The health world is full of myths, and we’re here to debunk them! You’ve probably heard that you should never eat past 7pm, since any food intake after this hour will magically transform into stomach fat and make you gain weight. Well here comes the good news: it’s not true! While there are some foods that you should avoid eating at night, there are also several options that make great evening snacks. Here are some of our favorites for those late-night cravings.
Eggs and white meat, like chicken or turkey, are good choices to eat at night. These are slow digesting proteins that will provide a lasting excretion of amino acids, as well as raise your metabolism. Plus, turkey contains high concentrations of the amino acid tryptophan which can help promote relaxation and sleepiness. Perfect timing!
But what about other sources of animal protein? When it comes to snacking around bedtime the goal is to keep your insulin levels low. Since research has shown that red meat and fish have high insulin sensitivity (close to the levels in pasta and white bread!), we recommend staying away from these foods at night.
Cottage cheese is a dairy-based product that mainly consists of casein. During the night this protein provides up to 7 hours of sustained nutrition, and also increases combustion and secretion of the fat-burning hormone glucagon. Make sure that you choose plain cottage cheese and not one of the flavored kinds. These are full of sugar which increases your insulin sensitivity and stops fat loss.
Since vegetables are extremely low in calories they make great guilt-free snacks for watching TV or reading a book! Due to their low glycemic index they won’t have a big impact on your insulin levels, and they’re also packed with antioxidants that your body needs in order to repair during the night.
So there you have it! White protein, cottage cheese and green veggies are the evening superfoods that will keep your cravings satisfied and your conscience clear.