The 5 best foods to eat before bed (for a flat belly)

“To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.” ~Weng Chu Hui

Frankly, I need to change this part of my eating plan. That is, what I eat before bed. I tend to eat fruit, but, as you will see in my findings from expert nutritionist, Mike Geary, (truth about abs)

Carbs from fruit may be triggering an unwanted insulin rush that in turn triggers other hormonal cascades. So, here is what I found, and read on to see what changes I plan to make to my bedtime snacks.

What to eat before bed:

It’s common knowledge that eating before bed is disastrous for your fat loss efforts. This is obvious when we look at downing a bowl of ice cream, cookies, or other highly processed junk. This is an obvious no-no, right?

Well, there’s good news… not every food that you eat past 7PM will be automatically deposited to your belly fat, thighs, and love handles.

In fact, what I found out is that there are certain foods that you can eat as a late-night snack that can actually INCREASE your fat loss results through hormonal improvements!

From what I have been learning from experts like Mike Geary, you must obviously Avoid refined and processed carbs before bed like ice cream, bakery/dessert items, anything that contains refined sugar like soda, or anything that has flour…these are just a short list of no-nos…

So, basically , dump the junk in favor of slow-digesting high-quality protein and healthy fats. Fiber is ok too as long as it’s low in starch or sugars as in a small sweet potato or raw veggies.

Here are some top pre-bedtime food choices:

1. White Meat Protein  – such as chicken and turkey are great pre-bed meal choices because they digest slowly and have a very low insulin release. These sources also promote the release of a hormone called glucagon, which assists the body with breaking down stored carbs and fat within your body to be burned for energy…

Plan ahead: Having some cooked ground turkey or chicken handy in your fridge makes for a quick late night snack whenever you need it… Warm the protein and use a lettuce leaf as a wrap adding a little avocado and sea salt to taste. A little protein with healthy fat and a some raw greens to help digestion…perfect!

2. Cottage Cheese: If you can do dairy, cottage cheese is very slow digesting and coats the stomach to be assimilated by the body over many hours. As a protein, it also stimulates glucagon release, which as I just mentioned is great for fat loss, making this a good pre-bedtime choice. Just make sure you’re using plain cottage cheese, not the flavored varieties with added sugars.  Add some stevia and cinnamon if you need to flavor it up a little!

3. Green Vegetables: Of course these aren’t considered a protein, however, they contain virtually no calories, and are high in fiber, and they’re very filling. I like to grab a couple of carrots an have some raw sunflower seeds along side with sea salt as a quick snack before bed. I get a little sweetness from the carrots, lots of satisfying crunch too, and some healthy fat and saltiness from the healthy sunflower seeds. I may also have a cup of chamomile tea along with this for even more comfort.

4. Go nuts: Almonds pecans, walnuts, or pistachios… These nuts are not only great sources of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, but provide the fiber and healthy fats necessary to control your cravings late at night and make sure you don’t give in to junk. A hot cup of tea goes well here too.

5. A Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake: I use a slow-digesting protein drink alternative that’s much lower in sugar and better for your body than the junky protein drinks you get at the store.

My readers love this delicious protein drink because it actually tastes like dessert.

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 Get in to the habit of having a super healthy but dessert-like treat before bed – every day if you want! Who doesn’t love dessert before bed? 🙂

I normally blend the shake with almond butter to get some healthy fats in there, and oh man, it tastes good.

WARNING: Please avoid taking an over-the-counter store-bought simple whey protein powder before bed…research has shown that it causes more of an insulin release than white bread!

Instead, try this timed-released blend that aids in fat loss and, oh, did I tell you it tastes like dessert?

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BioTrust includes a blend of slow-digesting, high-quality proteins.
So, there you go. Five delicious, sensible snacks before bed you and I can live with and feel good about.

You can choose the protein wrap, the cottage cheese route, the veggie and nut route, plain nuts, or a healthy, slow-digesting protein dessert-like shake before bed.

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4 comments on “The 5 best foods to eat before bed (for a flat belly)

  1. Barbara on said:

    What about the fact that the body is made up of several systems (cardiovascular, digestive, etc) that are running running running all day…and need to rest like everything else in the body. Eating before bed, keeps the digestive system working for hours while you sleep and they could be resting. Dairy before bed? Dairy produces mucous. If you have problems snoring or sinus issues – I’d stay away from dairy.

    • Kathy Strahan on said:

      Dear Barbara, love your passion and obviously you are quite suffisticated in your knoledge of the body and health. I agree with you about how the body needs to rest. All systems. Intuitively what you are pointing out makes sense. It makes me curious to dig deeper to investigate if there are any serious consequences to the body if a light snack is eaten before bed. Especially if someone is hungry, or, if we are talking about someone who is quite active and working out hard, or, if we have an athlete here who is interested in optomizing muscle. I will talk with Dr. Caroline Dean MD and naturapath about this question (bed time snacks) and perhaps she will let me interview her. About dairy. So many people are intolerant to dairy these days do to immune and digestive issues. Plus, commercial dairy is not healthy for most people. Although Mike Geary recommends using a little cottage cheese, I’m likely to lean towards your comments that for many people, cottage cheese can cause problems. I should have included a disclaimer note there. Thanks for pointing this out. Here’s an interview you may be interested in from master herbalist, George Lamoureux about PMS, menopause and hormones in general. Enjoy.

  2. Awww…thanks for your kind comments Kathy..glad I gave you something to think about. I’d love to know what Caroline has to say. I know what my nutitional biochemist and MD- holistic physician say about it…great info. Love your site! Blessings!

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