We’ve all been there. You’ve had a great day eating healthy whole foods and bedtime hits – and the tummy starts to rumble. What do you do if you’re trying to stay on track?

Don’t worry, a late-night snack can sometimes help balance your digestion and hormones to help you relax and fall asleep. Everything in moderation is essential.

We’ve listed some low-calorie, healthy and satisfying options you can reach for, next time the midnight beast roars.

SOMETHING HOT

A warm soup or tea can trick your belly into feeling full. Warm usually seems more filling that cold and the volume of liquid takes up more space. Try a cup of soup or broth to settle your stomach and not overfill you.

SOME LIGHT CARBS

Carbohydrates can release tryptophan in the blood which can help us get good rest. Try a slice of whole grain bread or some air popped popcorn.

FRUITS & VEGGIES

Any unprocessed whole food can be a healthy bedtime option. Fruits and veggies are low on calories and have lots of fiber to make you feel nice and full. Snack on your kid’s favorites: a stalk of celery or apple with some nut butter, or even a hot coco with some nut milk or low fat milk- warms the belly and is a perfect before bedtime snack for you or the family.

A LITTLE DAIRY

Dairy is a great option that can fill you up quickly and still provide nutrients. Yogurt or cottage cheese with some fruit is always an easy option. Or grab a string cheese and take your time peeling it one string at a time!

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If you’re truly hungry before bed, don’t stress and worry about undoing your healthy eating from the day. A light snack won’t kill you and remember drink plenty of water! A hot water with lemon is one of our favorite night time relaxation rituals.