Good health is vital to a good night’s sleep – and vice versa.
The foods you eat can be a powerful aid in helping you get healthy and stay healthy. They can even help you fall asleep fast and wake up full of energy.
Thankfully, healthful foods can be tasty and versatile. For example, that smoothie you drink every morning (or wish you did) can be made at night and enjoyed as a dessert.
With the right ingredients, you can make bedtime smoothie recipes that promote better sleep and health. Today, we’re going to share some non-vegan and vegan smoothie recipes that will help you get the best night’s sleep.
Absolutely. To get healthy and stay healthy, you need to learn some of the basics about food and how it affects the body.
Whole foods tend to have the most health benefits as they’re the closest to their natural state. They don’t contain any man-made sugars, salt, food colorings, starches, or chemicals use to preserve the shelf-life or enhance the flavor. Basically, they’re the exact opposite of processed foods (a bag of chips vs. an apple off the tree).
Processed foods have been treated in such a way that they often barely resemble their original ingredients, at least on a chemical level. And some don’t seem to have any natural ingredients at all, or the manufactured ingredients significantly outnumber the natural ones (hello, Twinkie!).
Fresh, whole foods contain powerful vitamins and minerals that have been found to:
Some of the best all-natural foods for better sleep include:
The list above is by no means exhaustive. However, not only will these foods help you fall asleep fast, but they’ll also help you get healthy and stay healthy.
Looking at a long list of foods that can help you get a better night’s sleep can be daunting at first. What are you supposed to do, eat a pile of raw fruits and vegetables every day?
While some people might be up for that option, there’s an easier one – a bedtime smoothie.
Night smoothies don’t have to contain a ton of ingredients or be complicated. Some bedtime smoothie recipes contain only three ingredients.
Curious about what to drink before bed to help with sleep? Here are a few easy options.
Adjust the ingredients to create a taste and texture you prefer. Combine in a blender, Vitamix, or NutriBullet.
Make sure to skin and de-seed the avocado before use.
You can use store-bought almond milk or make your own. Simply blend raw, soaked almonds with water. Then, strain through a cheesecloth. When you have your homemade almond milk, blend with the banana and avocado for a rich, creamy smoothie.
If you’re not a fan of sweets, you can still benefit from night smoothies. Simply stick to savory ingredients. Eating peanut butter before bed is a good idea because peanuts contain tryptophan, which promotes sleep. Additionally, peanuts boost metabolism, so you can keep burning fat even while you sleep.
Which is better when it comes to peanut butter vs almond butter? One isn’t necessarily better than the other. Almonds contain less saturated fat (0.7g vs. 1.7g) and more monounsaturated fats (5.2 vs 4.2). Almonds contain less natural sugar than peanuts, though the amount in all-natural peanut butter is quite low, too.
Both nuts contain:
For the most part, choosing the best nut butter comes down to a matter of taste.
While this recipe seems more complex than the others, it’s not really. There’s no chopping or peeling or anything like that involved. Just make some chamomile tea and then add it to the other ingredients, blend, and you’re done.
This smoothie – from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com – is made up of foods known to promote sleep. Every ingredient has a purpose – to help you fall asleep fast.
The wonderful thing about whole foods is that they taste delicious and have multiple health benefits to help you get healthy and stay healthy. Any recipe you make is not dependent on the type of milk you use. Both vegans and non-vegans can create powerful, sleep-inducing smoothies with the milk of their choice.
Choose a variety of flavors to please your palate, from sweet and salty to savory and tart.
Check out some vegan smoothie recipes online for better sleep and simply substitute the cow’s milk with a nut milk of your choice, like:
If you can tolerate it, cow’s milk before bed has its benefits, too. It contains tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes drowsiness. You can find recipes with cow’s milk, yogurts, kefir, and other dairy products that taste great and help you fall asleep. Some ideas:
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