6 Healthy Late-Night Snacks Nutritionists Approve Of

Katharine McEntee

Do you ever get hungry before bed? If so, you're not alone. The late-night tummy rumbles are all too real. To help us satisfy our midnight cravings without messing up our rem cycles, we reached out to Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for some healthy nighttime snack suggestions.

If you want to get your beauty rest, choosing the right snack in the late hours of the evening is of the utmost importance—Rumsey says that the food you eat before bed has a major impact on your sleep. If you happen to get hungry, she suggests a small snack, no matter the time, as "this will help you sleep more soundly and not wake up starving in the middle of the night." She further recommends eating "complex carbohydrates, or those higher in fiber, [as they] are a good choice because they release serotonin, which can help you sleep." However, Rumsey warns against caffeine (for obvious reasons) and fatty foods since "your body will have to work hard to digest [them], which can lead to difficulty sleeping." To make late-night snacking a little bit easier, keep reading for Rumsey's six evening-approved snack recipes.

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