While late night snacking isn’t ideal, some nights you just need a little something. Thankfully, you can use your hunger for a midnight snack to your advantage. If you reach for the right ones, it can not only satisfy you, but also give you a better sleep!
As long as you’re making the right food choices, you’ll get a restful sleep and energy into the next morning.
Here are some of the foods you should go for the next time you’re in need of a pre-bedtime snack!
Cereal with Milk
Cereal and milk is a perfect balance of protein and carbohydrates, a combination that will help put you to sleep in no time! Protein contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which makes you feel sleepy and carbs help tryptophan reach the brain more easily. Just make sure to skip the sugary cereals and go for the whole-grains instead.
Peanut Butter and Toast
This is another great combination of protein and carbohydrates and would be perfect for those cold nights.
Parmesan Cheese Popcorn
Ending your night with a favorite movie and a bowl of cheesy popcorn sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? About two tablespoons of grated Parmesan, which contains tryptophan, on this light whole-grain snack will do the trick.
Applesauce with Cinnamon and Raisins
This is for everyone with a bit of a sweet tooth. The quick boost in glucose levels in these naturally sweet foods will reduce orexin, which is what triggers your brain to wake up and get more food.
Whole Wheat Crackers
Just a few whole-wheat characters can help you satisfy until breakfast. Spread some cheese or pair them with apple slices!
Hummus and Veggies
The chickpeas in hummus are packed with vitamin B6 which helps control the sleep-wake cycle because it produces melatonin.
Fat-Free Yogurt with Berries
Calcium in plain yogurt and B6 in raspberries and strawberries are a winning combination.The protein in yogurt will also make you feel full longer; just stay away from the sugary stuff.
The key with late night snacking is picking the right foods and keeping your portions under control. Skip caffeine, spicy or salty snacks as well as those that are high-fat and high in sugar. Happy snacking and sleeping!