Isn’t feeling rested in the morning one of the best feelings? For sure, it is, but for that to happen, you need to make sure that the activities during the day and your nighttime routine help you get a good night's sleep every night. Food, for example, can impact physical comfort and either help you sleep or cause insomnia by increasing your heart rate or causing indigestion.
The next five dinner recipes are low-sodium, easy to digest and they also nourish your body for an efficient slumber.
1. Taco Rice Bowls
Most of us love tacos, but they’re not exactly the best alternative for dinner, because of all the spices and high protein content. However, if you replace the red meat with chicken or black beans, that have mineral reach proteins, you shouldn’t have trouble with your digestion during the night which means you'll have time to rest. Jasmine rice should work well as a base for your tacos. You can serve them with avocado, sweet salsa, and shredded red cabbage.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup
A light tomato soup will always be great alongside a couple of cheesy melting sandwiches. The best cheese types for this recipe are brie cheese, cheddar, and red Leicester, as researchers say they generate positive dreams. The best combinations are brie with basil and tomatoes, cheddar with apples or mushrooms and Leicester with chutney. Yummy much?!
3. Veggie Stir Fry
Even though leafy greens are not recommended before going to bed, a pre-cut mixed bag of veggies sautéed in a fry with some chicken or cashew nuts is not harmful to your sleep. Vegetables like corn, carrots, broccoli or peas have a wide range of sleep-supporting vitamins and minerals, which is why this veggie stir-fry is one of the best options for supper. It is quick and easy to cook and you probably already have the ingredients in your fridge. Top it with some soy sauce or teriyaki sauce and pair it with some jasmine rice and you’re done.
4. Turkey Wraps
Here’s another handy option for those who need a simple, fast solution for dinner. Turkey wraps can be prepared with turkey rotisserie breast or turkey deli meat wrapped in a whole grain tortilla along with tomatoes, cucumbers or any other vegetables. Try to avoid spicy condiments and hot peppers, as they cause insomnia and stomach aches. Turkey wraps are great with a side salad or baked chips.
5. Quinoa Salad with Walnuts
Quinoa is high in healthy carbs and lean protein. Some tossed quinoa with chopped tomatoes, olives, baby greens, and walnuts, topped with a drizzle of citrus or berry vinaigrette and served with boiled egg, grilled chicken or salmon is perfect for a cosy night and it doesn’t affect your sleep.
All things considered, you should also be careful about the portion size. Moderate ones, not too big, neither too small are the best. So, what are you waiting for? Give a try to these healthy, quick, snooze-worthy dinner options that you can eat in the evening and still sleep well and tell us which one you enjoyed the most!