Top 5 late-night snacks
Toast: There’s just something about a nice slab of toast -- buttered, of course -- that just hits the spot every time, no matter when you eat it. But eating it late at night satisfies a craving that’s so deep, you didn’t know you had it until you’re sitting there eating the best thing you’ve ever tasted. When it comes to late-night toast, there’s no need to get fancy with it. Jam and jellies, cinnamon-sugar sprinkles, they have their moments to shine, but not late at night. Nighttime is when the need for simplicity arises. This piece of toast is the one thing that will sustain you until the morning, so it shouldn’t be jazzed up. Keep this process as smooth as the butter that will soon be spread.
Cereal: Cereal is always tasty, but eating it in the middle of the night, in a kitchen only illuminated by the overhead light from the stove, slaps even harder than usual. I’m not talking about Mini-Wheats or Raisin Bran here. Those cereals are for the morning when we have to start our sad, adulting-filled day soon. I’m talking about the good, sugary stuff like Fruit Loops, Trix and Cap’n Crunch. I don’t know what it is, but a midnight bowl of cereal brings a certain level of comfort with it. Maybe it’s our way of feeling like a child again, or maybe, it’s the small trill of rebellion from eating something so unhealthy before going to bed, but a late-night bowl of cereal just hits the spot.
Peanut butter: This is an important mention in the late-night snack list because it’s so versatile. Hungry and need something a little heavy? Try peanut butter spread on some graham crackers, or slice up an apple and dip it. A little peckish and only want something light? Grab a spoonful and enjoy. If it’s not a super late-night snack, try smearing some on a piece of toast. If you’re someone who loves sweets, try melting some PB with some chocolate chips. This is especially good drizzled over some vanilla ice cream. Feel free to thank me later.
Oatmeal: I used to hate oatmeal. Now it’s one of my go-to quick late-night snacks. It’s such a simple snack, and it’s easy to customize to your likings. Mix in some fruit for a bit of a healthier option. Peanut butter thickens it up a little and makes the oatmeal more filling. A pinch of brown sugar and a drop of honey gives you a sweet little snack that isn’t just pure sugar. No matter how you buy it -- from the big Quakers canister or in the instant packets -- oatmeal is so easy to make.
Cherry tomatoes: For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to force myself to like tomatoes, so I can feel like a grown-up. It’s sort of working because I’m loving how easy it is to grab a handful of these little guys and eat them while I’m walking around my apartment. They’re filling and, if you’re someone that feels accomplished after eating something healthy, they tick that box, too. Who doesn’t like to feel good about their choices as they get snuggled up in bed? Plus, cherry tomatoes have a ton of Vitamin C, so they’re an easy way to help keep that immune system on guard.