The 7 Best Late-Night Snacks

A red bowl of spilled crispy cereal

We’ve all woken up in the middle of the night with that late cravings that just won’t go away. Should you give in? The answer, which may surprise you, is yes. Contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing sinister about snacking long after the sun goes down – as long as you have healthy snacks to munch on and limit yourself to smaller portions. Here a few suggestions to help you get started.

1. Cheese Quesadilla – Sprinkle some shredded low-fat cheese, in between a couple of high-fiber tortillas (not flour!), then crisp both sides on a cast-iron skillet or indoor grill like a George Foreman grill. The healthiest cheeses have just 3-5 grams of fat per ounce.

2. Small bowl of oatmeal topped with a few slices of banana

Cereal is a snack that is craved in the wee hours of the morning. Instead of sugary cereal in milk, try oatmeal. The grains in oatmeal increase your insulin levels, which causes your blood sugar levels to raise naturally. This helps you fall back to sleep easier.

3. ½ apple with 1 ounce of low-fat cheese or peanut butter

Apple are rich in vitamin C and B6, both of which can help lower your blood pressure and reduce stress after…