11 healthy late night snacks to eat
Do you find yourself getting hungry and wanting to munch on something at night? There's nothing wrong with having a midnight snack if you're hungry, as long as you do it right and pick healthy options rather than junk foods.
11 healthy snacks to eat late at night
1. Plain Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is packed with protein, calcium, and probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help you build a healthy gut microbiome, which can affect everything from your digestion to your immunity.
Top your bowl of greek yogurt with some cherries for added benefits. Cherries may help promote better sleep because they contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
Edamame is a low-calorie source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Kaidanian suggests steaming or microwaving edamame pods and seasoning them with a drizzle of lemon juice or soy sauce. She says you can also eat them roasted, if you prefer munching on something crunchy.
4. A date with a handful of walnuts
Walnuts contain healthy fats and protein whereas dates contain nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber. A handful of walnuts can be pretty filling and eating a fresh or dried date with it can help satisfy your sweet tooth. However, both dates and walnuts are high in calories so be careful not to over indulge.
5. Roasted chickpeas
"If you are craving something crunchy and salty try roasted chickpeas over potato chips," says Kaidanian. You can season them with salt and spices, per your preferences. Chickpeas are a good source of protein and fiber and they also offer several vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and vitamin A. Alternatively, Kaidanian also suggests roasted fava beans.
6. Roasted pistachios
Pistachios are a good source of healthy, unsaturated fats, which are linked to lower cholesterol and better heart health. These nuts also contain nutrients like vitamin B6, vitamin E, protein, and antioxidants. Kaidanian suggests oven roasting them in the shell before you eat them, to give them that extra crunch.
Oats are a fiber-rich grain that are linked to lower cholesterol, better blood sugar control, and reduced risk of cancer and heart disease. Kaidanian suggests cooking the oats with water and adding chia seeds to them, to bump up the nutrition content.
8. Air-popped popcorn
Popcorn is actually a whole grain that is rich in fiber and nutrition. While store-bought varieties of popcorn are loaded with salt, unhealthy chemicals, and saturated fats, homemade popcorn makes for a healthy and nutritious snack. Kaidanian suggests seasoning the popcorn to your tastes; you can add olive oil, a dash of salt, and seasonings like basil, paprika, or turmeric to it, for instance.
9. A handful of olives
While olive oil is considered healthy, whole olives are in fact healthier, since some of the nutrients are lost while processing them into oil. Olives are a rich source of healthy unsaturated fats and they also contain vitamin E and several phytochemicals, which are plant compounds with antioxidant properties. Green olives are less ripe when they are picked and have a lower fat content than black olives, which are picked at a more mature stage.
10. Hummus with veggies
Made of chickpeas, hummus is a protein-rich snack that is quite filling. You can use store-bought hummus or make your own at home, with some olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, yogurt, salt, and spices. Pair it with carrots or other veggies of your choice, to add more fiber and nutrition to your meal.
11. Nut butter with fruits
Nut butters contain protein and healthy fats. You can pick a nut butter of your choice and pair it with fruits like apple, banana, or berries. Try adding a dash of cinnamon to it for more flavor. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce cholesterol levels; it may also help improve blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes