Healthy Late Night Snacks That Help You Sleep

Whether you are an adult trying to figure out budgeting and how to fix the leaking faucet or a college student who has 2 tests and 3 submissions due in a couple of hours or a mom who is trying to keep it together without going crazy, we all need one thing to stay sane. What is it you ask? A good night’s sleep. Preferably 8 hours, uninterrupted. If you are a mom, maybe try in 18 years.

Life of every age group (except preschoolers) in this day and age is stressful. Every individual is overworked and over-scheduled, trying to meet this deadline and get to that class. Despite our days planned and packed down to the minute, a lot of folks have a lot of trouble getting decent shut-eye. Some people may have a different kind of sleep related issue. They do not have any problems falling asleep, but more so staying asleep. Who these people are is beyond me, I honestly try to catch some snooze on my way to the dentist and my dentist is a 6-minute car ride away!

Nonetheless, nature seems to have a solution for every problem and sometimes never the other way around. But we are trying to keep the good vibes going so let’s focus on the first one. So, before you find yourself in a doctor’s office getting a prescription for Valium or a little friend known as ‘sleeping pills’, make sure you give naturally occurring things a try. Other than an over dependence on drugs and pills, it will also save you a few bucks, which can shamelessly be spent on a sugar overdose.

Nature has sleeping pills of its own and they work better than most drugs. You just have to find one that is best suited to your problems. Check out these healthy late-night snacks…

Almonds

If you are from the group that has trouble staying asleep, then you should go for almonds. The issue of not being able to stay asleep may be due to a lack of magnesium and almonds are rich in this stuff! Also, almonds do wonders for your bones.

Dairy

You remember how your mom used to push that warm glass of milk before bedtime when we were kids? Turns out milk isn’t the only dairy product that can help you get a good night’s rest. Cheese can do just the same- without the milk after taste! And not just cheese, break out the yoghurt too.

Lettuce

Do you like to get your greens in? Then that salad for dinner can go a long way than just keeping you in good shape. Lettuce has sleep-inducing characteristics. So, if you skipped lettuce in your salad for dinner, then you can always brew a tea. It’s pretty simple and effective; boil a few large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes and add a couple of sprigs of mint. Drink this before bed and you shall sleep like a baby. This phrase has never quite hit home with me, mainly because, I can’t get my baby to sleep… like a baby.

Pretzels?!

If you have an 8 hour window to catch some shut-eye and want to reduce the time it takes to actually fall asleep, then reach for that bag of pretzels. Yes, you read that right- PRETZELS! An increase in blood sugar and insulin levels cuts down the time it takes to actually fall asleep. Whether you can switch that up with a bucket of chocolate chip ice cream? Yeah, that might be pushing it.

Fish

Fish like tuna, halibut and salmon are rich in the vitamin B6 and this is the magical nutrient that helps make sleep inducing hormones, melatonin and serotonin so that you can sleep like a… Koala (Koalas sleep 22 hours a day!)

Chamomile Tea

Living up to clich├ęs, chamomile tea is known widely to have sleep-inducing properties. It also acts as a mild sedative and may help numb the pain from the daily grind. On a serious note, this tea has made it across the centuries, so it’s worth a try, no? If you want to take your chances up a notch, then try adding a spoonful of honey. The sugar from the honey increases insulin levels, making it easier to dose off.

Cereal

Love breakfast for dinner? Now you have a reason with solid scientific back up to indulge in a bowl of cereal every night. Carbs from the cereal and calcium from the milk are two great sources that can help you score some zzz’s.

Hummus

Have a knack for mid-Eastern cuisine? Me too. Here’s another reason to not stop snacking on Hummus (the best dip ever?). Chickpeas are rich in tryptophan which make it easier to get some sleep and stay asleep. The one advantage of trying this even if it doesn’t work is that although you may not fall asleep, you get to eat lots of hummus.

Sleep is one of the best things on the planet that rejuvenate our bodies and comes for free. Don’t take it for granted. If you have spare time, stop scrolling on social media and go take a nap!

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Nutrition and How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Nutrition is basically the science of food and the amount of nutrients and calories each of the food item contains. It is regardless to say what importance food has in the existence of an individual. It is needed for the very survival of not only human beings, but every living organism on the face of earth.

Nutrients are the substances needed for the proper functioning of the body. These nutrients consist of proteins, vitamins and minerals, fats, carbohydrate, roughage and water. And it is required by every individual to have food which consists of all of them in the right amount.

Most of the times we tend to ignore or rather refuse to eat the vegetables and indulge more in fat-related products, primarily because of the taste. But we have to understand that vegetables and fruits are as much an important part of the diet as chicken and cheese.

But why should we let taste come in the way of our health. Here are some of the dishes that are a fantastic combination of good taste and healthy eating.

NUTRITIOUS AND YUMMY -THE 15-MINUTE LO MEIN

As the name suggests, it is an easy-to-make dish. It is a noodle dish filled with the goodness of vegetables, adding to the proteins, vitamins and minerals. The flavor makes it a tempting preparation and what’s more, it looks so colorful. This dish is a healthy go-to dish and is ideal for lunch and dinner.

THE HEALTHY ASIAGO ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Nowadays, most people tend to choose ‘gluten-free’ food products, some because of its allergic reactions and some just for the sake of the diet. This dish is ideal for all those people. Again, it is an easy to make tasty, healthy dish with the richness of nutrients. It is full of flavorsome ingredients that are a delight to the food palate.

EVERY ONE’S OH-SO FAVOURITE CHICKEN SALAD

The one salad we all love. A perfect combination of protein and vitamins, this chicken plus vegetable dish is a favorite among the junk food eaters as well as the health conscious gym-freak. It is a great and easy-to-make dish that is perfectly ideal for brunch and dinner, and can be spread out throughout the week.

THE EASY-TO-MAKE CILANTRO LIME RICE

Again, a healthy, yummy and easy to prepare rice dish. Sometimes making a rice dish can be a hectic process in itself, but not this one. It’s a perfect blend of flavor and nutrients. It is the ideal side dish for Mexican food.

THE PALATABLE CHEERY PINEAPPLE AND PEACH DUMP CAKE

No meal is complete without a dessert and what better way to end it with a Cherry Pineapple and Peach Dump Cake. Whereas on one hand, the cheery, pineapple and peach provides the goodness of nutrients, the whipped cream makes it all so-more delicious. It does take time to make but then it is all worth it in the end.

IMPORTANCE OF EATING HEALTHY AND FOLLOWING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

It is extremely important for us to know, which food is good and which is harmful. It is not always possible to count the calories of each and every food we eat, but we can balance it all out through a balanced diet containing of all that is good, healthy and delicious at the same time.

List Of Foods You Can Eat On A Vegan Diet

You are putting together a list of foods that you can eat on a vegan diet. I suggest to start eating plant-based. When you are shopping, it is smart to come up with a list of foods that you can eat on your vegan diet.

Eating plant-based will not always be the easiest thing to look for, but it just takes a little time to organize. A lifestyle is all about organization. I would like you to see some of these options I have come up with.

Foods For Breakfast

Tofu – this is a great egg replacement used in any combination of an egg breakfast. Burritos or egg sandwiches.
Oatmeal – A good organic oatmeal is something everyone should at least eat 2 or 3 times a week. Especially for the great benefits that oatmeal provides for your heart. Also you can add any type of fruit to add to the flavor if you have a problem with the taste.
Smoothies – Again this can be any combination of fruits and vegetables.
Organic cereal, granola – These are items you can add fruit to as well, if you want that extra boost.

I love these for lunch

Chickpeas – These can be used in many ways. My personal is my homemade humus. I make a large batch at once and keep it in a container in the refrigerator. I will actually take about a 3/4 cup size to work. It gives me energy and curbs my hunger.
Tempeh – I have sliced these up and fried them the night before. Then warmed them up and placed in between to slices of organic bread.
Organic brown rice – This is one of my favorites, I will make a tomato, cucumber, mint, onion mix and actually mix them together. Add a little salt and olive oil. You can eat this hot or cold.
Kidney beans or any beans – These are a great protein boost anytime of the day. Can eat them cold, hot or in any type of meal.
Sweet potato or potato – We will slice either or both together as wedges or quarters. Mix with a bit of organic olive oil, Himalayan salt, pepper and some basil. We bake them until they are crispy. Fries anybody?

Snack time can be challenging and need to battle cravings

peanut butter – PBJ, that’s all I have to say about that! Make sure the jelly is organic. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, if you were wondering.
Kale chips, banana chips, or dried fruits – If you have a dehydrator, you can do this as cheap as possible without spending a ton on packages of dried fruit.
Nuts, sunflower, pistachios – Nuts, nuts and nuts. Anytime you can incorporate nuts into your diet, it is a protein boost to will last you throughout your day.
Applesauce – There are grocery stores out there that have organic apple sauce.

The family meal time, finding the right options to please everyone.

Instead of providing a detailed list for dinner, all the items above can be used in any variety or combination to make a 100% healthy meal. Because your day could end up being a very busy, time-consuming adventure, it maybe hard to work in the all the fresh vegetables. Here is your chance. I always mix in stir fry’s using the brown rice you may have cooked earlier for lunch. When I make it, I use the rice cooker so we can use left over rice for an extra meal.

There are all kinds of variations of salads. Imagine adding some of the dried fruit, cooked Tofu or Tempeh as a chicken replacement on a Caesar salad. You get the point. I also use Tofu or Tempeh for any meat replacement. Personally I like Tofu the best. I will add a bit of organic olive oil just to brown it up nicely to have the ground meat texture. I will use that in any variation like spaghetti or what ever your favorite combination you would use meat in.

I hope I am laying the foundation for you to come up with your own variations of your old recipes. It can be done. One thing I want to remind you of is to make sure your using organic brands and look at the labels to make sure they are dairy free and have no animal by products in them. A little planning can go a long way.

So let me ask you what is the benefit of eating a plant based diet? I can give you one reason, how about health? Before you start, I would track your blood pressure and take as many vitals as possible. After eating your vegan diet or living your plant based lifestyle for a few weeks, check them out again. I am willing to bet you are feeling better, losing weight, and blood pressure dropping considerably. Also I want to make sure your aware I am not a doctor and these are only my beliefs. If you have serious health conditions, please go see your doctor before you do what I have done. Has anyone had the success living this lifestyle as I have done? If so I would love to hear your story and have a conversation on some of your ideas. I am really interested visit my site!