So what’s the big deal with late night snacking? Many nutritionists rail against snacking before bed as a sure way to increase the size of your waistline. Yet, nearly 83% of U.S. consumers report snacking at least one night a week, and 20% of consumers report snacking every night. In fact, a recent study estimates that over $700 million is spent on nighttime snacks on a weekly basis!
The most popular nighttime snack choices overall are salty snacks such as chips, popcorn and pretzels (84%), baked goods such as cookies, cake and donuts (80%), candy such as chocolate, gummies and hard candies (76%) and ice cream (75%). Ok, ok. Considering these choices, I guess it’s understandable why some nutritionists are hating on nighttime snacks. However, if you reimagine nighttime snacking into a “better for you” occasion, it can provide some pretty cool health and sleep benefits.
Eating a protein-rich snack before bed could support muscle repair and help slow down age-related muscle loss, particularly if you exercise routinely. Bangarang has over 20 grams of non-GMO grass fed whey protein per cup! For nighttime-before bed options, consider getting creative with some of the following:
A few, small studies suggest that they may help you sleep better. What’s more, they have anti-inflammatory benefits and may offer protection against inflammation-related conditions like arthritis and heart disease. Add cherries to a cold pudding or hot lava cake Cocoa Loco for a protein packed Black Forest cake!
Banana With Almond Butter
One small banana dipped in a tablespoon (16 grams) of unsweetened almond butter is a tasty, 165-calorie pairing that may even help you sleep by providing naturally occurring melatonin. Awesome addition for a Cocoa Loco or Gimme S’ More Lava Cake.
Two peeled kiwis pack only 93 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 190% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C. A great topping for Cake Smash.
Pistachios are super high in sleep-promoting melatonin. One ounce of shelled pistachios, (about a handful) has 160 calories and about 6.5 mg of melatonin. A fun crunchy add in for Cake Smash or Cocoa Loco.
Besides supplying healthy fats, B vitamins and minerals, certain trail mix add-ins may even support sleep. This is a great crunchy topping for any Bangarang flavor!
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, which is recently been linked to better sleep. Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is also rich in protein. Add it to Bangarang for a really tasty protein turbo boost.
A one ounce serving of pumpkin seeds has 146 calories and provides 37% of the RDI for magnesium, which has been linked to better sleep. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in tryptophan. It adds an awesome nutty crunch to any chocolate based Bangarang.
Strawberries and Brie
One cup of sliced strawberries has only 53 calories. Pair them with one ounce of brie. The cheese adds 94 calories and about 6 grams of hunger-satisfying protein. Add this to a hot Bangarang Cake Smash Lava Cake or Cupcake and you’ll thank us later!