3 questions to ask yourself if you’re often hungry before bed

hungry before bed

One of the most common ‘rules’ you hear when it comes to losing weight – or maintaining it – is “do not eat after x o’clock.” Sure, there is definitely some truth behind this. After all, eating a large meal before bed can lead to an uncomfortable feeling, acid reflux and digestive issues. But what if you’re regularly hungry before bed? Going to bed when you’re hungry is not exactly a recipe for a good night sleep. So should you eat something or not?

3 questions to ask yourself if you’re often hungry before bed

Below, we’ve listed three questions you should ask yourself if you’re often hungry before bed:

#1. What does your breakfast look like?

While many people have a tendency to skip it, breakfast can really set the tone for the rest of your day. Indeed, it is the most important meal of the day. After all, breakfast is what activates your digestive system. If you wait (too) long before having your first meal, chances are you’re hungrier later on – which can also result in you getting hungry before bed. Are you not used to having breakfast? Or do you find it difficult to get something in your stomach that early in the day? Try experimenting with having a bowl of yogurt, a banana or a smoothie for breakfast, and see how you feel afterwards.

#2. What do you eat in the course of the day?

When you notice that you’re often getting hungry before bed, this can simply be because your body is trying to tell you that it didn’t get enough nutrients or energy that day. This is most likely the case when you’re skipping meals or are not eating enough. At any given day, you need at least three complete meals. A complete meal means that it needs to contain a combination of the three macro nutrients: carbohydrates (including fibres), proteins and healthy fats. Aside from that, you can make these meals as simple or complicated as you wish. Depending on what your day looks like (or how much energy you need) you can add some snacks between those meals.

#3. Are you actually hungry, or just craving something specific?

Have you gone through the first two questions and determined that despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with your eating habits, you still regularly experience hunger before bedtime? Then ask yourself this: Am I really hungry or am I just craving something? Personally, I can get through a whole day without any cravings, but I always crave chocolate after dinner – and I don’t think I’m the only one! In this case, it’s better to just give in to your craving and have that piece of chocolate, instead of trying to eat something else that will not remove that craving for chocolate anyway. I know we should enjoy chocolate while we still can, so yes, I have a little piece every day (sometimes a big one). On the other hand, you could actually be hungry. Maybe you have been more active than usual that day, meaning you burned more calories and therefore need to eat a bit more. You should also consider the possibility that you’re in the so-called luteal phase of your menstrual cycle. During this phase, which occurs in the days before your period starts, your body burns more calories than it usually would – yes, even when you’re not active. This is why many women do not only experience pms symptoms before they start shark week, but also a need for more food and more sleep. In that case, it is perfectly fine to have something to eat, as long as you give your body at least an hour (preferably two) to digest it before hitting the hay.

Final thoughts

If you’re often hungry before bed, this usually means you’re either not eating enough during the day, or you’re not eating complete meals and missing out on important nutrients. Or you’re just craving something (and it’s totally okay to give in to that – with control, of course). That said, you should never go to bed hungry – you’ll only end up waking up cranky.

6x healthy snack bar recipes

In the journey to one’s summer body, snacking has to be sacrificed. Snacks… Those who are always there for us, those who never disappoint, and those who always get our moods up, how could we possibly just give them up? Well, guess what?! WE WONT! Fit Girls love their snacks and so they should. Yet, the usual go-to chocolate bar is not a perfect match with the healthy lifestyle, SO we need healthy alternatives. Luckily for us, there are many options. In order to give you some quick options I gathered 6 healthy snack bar recipes so that you can swap those twix and mars bars in for something your Fit Girl body will appreciate.

1. Apple-cinnamon fruit bar

Just look at it… ahhhhh! It’s calling your name! With its fudgy base and its sweet topping, it’s basically a healthy apple-crumble snack. How could anyone say no?!

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup Chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup Whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Canola oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Fruit filling:

  • 6 cups Apples
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Interested in the full recipe? Check it out here: Eating Well

2. Double-chocolate Peanut Butter Granola bar

No-bake, vegan, gluten-free, you name it! This snack bar will check the list. If you’re a chocolate addict and can’t even start to imagine a diet without chocolate then you’re in luck when it comes to this recipe. A double-chocolate HEALTHY snack bar almost sounds too good to be true. But no, you can make it in your very own kitchen. ?

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Quick cook oats
  • 2 cups Crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate chips

If you’re in need of this snack and ready to get prepping, here’s the full list of instructions: Averie Cooks.

3. Raspberry Chia Bar

This is a breakfast bar that tastes as good as it looks. With a jammy, sweet topping and a solid, crunchy base, this breakfast/snack bar becomes unavoidable during your fitness journey.

Ingredients:

Raspberry chia jam

  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds

Bar and crumble topping:

  • 1 cup Rolled oats
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cup Pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt

Are you a fan of the looks of this oh-so-good snack?! Don’t wait any longer, check Daily Burn‘s full recipe.

4. Blueberry Vanilla Greek yogurt Granola bar

For those who enjoy more subtle snack bars, this is the real underdog of granola bars. With just the classic combo of blueberries, vanilla and yogurt, this granola bar still manages to explode in flavour and kill any cravings.

Ingredients:

Bar

  • 2 cups Rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown rice krispies
  • 1/4 cup Shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup Whole roasted almonds
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Dried blueberries

Yogurt coating

  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Gelatin
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar

Prepare these granola bars at home and take them with you everywhere you go. Half Baked Harvest provides you with the easy recipe.

5. Blueberry oat bar

Here is another blueberry bar because blueberries are simply the best. This bar is however a lot fudgier than the previous blueberry-filled bar. This vegan, healthy snack bar is exactly what you need for those long hours between your breakfast and lunch. Grab 1 or 2 pieces from your stash, and get going. Snacking has never been easier or healthier!

Ingredients:

Blueberry filling

  • 2 cups Frozen blueberries (thawed)
  • 2 tbsp Ground flaxseed

Crust:

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 cup Gluten free oats
  • 1 cup Gluten free oat flour
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup

That’s it for the blueberry oat bar, doesn’t sound too complicated does it? And if the gluten free ingredients are too difficult to find, and you’re not a vegan, then you can just buy the normal products. Follow the recipe here: Petite Allergy Treats.

6. Raw salted chocolate snack bar

I feel like this list of snack bars NEEDS to be concluded with a final chocolatey bar. By the looks of it, this snack bar will do just fine! Bringing a twist to the classic salted caramel bar, a chocolate version is exactly what we’ve been waiting for all these years. Fit Girls, grab your cooking gear and get started on this perfectly crafted chocolate snack bar.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup Pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 cup Rolled oats
  • 8 whole Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 pinch of Sea salt

Chocolate filling

  • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup Honey

In order to get your hands on this chocolatey, heavenly snack bar. Check the recipe by Pinch of Yum.

I sure have a lot of snacking to get done if I want to attempt at tasting all of these bars.? I think my favourite is either the blueberry oat bar, or the apple-cinnamon fruit bar. But then again, all the others also fit on my top snacks list, the struggle is too real. Which is your favourite? Do you maybe have any snack bars to add to the list? Share it with us in the comments! ?

Are you looking for a long lasting list of healthy recipes? Check out the Happy Healthy Guide >

Chocolate bar recipe

Did you know that we have a Sweet ‘n Salty Recipes e-book? The only problem is that it’s in Dutch. BUTTT we are translating it at the moment and wanted to give you a sneak peek into what the book has to offer! Basically, the book contains 25 recipes for savory snacks, and 25 sweet snack recipes. Most of the snacks are made in such a way that they are healthy and easy to make. However, we of course had to include some of our favourite treats as well! We couldn’t just withhold what makes us happy! haha Now, in our newsletter we are going to share 3 of the sweet recipes with you over the coming weeks. Which is a solid enough reason for you to sign up for our newsletter, don’t you think? Wait no more and sign up HERE!!

The good news is that we want to share 1 of those 3 recipes with you right here, right now! Can you guess which one that is? Well duhh it’s written in the title… It’s the CHOCOLATE FUDGE BARSSSS!!! Now, let’s get to work! Here’s the chocolate bar recipe:

I made this snack all on my own with nothing else than the recipe (and the ingredients of course). What I mean by that is: If I can do it, you can as well! So, even if you’re not a culinary expert in the kitchen, don’t worry, this e-book will make sure that you can get your healthy snacks done and ready in no time and with minimal efforts. On a side note, I had a lot of fun making this snack (and the other snacks whose recipes I will be sharing in the newsletter), so grab your friends, partner, parent, children,… (!) and enjoy the making of the snacks as much as you will enjoy eating them.

Ingredients you will need

One of the perks of this recipe is that you will only need 3 ingredients! And all of these ingredients you will most likely already have in your kitchen.

1. 175 gr (6.2 oz) chocolate (72% cacao)

2. 200 gr (7 oz) peanut butter

3. 2 wholegrain rice cakes (you can use more if you like)

(4). Coconut oil to grease your saucepan.

Step by step instructions

1. Heat up the peanut butter in a saucepan that has a layer of coconut oil in it (to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the bottom of the pan).

2. Chop the chocolate into small pieces.

3. Once the peanut butter has melted, add the chocolate to it and let it melt as well. Keep the heat on a low in order to avoid the mixture from burning. Also, keep stirring gently!

4. Crumble the rice cakes into the pan, and MIX!

5. After everything has melted, pour the mixture into a square mold that you’ve covered in baking paper.

6. Put it in the fridge for 1.5 hours.

7. After the wait, cut everything into 8 pieces.

8. Leave it in the fridge again for 1.5 hours or more.

9. ENJOY!!!

There you have it! Your very own homemade chocolate fudge bars. I absolutely loved making these bars, it was fun playing around with all these sweet ingredients and making something fancy out of them. I truly felt like a masterchef. haha In terms of the taste I think I did quite well, only next time I will add in more rice cakes! Overall the bars were very tasty, I simply thought that the bars were a just a tad too chocolatey. Try out the recipe and comment how it went down below. Also, if you liked reading about this recipe and you’d be interested in buying the Guide in English, email us at community@fitgirlcode.com.

Are you a fan of following fun recipes? The more creative and original the better! Here is our peanut butter recipe >

While you wait for our Sweet ‘n Salty recipes e-book to launch, you can have fun cooking using our Happy Healthy Guide >

Chocolate cake with hidden vegetables

This is a very easy way to get all the vegetables you need 😉 Personally, I love to throw in vegetables in a cake because you often don’t taste any of it and it is super healthy! This cake contains vegetables, fruit and chocolate, what more does someone want?

chocolate cake

Recipe: Chocolate cake with pumpkin

Ingredients:

  • 10½ ounces pumpkin
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate
  • 3/8 cup coconut (shredded)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2½ tablespoons stevia sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Toppings: almonds & coconut

Preparations:

  • Cook the pumpkin and blend it until it becomes a purée.
  • Cook the blueberries and mash them with a spoon until a dark red liquid is formed, add this to the pumpkin puree.
  • Cut the chocolate into small pieces and place in a clean bowl together with the coconut.
  • Put the eggs in the pumpkin/blueberry purée and mix until smooth.
  • Add the spelt flour, cocoa powder and stevia sugar to the mixture.
  • Finally, add the chocolate and coconut to the mixture and put everything in a greased cake mold.
  • Place the mold in a preheated oven (356 ºF) for 45 minutes.
  • Garnish with some almonds and coconut.

Tip: cook the pumpkin with some cinnamon to get a delicious flavor!

Love, 

Maartje 

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Recipe: peach and dates cake

There is a reason for cake every day, but there isn’t always time to make one. This peach and date cake is perfect for days you don’t have that much time, but do have cravings for something sweet and healthy. Try this raw and vegan cake and give it a VIP spot in your freezer. Because boy, it is good.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:

For the cake: 

For the caramel 

HOW TO MAKE IT 

  1. Put all the ingredients for the cake in the food processor and mix it until everything sticks together. If the ‘dough’ is not sticky enough, add some water or 2 more dates.
  2. Scoop the mixture in a round baking tray and press it firmly. Place it in your fridge while you make the caramel.
  3. The same goes for the caramel: put all the ingredients in the food processor and mix it till a soft caramel is made.
  4. Spread it evenly over the cake and put the entire cake with caramel in the freezer, so the caramel hardens
  5. Decorate your cake with thin slices of peach and enjoy!

Enjoy!