5 Healthy Midnight Snacks for Late Night Munching, According to Nutritionist
Despite our best efforts to get a good night’s sleep, there’s one crucial factor that all too frequently keeps us tossing and turning at night: We’re hungry. So, instead of resigning ourselves to raiding the kitchen for whatever leftovers we can find and eating them by the light of the refrigerator (we see you, ice cream), here's a deep dive of what the experts have to say. Here are the 5 best healthy midnight snacks that, honestly, we’d eat any time of day.
1. HUMMUS AND WHOLE GRAIN CRACKERS OR VEGGIES
They're packed with protein—three grams for every two tablespoons,” says Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a New York City-based nutritionist
Oats are a complex carb that break down slowly, controlling blood sugar spikes that might mess with your sleep. And if you find a warm bowl of oatmeal cozy and soothing, you’re not alone. According to a Columbia University study, the carbs actually work with your brain to release the neurotransmitter serotonin, which coaxes you into a tranquil state and helps your body produce melatonin for a restful night of sleep.
The complex carb factor again—a whole-grain bedtime snack will stick to your ribs much longer than a cookie or bowl of ice cream …as tempting as those sound. If you want to be really healthy, you can invest in an air popper, which pops the corn kernels with—you guessed it—air instead of oil or butter.
4. LOW-FAT GREEK YOGURT AND FRUIT
The calcium in yogurt helps your brain use tryptophan and melatonin, and one University of Pennsylvania sleep study, even suggests that it can help you stay asleep longer. Instead of loading up on sugary sweetener (which can potentially throw your blood sugar out of whack), top your bowl with fresh fruit and crunchy chia seeds.
They’re protein-rich and full of tryptophan. The American Sleep Association says they might make you sleepy for that reason, but we also love that they’re portioned and packaged for easy eating.