Ten Healthiest Late-Night Snacks

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  • It’s not uncommon to turn to a little late-night snack while relaxing before bed. But to ensure that you’re eating the best things at night, focus on foods that are rich in nutrients and low in calories. Here are ten healthy options for late-night snacks.

    Whole-Grain Crackers

    Crackers contain protein and are healthier for you than carbohydrates. Make sure to choose crackers that are whole-wheat or multigrain rather than starchy and white. Small servings of crackers can go a long way in helping you to feel full – but not too full. For added variety, add hummus, low-fat cheese or a slice of lean meat.
  • Cereal With Low-Fat Milk Go for healthy cereal that contains fiber, which will keep you at the optimal level of satiety until morning. The combination of low-fat milk and nutrients in the cereal also give you a good dose of calcium, vitamin D and protein. Try to pick cereal that is high in protein and low in sugar, like raisin bran.
  • Whole-Wheat Sandwich Whole-wheat bread is easily digestible, and turkey is a good filling because it’s lean meat that contains protein. Lean protein will keep you feeling fuller longer without enlarging your waistline. To spice it up, you can add some tomatoes, lettuce, and even a slice of low-fat cheese.
  • Greek Yogurt With Fruit Low in carbohydrates and high in protein, Greek yogurt packs a big nutritional punch. It also keeps you full while simultaneously aiding in weight loss. Add fresh fruit for an antioxidant boost.
  • Dark Chocolate If you need a dose of chocolate, make sure it’s dark! Dark chocolate contains a good number of antioxidants, which can help you lower your blood pressure while satisfying your midnight sweet tooth. Dark chocolate also contains less sugar than milk chocolate. Make sure not to go overboard here – a few cubes of a chocolate bar should do.
  • Bananas On Toast This combination contains complex carbohydrates, which cause your brain to release melatonin, helping you fall asleep more easily. Complex carbs also cause a gradual rise in levels of insulin, which will help you relax. This snack is also good because it contains potassium and magnesium, which can help your muscles relax and promote sleep.
  • Low-Fat Cottage Cheese Like the other items on this list, low-fat cottage cheese is low in carbs and high in protein. It also has a ton of calcium. If cottage cheese on its own is too bland for you, try adding a couple of peach or apple slices.
  • Blueberry Smoothie When prepared right, a fruit smoothie can serve as a satisfying and healthy late night snack. Make sure to use low-fat milk or yogurt as your base. To get a dose of probiotics, try adding a liquid yogurt like kefir, which will aid in digestion. Blueberries will give you the added benefit of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.
  • Fruit Fresh fruit is a good thing to eat no matter what time of day it is, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Try pineapple, which is a sweet and healthy treat, or create a “berry bowl” filled with a variety of berries, and treat yourself to a handful at night.
  • Popcorn Popcorn probably makes you think of butter and salt. However, without the fatty condiments, it can actually work well to satisfy hunger in a healthy way. Instead of butter and salt, try adding cayenne pepper or cinnamon to air-popped popcorn. It's fairly low in calories and is also a good source of easily digested complex carbohydrates.