Why a late-night snack can be healthy

Veggies + Protein

“Late in the evening, I always prefer veggies and protein, such as celery and hummus. My favorite is tuna packed with virgin olive oil and mixed with raw vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.” — Verena Stefanie, Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox Kensington

Fruit + Nut Butter

“My top late-night treat is frozen blueberries topped with nut butter and local honey. It's delicious, filling, and definitely curbs the fiercest sweet tooth.” — Mackenzie Rae Wickliffe, Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox Century City “One of my favorite late snacks is a banana with peanut butter. It's good for my heart and makes me drink water. Voilà, my belly is full again.” — Simone Tchouke, Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox Flatiron

Nuts + Seeds

“If I am still feeling hungry after drinking a glass of water, I grab a healthy fat option. My go-to is usually a small palm of almonds. Of the three macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins), fat takes the longest to digest in our bodies. The energy being produced from the almonds will take longer to metabolize, therefore we will feel satiated for longer. The same goes for seeds such as chia, pumpkin, or sunflower seeds.” — Chloé Levray, Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox Glendale

Homemade "Apple Pie" Filling

“For the base, I mix a serving of fat-free cottage cheese with a tablespoon of peanut butter. For the filling, I microwave three ounces of apple with cinnamon until the fruit caramelizes. I mix the two together for a nighttime snack that not only satisfies my cravings, but keeps me full for the rest of the night. I like this blend due to the casein protein from the cottage cheese and the fiber from the apple: Due to its slow-digesting nature, casein promotes muscle synthesis when consumed before bed; the fiber content of the apple adds to overall satiation by emphasizing food volume over caloric density.” — Sam Rothermel, Equinox group fitness instructor in New York City

Protein Bar

“Many evenings, I have a mini early dinner around 6:30 p.m., then end up eating a snack around 9:00 p.m. For example, the other night I had a Juice Press clean green protein bar with a big glass of water.” — Rachel Mariotti, Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox 50th Street