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Campbell Fitness Trainers’ Snack Ideas for Better Rest

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Campbell Fitness Trainers’ Snack Ideas for Better Rest

Like to snack at night? 


Our Campbell Personal Fitness trainers want you to know you’re not alone.


According to recent research…

  • 93% of adults have a snack after dinner at least once a week, according to a 2023 study by Sleep Doctor
  • On average, adults snack after dinner about 4 nights a week
  • And the most popular nighttime snacks: chips, crackers, and pretzels


So if you enjoy an occasional nighttime snack, you’ve got company! 




It’s important that you choose the right snacks. 

Even though most people grab something salty, sugary, or crunchy…


The research ALSO says that people who choose more nutritious snacks — like nuts, seeds, and fruit — sleep about 30 more minutes a night than people who eat less nutritious snacks. 


So, here’s a quick list of snacks from our Campbell Personal Fitness trainers to stay away from at night, if you want better sleep…


Plus a few healthier options you’ll want to keep on hand when those cravings hit! 


Here’s what to skip:

  • Avoid high-calorie snacks with a lot of added sugar, sodium, or refined grains
  • Spicy and heavy foods before bed can lead to heartburn or acid reflux — as can eating big portions
  • Some chocolate snacks contain hidden caffeine, making it harder to fall asleep
  • Sodas, coffee, and alcohol also can interfere with a good night of sleep


And now here are some snacks that may actually HELP you sleep…


Banana with Almond Butter

They both have magnesium, which works on the cellular level to regulate your body’s timekeeping system. PLUS, bananas are also rich in potassium which can boost sleep quality (especially for women).


Protein Smoothie

Drinking a whey or casein-based protein shake before bed can help boost protein synthesis, which we need for muscle growth and repair. 



Oatmeal contains magnesium AND the sleep hormone melatonin. You can add even more “oomph” to your oatmeal by stirring in a half-scoop of protein powder.



Many fruits contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other compounds that help you sleep better. For example, pineapple, oranges, goji berries, and cherries can boost melatonin levels — and a lot of them are rich in potassium, too.


Nuts and Seeds

Unsalted raw nuts and seeds — pistachios, pepitas, sesame seeds, cashews, walnuts, etc., — are loaded with sleep-friendly compounds like the amino acid tryptophan as well as melatonin, potassium, and magnesium.


So the next time you feel the urge to snack at night, remember to grab something that will not only feed your hunger but will give you a better night's sleep!


Committed to Your Success,

The Method3 Fitness Team


If you’re ready to keep things simple and focus on what works, our Campbell Personal Trainers are here to help you find a sustainable, simple route to your goals.  Fill out the "Request More Information Now" box above to receive your free consultation with our caring Campbell personal trainers OR call us 408-371-1212 to connect.  We're looking forward to talking with you!


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