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Snack Smart And Wake Up Super Refreshed!

Snack Smart And Wake Up Super Refreshed!

Healthy foods lead to healthy sleep. There is some science behind the way we snack and how it affects our sleep patterns. Some of us need that cup of joe for morning get up and go, but what if it’s more about snacking better before bedtime in order to really get some serious zzz’s. So how do you snack smart before bed, so you can wake up super refreshed? While you might be inclined to reach for tryptophan packed turkey, you might want to go for some sweet sleep inducing Tapas.


Something Sweet
For those with a bit of a sweet tooth after dinner, you’ll want to reach for something high in protein that also packs a calcium punch. Healthy low-fat snacks that include protein, calcium, fiber and omega fats often help you get to sleep faster.

Simple Stuffed Apricots

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, chopped
  • 5 apricots

Simply split the apricots in half, stuff each with a generous spoonful of goat cheese, and top with almonds.


Very Berry Yogurt Bowls


You’ll need:

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, vanilla
  • ½ cup blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or cherries (don’t be afraid to throw 2 tablespoons of each in)
  • 1 tablespoon milled flaxseed (optional omega boost)

Spoon yogurt into a medium bowl. Top with berries and flaxseed. Enjoy!


Sweet & Dreamy Rice Pudding  


Cherry and pistachio rice pudding

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup rice pudding
  • 2 tablespoons cherries
  • ¼ cup cherry compote
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, chopped

Warm the rice pudding in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Layer cherry compote and rice pudding in a cup or bowl. Top with chopped pistachios and serve.


Something Savory

For the sleep lover who wants to kick start their brain for bed with something a little more savory - we’ve got you covered! Boost your brain for bedtime with healthy fats and veggies that simply put you in the right state of mind for a full night’s rest.


Healthy Hummus

You’ll need:

  • 1 piece of Pita bread
  • ¼ cup hummus
  • 5 slices of cucumber
  • 5 slices of red bell pepper

Simply cut the pita bread into five triangles. Spread each triangle evenly with your favorite hummus. Top with a slice of cucumber and red bell pepper - enjoy!


Peanut Butter Banana Bites

You’ll Need:

  • 5 slices of whole grain crostini or toasted pita bread triangles
  • 5 teaspoons natural peanut butter, no sugar added
  • 1 small banana

Peel and slice the banana. Top each slice of bread with a generous teaspoon of peanut butter. Top with a slice or two of banana and serve.


Protein Packed Bagel Bites 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 mini bagels
  • 6 thin slices of turkey
  • 6 slices low-fat monterey jack cheese
Cut the mini bagels in half. Top each with a slice of turkey and a slice of cheese. Place in a toaster oven for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Sandwich bagels back together,  and enjoy warm.

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