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.
1) 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!
2) 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.
3) You should keep the snack small. This isn’t another meal, just a snack to tide them over and help get them to sleep.
4) 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 Quarter and 1/2 Slice of Toast
Apple or Banana Slices dipped in Peanut Butter
Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Yogurt Cheese Spread on an English Muffin
Cucumber Rounds with Greek Yogurt and Rice Crackers
Whole Grain Cereal and Milk