These Healthy Snacks Will Satisfy Your Late-Night Munchies

Whether you’re one of those people who have three square meals a day or if you have a hearty snack every two hours, you know what an effort it is to eat healthy. Though you keep your body fueled up throughout the day, sometimes you still find yourself craving something to munch on just as you’re nearing bedtime. Consider these healthier options when it comes to late-night snacking so you’ll have zero regrets in the morning.

Air-Popped Popcorn


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Popcorn is a great late-night snack – so long as you steer clear of the microwave version. Bags of microwave popcorn contain too many unnecessary ingredients and additives, which is why you’re better off air-popping your own kernels.

Regular popcorn kernels, when popped, are a great source of whole grains, fiber, and polyphenols. When you pop your own popcorn, you can lightly season it with a bit of sea salt, nutritional yeast, or cinnamon for sweetness.


Cereal + Skim Milk


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When it comes to midnight snacks, a bowl of cereal is often what people turn to. Turns out, these people weren’t wrong. But if you want to ensure that you’re having a treat that won’t betray your body as you sleep, you may want to opt for a whole-grain cereal that is low in sugar and contains plenty of fiber and protein.

Topped with some cold skim milk, a bowl of cereal would be the perfect treat before and after bed.

This next snack is also something you’re likely to have in your pantry already.


Apple + Peanut Butter




Having an apple with some peanut butter will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you full until breakfast. Try slicing up your favorite variety of apple and scoop out a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for dipping.

The fiber in the apple and the healthy fat in peanut butter are the key nutrients that will stave off those late-night tummy grumbles. Natural peanut butter should be used because regular peanut butter is chock-full of unhealthy fillers.

Fruit and dairy combos are great go-to’s for late-night snacking. Read on to see why.


Tart Cherries


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A quarter cup of tart cherries before bed would be the perfect snack to supplement your overall sleep efficiency. Montmorency cherries are the variety of tart cherries commonly found in North America. They’re not eaten fresh, but rather dried, frozen, canned, or as juice concentrate.

In addition to trace amounts of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep, tart cherries are also chock full of vitamin A and a number of powerful antioxidants.


Peach + Non-Fat Cottage Cheese


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If you’re more of a cheese and fruit person, then you might enjoy a peach with a side of non-fat cottage cheese for your next bedtime snack. This snack is full of protein and fiber, as well as the added nutrients of calcium and vitamin C.

Researchers have found that peaches and other stone fruits, such as plums and nectarines, can ward off obesity-related diseases like diabetes. Cottage cheese is also known for being low-calorie.

The next late-night snack doesn’t require any preparation at all.




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Nut fanatics can rejoice that their snack of choice is perfect to munch on long after dinner has passed. Almonds, in particular, are packed with fiber, protein, and Vitamin E. They’re perfect to have before bed too because they’re full of magnesium, which has the potential to help you fall asleep.

You can kick things up a notch by trying flavored almonds like wasabi or cinnamon. To avoid getting something with too many additives, try making your own flavors.


Whole-grain Toast + Avocado


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It’s a popular breakfast treat, but toast topped with avocado could also be a great midnight snack. A toasted slice of whole-grain bread topped with avocado, or two tablespoons of guacamole, will satisfy nighttime cravings without overloading on something unhealthy.

The avocado contains healthy fat and combined with a nutrition-rich piece of toast, it’s a filling treat full of protein and fiber. Breakfast can be enjoyed at all times of the day, after all.

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Chocolate Pudding

bowl of chocolate pudding

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If your late-night cravings have you wanting something more dessert-like, a single-serving of chocolate pudding will do the trick. One serving is just enough to fill you up and you can even look for brands that are made with minimal ingredients and additives.

If you’re not sold on the nutritional value of a store-bought pudding cup, perhaps you can make your own healthy chocolate pudding to control what goes in it.


Non-Fat Greek Yogurt + Chia Seeds




Greek yogurt is different than regular yogurt – an extra step in its production eliminates excess water, lactose, and minerals and leaves you with a tart yogurt that has less sugar and acidity that helps your body absorb nutrients better.

When topped with chia seeds, Greek yogurt makes for an excellent pre-slumber treat. Chia seeds are a superfood with a plethora of nutrients including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, as well as vitamins A, C, and E.

People with a sweet tooth might like this upcoming snack.


Baby Carrots


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If something crunchy like chips is often what you turn to when midnight hunger calls, a more healthful option would be a dozen baby carrots. Not only will they give you that awesome crunch factor, but they will also satisfy your hunger and nourish your body at the same time.

Carrots are a weight-loss friendly snack that have been known to lower cholesterol levels and improve eye health, thanks to beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin K.