Medwatch-Nighttime snack options for kids

Medwatch-Nighttime snack options for kids

(CNN) -Who doesn't love a little snack before bed? Evening snacks can be fun for kids, but some choices are better than others.

There are a few important things to consider when choosing a nighttime snack for kids.

"You want to make sure it's something calming for the children, nothing that's going to rev them up," said Cleveland Clinic Children's dietitian Jennifer Willoughby.

Willoughby says you'll want to avoid concentrated sweets like candy. Also, steer clear of foods that contain caffeine, because it will excite them as opposed to winding them down.

Smart evening snack choices include foods with protein, because it helps keep kids full until morning: warm milk, a bowl of whole grain cereal, whole grain crackers and cheese or a cheese stick and fruit are good options. Even popcorn can be a healthy nighttime snack.

"As long as it's air popped, you want to go no movie theater butter, low on the salt, but that would be a good snack at night for the kids because it has fiber in it so it will also help keep them full," Willoughby said.

Willoughby says a nighttime snack can be a good opportunity to make up for any nutrients your child might have missed throughout the day.

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