Late-night snacks that are actually good for you

Roasted red bell pepper hummus with mint. — Zester Daily/Reuters pic
Roasted red bell pepper hummus with mint. — Zester Daily/Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, March 25 — It never feels good to go to bed hungry, and sometimes we want that little something to munch after a long day.

However, instead of opening up that pack of sour cream and onion chips, there are plenty of healthy and yummy snacks that won’t make you feel guilty the next day — and will actually help you sleep better, too.

Sure, the taste may take some getting used to, but your body will thank you for it.

Hummus

Swap out tortilla chips and salsa for some whole-wheat crackers and hummus. The fibre and protein in this snack will fill you up, plus the chickpeas in hummus contain tryptophan, which naturally induces sleep.

Non-fat Greek yoghurt

Forget ice cream — dive into a small bowl of Greek yoghurt, instead. It’s full of good fat, protein and tryptophan, and contains probiotics that helps your digestive system function properly so you won’t wake up with indigestion.

Apple with peanut butter

High-fibre fruits such as apples are great bedtime snacks. If you’re not too fond of fruits here’s a little hack: Make a dip out of peanut butter (or any nut butter, really). It not only makes for a delicious, almost dessert-y treat, the combination of fibre and protein will satisfy and prep you for bed. (Interestingly, apples have also been known to perk you up in the morning — giving you the same buzz as a small cup of coffee.)

Avocado and egg toast

Missed dinner due to work and want a substantial-yet-healthy snack before you hit the sack? Whip yourself up a wholesome open-faced sandwich made of whole-wheat toast topped with a little avocado and one hard-boiled egg. It will satiate you by giving you the necessary carbohydrates, proteins, fibre and healthy fat your body needs while helping you sleep well.

High-fibre, whole-grain cereal and milk

Hang on, you say, isn’t cereal a breakfast food? Doesn’t it perk you up? Well, those that are high in simple sugars such as the chocolate coated options or those coated with liberal amounts of sugar or honey can disrupt your sleep patterns. Which is why you should opt for a high-fibre, whole-grain cereal for a good night’s rest, instead. — TODAY