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10 Best Healthy Snacks That Even Gym People Eat When They’re Hungry!

10 Best Healthy Snacks That Even Gym People Eat When They’re Hungry!

It all starts out when you finally set out a workout plan. Your instinct tells you some protein would help, but you are clueless what to eat before the workout and there is uncertainty about what should be eaten.

Sounds familiar?

When the snack attack arrives , it is crucial to choose the sustenance wisely.

A bag of chips will quash salt hankerings, but it will not actually keep you satisfied for long. You need a more substantial snack to knock out hunger pangs and keep you going through the day. The calling is for a high protein bite.

Unlike carbs that are found in the chips, protein takes longer to digest. Amino acids that proteins are made of break down gradually . Amino acids are needed by the body to develop and repair muscles, so it is so important to stock up on the nutrient ,especially after a gym session.

Protein, the power house that is hunger-busting with slows digestion keeps blood sugar steady keep cravings aside. Protein helps with weight loss and a satisfying eating plan. You stay nutritious and workout ambitiously.

Nutrition experts and all that regularly gym will all agree that the gym session not really the most difficult part. It is controlling diet that is really mind boggling.

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So you get all pumped up for an exciting workout session or just exit a strenuous routine and think all is in order? Not yet!

To get fit and tone up, the diet plan need to tune in at a health frequency. Now diet is not just breakfast, lunch and supper. You need to monitor the in-between snacking habits as well.

Experts take snacking seriously and advice against neglecting snacking both pre-workout and post workout. Before heading off for the gym routine, fuel up with energy to activate the body. Even just toast or a banana will improve efficiency and mobilize fat.

To workout on an empty stomach is risky as it lowers blood sugar and can cause dizziness. No one wants to pass out halfway through a work out session. A work out on an empty stomach may cause protein loss.

You need energy for the workout, and risk injury working below peak abilities if there is insufficient energy .

1. Paleo Protein Brookies

    A chocolate chip cookie and brownie fusion. Packed with protein and grain-free. Munch away!

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    2. Blueberry Muffins

      Low in carbs and high in protein these make a great start up snack!

      3. Buffalo Quinoa Bites

        An alternative for vegetarians to get the spicy buffalo wings taste!

        4. Roasted Chickpeas

          These light snacks are easy to prepare and your favorite spices added will make a tasty snack!

          5. Low Fat Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

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            Like the tangy yogurt taste? Then you will love this low-fat frozen treat made from a blend of plain and Greek yogurt with a vanilla bean.

            6. Green Sunshine Dip

              Green Sunshine Dip with fresh asparagus, lemon juice and creamy avocado topped with nutty chickpeas makes a punchy addition to any snack platter.

              7. Homemade Almond Crunch Protein Bar

                Delicious and moist these are crunchy protein bars are topped with toasted almonds and tasty chocolate.

                8. Oatmeal Snack

                  No fuss and easy. An oatmeal snack needs some warm water and there you have it! A protein punch in a flash.

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                  9. Protein Bars

                    Ready to eat protein bars are great to keep on hand for a quick nibble.

                    10. Almonds

                      Great as an addition to any savory or sweet recipe but perfect on their own as well for a quick and easy crunch away.

                      Featured photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/jensplaice/high-protein-snacks/ via s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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