honey shuts off the stimulation of orexin (which keeps us alert), and bananas are rich in magnesium which relaxes muscles.
This cinema snack is light, low in calories and satisfies cravings for something crunchy, sweet and salty. It’s levels of carbohydrate work to stabilize our blood sugar levels, too.
3. Almond Butter on Toast
Not only a great source of healthy fats, almonds are also bursting with tryptophan and magnesium to naturally relax your muscles. Popping some almond butter on wholegrain toast will also give you that filling, carbohydrate boost, lulling you into a natural slumber.
4. Yogurt with Raspberries, Almonds & Honey
As mentioned above, honey and almonds are both super-sleep-inducers, but combining these with low fat Greek yogurt will increase your levels of serotonin, too! This will make you feel calmer and more relaxed.
5. Turkey, Hummus & Veggie Wrap
Ever feel like you could slip into a sleep-coma after Thanksgiving dinner? Well that’s because turkey is one the richest sources of tryptophan! Tryptophan helps the brain produce serotonin, which acts as a calming agent and “natural sedative”. Wrap a few slices up in a wholegrain wrap with some low-fat hummus and veggies, for a healthy, filling and sleep-promoting snack!
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