Want to know what to eat when you've got the late-night munchies? We've got you covered...
When the nights are warm and the air feels like blankets, I find myself stirring in the middle of the night. Like I’m sure you are, when I wake up, I’m ravenous and won’t be able to rest until I’ll fulfilled my snacking quota.
But our mothers have always told us to stay away from snacking in the middle of the night. However, as long as you’re avoiding the big disturbers (cheese, chocolate and caffeine), there’s still some good snacks left to eat in the later hours.
1. Hummus and veggies
When you think of midnight snacking your mental conveyor belt sweeps sandwiches filled with pizza and cakes within cakes. But why do we have to give in to temptation with our snacking? The chickpea content of hummus compliments the production of melatonin, which is the chemical that controls your sleep cycles.
Grab a spoon because yoghurt is back on the menu. It’s a top source of calcium and works as a natural muscle relaxant meaning you can drift off deeply into your dreams with a happy tummy. In fact, this is true of any dairy product.
These red orbs of natural goodness are the ideal snacking accomplice because, for one they’re delicious, and two, they’re choked full of the carbohydrates the reset your circadian clock which regulates the right amount of sleep for your body. If you treat cherries well, they’ll return the favour.
A strange one just before bed but this breakfast staple can be customised as far as your imagination will allow and helps produce all those great sleep-inducing chemicals. Don’t eat too much, mind you, nurturing a milk belly is not a lot of fun when you need to sleep.
5. Peanut Butter
Bread, by all standards, is the food stuff of the gods. Infinitely versatile and best toasted, slapping some peanut butter on a slice can do wonders for your sleep. Plenty of magnesium and sleep-inducing carbs in this one so tuck in!
Foods like pretzels and corn crisps have a high glycemic index. After eating these savoury snacks, your blood sugar will spike which shortens the time it takes to fall asleep!