Bedtime Snacks: 10 Quick and Healthy Ideas
April 1, 2013
Blank Children's Hospital
Many active kids need a bedtime snack to hold them through the night, especially during growth spurts. When the weather is warm and the sun stays up later, I know my kids want to spend every waking second outside playing. Often when they come in, they will ask for a snack before going to bed. This is our top 10 healthy bedtime snacks as well as a few guidelines.
- Plan a bedtime snack 45 minutes - 1 hour before bedtime. This way you will make sure the food has time to settle, and there is ample time to brush their teeth!
- A good bedtime snack should have a carbohydrate and a protein. The carbohydrate will help boost serotonin production, and the protein will help keep them full.
- You should keep the snack small. This isn't another meal, just a snack to tide them over and help get them to sleep.
- Only give them a snack if they are hungry, not out of habit.
Top 10 Bedtime Snacks:
- Whole grain crackers and cheese
- Peanut butter and fruit sandwich
- Oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit
- Boiled egg, cheese and 1/2 piece of toast
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Cottage cheese and fruit
- Yogurt cheese spread on an English muffin
- Homemade granola bar
- Cucumber rounds with greek yogurt and rice crackers
- Whole grain cereal and milk