I am an Insomniac ! Developed it a few years back… to read why I may have developed insomnia click here . Not being a fan of meds I tried some natural remedies and even wrote a post on natural cures for insomnia. Cherries or cherry juice was one of the foods I mentioned so, when I heard about the sleep-inducing cherry smoothie in the Dr Oz show I was intrigued and tried it. It worked like a charm … slept like a baby! BUT….!!! I made some modifications to the smoothie – added nutmeg and honey, both sleep inducers which make it a stronger, sleep drink and in my opinion a tastier smoothie! Here is my revamped version… I think it is delish, all natural and gentle enough for kids!
Magic sleep inducing ingredients !
Tart cherries or cherry juice : high in melatonin which helps control your sleep and wake cycles. It is made by the body and natural melatonin levels slowly drop with age.
Soy Milk : high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid. Also has calcium which induces sleep.
Banana : high in magnesium which is a calming mineral.
Honey :contributes to the release of melatonin and has been used for years as a natural sleep aid.
Nutmeg : has the power to soothe and relax muscles and induce sleep.
Put all of these together and you can nod off into sleepyland ! Sweet Dreams!
Sleepytime Cherry Nutmeg Soy Smoothie
Substitute the honey for agave nectar or skip the honey to make this drink diabetic friendly
- 3/4 cup cherry juice or 1 cup frozen or fresh cherries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Remove pits from cherries.
- Blend all ingredients together till smooth
- Enjoy a cool snooze smoothie ! Sweet Dreams !3.1http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2012/06/15/banish-insomnia-with-a-sleepytime-cherry-nutmeg-soy-smoothie/
Hope you liked this sleepytime smoothie ! Do you have any other natural sleeping aids or sleepytime remedies ? Do share !