Should I eat before bed? Should I not eat before bed? There is so much conflicting information out there that it’s hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. So let me break it down for you and tell you what has worked for me.
The old thinking was that if you ate before bed, the food you ate would turn into fat while you slept and therefore cause weight gain. Well, this isn’t true. Eating more calories than you burn makes you gain weight, whether you eat those calories early or late. Of course, many people who do snack before bed tend to choose high calorie foods like potato chips or ice cream, but it’s the calorie content of these foods, not the time they were eaten, that causes weight gain.
Another thing that happens at when you eat late at night is that you might still feel full the following morning, which could result in you skipping breakfast. And I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, which is a fact! A healthy breakfast helps you reduce your hunger throughout the day and gives you energy. If you skip breakfast, you’ll end up ravenous at lunchtime and eat way more calories than intended.
So, what has worked for me?
Well, my workouts are typically intense, and my days can be very busy (thanks to 3 young boys and a dog!!) so there is no way that dinner can be my last meal. I get really hungry around 7:30 – 8:00 each night, so I have to have a healthy snack in order to make it through the night, otherwise I wake up starving. Here are some healthy nighttime snack options.
So in general, if you’re trying to lose weight, I like to suggest going to bed on a bit of an empty stomach. I don’t recommend stuffing yourself full before going to bed. Eat a light and healthy snack if you’re really hungry, and just make sure you aren’t going over your allotted calories for the day.
This light and fresh Tomato Basil Chicken is so easy to prepare and will help you stay on track with your healthy eating.
I personally love fresh ingredients over packaged ones. While I do use organic pasta sauce when I’m in a pinch, I try to use as many fresh and organic ingredients as I can when cooking. This Healthy Tomato Basil Chicken tastes amazing because of the fresh organic baby tomatoes and basil. If you haven’t tried organic vegetables versus non-organic, you really should, organic vegetables have SO much for flavour to them!! So not only is it better for your health, it’s better for your tastebuds too!
When I make this Healthy Tomato Basil Chicken recipe, I typically serve it over gluten-free pasta. Then I’ll add a nice simple side salad for a complete meal. You can also just serve the chicken without the pasta if you want to stay away from carbs at dinnertime. Or, another great idea would be to serve it over fresh zucchini noodles!! I just bought a vegetable noodle maker, and I can’t wait to use it!!
With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy this delicious Tomato Basil Chicken any night of the week. Leave a comment below if you try it, I would love to know what you thought of it!!
Healthy Tomato Basil Chicken
- 4 - 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 cups fresh, organic, baby tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
- Gluten-free spaghetti, cooked and drained (optional)
- Season chicken breasts with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Add olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the tops of the chicken breasts with half of the Italian seasoning. After 5-6 minutes, flip breasts and sprinkle with remaining seasoning. Cook chicken for another 5-6 minutes, until juices run clear.
- Add tomatoes, garlic, butter, and basil to chicken. Stir together. When the chicken is fully cooked, turn the sauce down to the lowest setting and let simmer for 2-3 minutes (or until pasta is done if you are serving this with pasta.)
- Serve chicken with tomato basil sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
21 Day Fix portion (without pasta and Parmesan cheese): 1 red, 2 tsp, 1/2 green