It’s a common question asked by diabetics: What can I snack on before going to bed that will help me control my blood sugar levels without leading to unwanted weight gain?
The short answer is: protein, particularly a source that will digest relatively slowly to help stabilize blood sugar and provide the body a steady stream of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to minimize the loss of muscle mass for better insulin sensitivity.
Before Bed Protein Sources
Some of the most often recommended nighttime snack foods include cottage cheese and Greek yogurt; nuts, peanut butter, almond butter, and eggs are also suggested due to their higher content of healthy fats (in addition to protein), which slows digestion.
Regarding the first two foods, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt have one obvious thing in common: They’re both dairy products, thus containing whey and casein proteins – whey being fast-digesting, casein being very slow.
Casein in powder form has long been recommended as a convenient and beneficial before bedtime protein source, mainly among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. However, one study showed that elderly men who took casein protein before bed had higher levels of protein synthesis, which is believed to play a major role in maintaining muscle mass – strong evidence that nighttime casein isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders.
Rest Easy with Swee2ooth
Long story short: If you’re looking for a convenient, delicious bedtime protein source, Swee2ooth can fill that void. Its high-quality protein blend includes both casein and whey.
If you prefer to snack on whole foods at night, Swee2ooth can easily be combined with most of the above recommendations. Mix a half or whole scoop of Swee2ooth in cottage cheese or Greek yogurt; add some Chocolate Cravin’ to natural peanut butter for a healthy, dessert-like treat; or try the Swee2ooth Chocolate Covered Almonds recipe.
There’s no need to deprive yourself of great-tasting snacks before bed. Have a scoop of Swee2ooth, either on its own or combined with another healthy food, and sleep tight!