When it comes to dinner, you do not always make the best choices. Sometimes you get so hungry that you eat anything, which you will regret later on. Choose well! You must have healthy foods at your fingertips, don’t fall into temptation. It’s easier to stay healthy at dinnertime than you think.
It is important to plan what you will eat in advance so you can choose the dish that will most nourish you and especially prevent indigestion. If you want to sleep soundly, you should avoid certain foods. Raw cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can cause gasses. Also, you should avoid eating beans, potatoes, fried foods, or processed food because they are slowly digested and contain large amounts of saturated fat.
A balanced, healthy diet means giving our body all the nutrients needed for proper maintenance, operation, and development. It is important not to neglect dinner and include a number of essential nutrients, to meet the long hours of fasting until the following morning.
Dinner directly influences the quality of our night’s rest. An excessively heavy meal can cause difficulty sleeping because of heaviness, reflux, gas, etc. By contrast, too frugal dinner, or even nonexistent, can also be the cause of a bad night ending in gorging night, therefore dinner is important and should not be skipped but it should not be a heavy meal.
The main features of a healthy dinner will, therefore, be light, nutritious and complete. In principle and as a general rule it is advisable to reduce the intake of foods with high energy input since logically the body will be significantly less active for several hours and energy requirement will be lower. Therefore, the ideal principle for raising a healthy dinner is to reduce consumption of foods high in fat (also this type of food causes heavy digestions) thus for dinner avoid sausages, fried foods, sauces, and dressings. It is also advised to avoid rapidly absorbed carbohydrates (sugar-rich foods).
That does not mean a healthy dinner shouldn’t have carbohydrates, what it means is that carbohydrates that you take for dinner should be slowly absorbed, such as whole wheat pasta, rice, vegetables or potatoes.
Protein-rich foods play a key role this time because it is easily digested and cause a prolonged feeling of satiety. The most recommended protein foods for the last meal of the day includes lean meats, fish, and eggs.
Finally, a tip for improving the quality of our sleep: No dinner just before going to bed and do it in a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, eating slowly, chewing well and enjoying every bite.
Foods that help you sleep better and fight insomnia are those rich in tryptophan: milk and dairy products, nuts, whole grains, eggs, meat, fish (especially oily fish) and bananas.