Most people are aware that you should not eat late at night or indulge in a midnight snack if you want to stay healthy. Eating too late or snacking in the middle of the night can interfere with your sleep and throw off your circadian rhythm. It also tends to lead to weight gain as well as an increased risk for minor digestive issues such as heartburn and acid reflux when you lay down very shortly after eating.
Avoiding late night snacking is always the best, but sometimes your stomach has different ideas. Everyone has had one of those nights where they wake up at 2:00 a.m. to find that they stomach is snarling like an angry wolf and attempting to digest their spine. Trying to go back to sleep at that point is probably useless, but that does not mean that you should eat whatever you want. That chocolate cake might look delicious for dessert after a late dinner or it might seem best to just heat up that leftover Chinese for a quick midnight snack, but there are far better things to eat when you get hungry late at night. Here are seven healthy late-night snacks nutritionists approve of that will help you both fill up your stomach and fall easily back into sleep.