Ask a Nutritionist: Healthy Late-Night Snack Ideas

July 8, 2015
by Elissa Goodman for Thrive Market
Ask a Nutritionist: Healthy Late-Night Snack Ideas

I know I'm not supposed to snack late at night, but sometimes I need a little something to munch on after dinner. Do you have any favorite healthy late-night snacks?

We've all been there, so don't feel like you're alone in the late-night snacking world. If you feel as though you need a little something before bed, don't deny yourself. There's no reason to go to bed with a rumbling tummy.

A Delicious Warm Drink

When I'm sitting on the couch winding down for bed, sipping on a warm drink can really hit the spot. I like to combine warm almond milk and coconut creamer, with cinnamon and stevia. A mug of warm almond milk is so comforting, aiding in relaxation and sleep. The cinnamon adds flavor while lowering your blood sugar levels.

Try Healthy Stovetop Popcorn

Or make your own healthy stovetop popcorn, avoiding highly processed options. Simply heat coconut oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add organic kernels, shake 'em up, then close the lid. Drizzle the finished product with olive oil to consume beneficial antioxidants.

Another option? Sprinkle with protein and B-vitamin-rich nutritional yeast. This healthy topping has sedative effects on your nerves.

Magnesium Packed Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is great anytime of day, but since it's packed with magnesium, it's the perfect late-night snack. Magnesium helps curve cravings and promote a better night's rest. This tasty treat also provides calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Organic edamame is another magnesium-rich snack that's quick and easy to make.

Raw Veggies and Hummus

You also can't go wrong with raw veggies and healthy hummus. Hummus is made with chickpeas, which are packed with B-vitamins. These vitamins influence melatonin production, improving your overall quality of sleep. Raw veggies pair beautifully with hummus, in comparison to chips or crackers. Choose a wide variety, including raw broccoli, snap peas, carrots, cucumbers, and peppers.

Sliced Apple or Banana and Nut Butter

Need one more idea? How about a nut butter with sliced apple or banana? Some of my favorite butters include almond, pistachio, and macadamia. The healthy fat from nut butters makes you feel satisfied, so you'll be less likely to awake during the night, and the protein also increases your energy expenditure the next morning.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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