Ah, the bedtime snacks. It’s a time-honored tradition practiced by individuals from the time they are 2 years old to the time they reach their golden years.

If you’re like most people, it starts with a glass of milk and a cookie or two when you’re young, and then progresses to entire bags of microwave popcorn and a cocktail or two when you’re older.

The next thing you know, your body is packing on the pounds–working to metabolize all those extra calories–while you sleep. And then you’re overweight. Wouldn’t it be great if there were bedtime snacks that would actually do the opposite? You know, actually help you burn calories while you sleep?

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There are–and here’s a list of seven of them:

String Cheese. It might be processed, but it’s full of stomach-filling, muscle-building, metabolism-boosting protein and fat, so you’re more likely to feel satisfied after one 80-calorie stick than you do after an entire bag of popcorn.

Cereal. No, not the sugary kind. The kind of cereal you should eat must be the whole grain ones and containing metabolism-moving complex carbohydrates. You know like: oatmeal or corn flakes.

Nonfat Greek Yogurt. It tastes great and has loads of protein. But most importantly, it calms your stomach so you’re more likely to get a better night’s sleep. And the better you sleep, the healthier you’ll be.

White-Meat Turkey. In addition to the sleep-inducing tryptophan, turkey is full of protein.

An Apple with a Dollop of Peanut Butter. You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Oh, and the peanut butter will fill you up with protein without making you feel full and uncomfortable.

Non-fat Chocolate Pudding. Non-fat Chocolate Pudding delivers all the chocolaty goodness of the cookies you grew up loving at bedtime–but it does it with a lot fewer calories.

A Banana They’re sweet. They’re substantive. They’re loaded with fiber and sleep-inducing tryptophan. So why not nosh on a banana before bed?

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will get you started. Contact BeLiteWeight today for more clever ideas for losing weight while you sleep.