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15 Late Night Snacks That Are OK to Eat Before Bed

Let’s be real…sometimes life just gets in the way and we can’t even sit down to have dinner until freaking 8 or 9 o’clock.  Or sometimes dinner leaves us unsatisfied and we just need a little somethin’ somethin’ before we head to bed…

But not all snacks are made alike.  Some do more help than hurt, but some can even help you sleep after you eat them!  In short, you want to avoid anything fatty, spicy, super sugary or caffeinated.  Capsaicin, which makes food spicy, can cause indigestion and discomfort, which will naturally affect your sleep.  Foods with a lot of oil or fat takes a while to digest, which can cause acid reflux if you lie down right after eating anything super fatty or deep-fried.  And obviously sugar and caffeine will do nothing for your sleeping schedule.

So here are a few late-night snack ideas that won’t keep you up but will help tame the hunger beast.


String Cheese:  One serving of string cheese contains filling protein and fat, so you feel satisfied after eating it.  One cheese stick is only about 80 calories and contains tryptophan, which also may help make you feel drowsy.

Nonfat Greek Yogurt:  Yogurt also contains tryptophan and protein, so it’s a great snack for before bed time.  Yogurt can also help calm your stomach so you’re less likely to wake up with heartburn or indigestion.

Sliced Apple and Peanut Butter:  Slicing an apple helps convince your brain that you’re eating more than you actually are, and the peanut butter also helps fill you up without feeling too heavy.

Chocolate Pudding Cup:  The creamy pudding is sweet and satisfying and doesn’t contain a ton of fat.

Baby Carrots:  The crunch of these carrots is super satisfying, and at only 4 little calories per carrot, this is great for big late night munchies.

Banana:  Like dairy, bananas are also loaded with tryptophan, as well as satiating fiber.


Other Snacks to Try:

  • Cherries
  • Almonds
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Avocado on Toast
  • Turkey Slices
  • Popcorn
  • Pistachios
  • Dark Chocolate

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13 DIY Snack Foods from the 90’s

rs_600x796-150430104629-CD20z_PVIAAfh6j OK, I know I’m a little late to the party because it’s already May, but I just couldn’t resist!

If you’re unfamiliar with this meme, here’s a little background: Fellow 90’s kids might remember the 2000 NSYNC hit, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (simultaneously the coolest and creepiest music video ever).


Since about 2012, a variety of memes and GIFs with Justin Timberlake singing the lyric with the misheard caption have been circulating all over the web, particularly during the last week of April leading up to May.

To honor the awesomeness that was NSYNC, I’m gonna take you way back to the nifty 90’s with this collection of DIY 90’s snack foods. From Dunkaroos to Sunny D, you can get a taste of your childhood with this snack-attack of after-school goodness.


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Let’s get cookin!

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Homemade Dunkaroos
Credit: Hey Wanderer Blog



Butterfinger BB’s
Credit: Glazed and Confused

Homemade Butterfinger BB's // Glazed & Confused


Ecto Cooler
Credit: Food and Wine


DIY Pizza Lunchables
Credit: Mommy’s Kitchen


Jell-O Pudding Pops
Credit: Delicious as it Looks

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops


Handi-Snacks Cheese
Credit: Culture Cheese Mag

back to school snack of homemade snack cheese (commercially known as handisnacks) with pretzels and crackers


Credit: Wheel n’Deal Mama


Uh-Oh! Oreos
Credit: King Arthur Flour



Dino Grrrahams (I loved these!)
Credit: Mama Gone Green


Dino Nuggets
Credit: New York Family


Credit: Sweaty Girl


Homemade Zebra Cakes
Credit: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


P.B. Crisps
Credit: etcrumbs



What was your favorite 90’s snack food? Tell us in the comments!



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Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

One of my favorite salad toppings, believe it or not, is chickpeas.  I love them.  So when I came across this recipe, I just had to try it.  Eat these toasted chickpeas in a salad, in soup, or munch by the handful.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas


1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 TB. vegetable oil

Ground cumin

Ground coriander

Ground ginger

Ground hot paprika

Kosher salt


*These are the spices I used.  I almost never measure when using spices…I just toss them in according to flavors.  But if you’re one of those that must have a measurement, add 1/4 teaspoon of all to get a good mix of flavor.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss chickpeas with oil and spices (except parsley) until evenly coated.  Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until chickpeas are golden and crunchy, about 30 minutes.  Shake the pan occasionally to allow for even cooking.  Let cool completely.  Sprinkle with parsley when plated.

These can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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