You’ve been guzzling down giant mugs of chamomile tea; you’ve tried a bit of guided meditation; you’ve even switched up bright screens for a bedtime book! You know that quality sleep, or lack of, can affect everything from your appetite to your immune system, and ain’t nobody got time for that annoying head cold, right?!
Bananas are one of my all time faves! Have you ever tried freezing one and eating it as “ice-cream”? SO GOOD! These little gems are a great source of potassium and vitamin B6, both which help to relax the nervous system encouraging a better sleep throughout the night. They also promote serotonin production (your feel-good, relaxing chemical!).
Almonds – especially the soaked kind – are a great little source of magnesium which is well known for it’s many functions inside the body, including it’s ability to calm the nervous system and aid in muscle relaxation. I could go on about Magnesium for hours, but let’s save that for another day so we can get to the tasty part, yeah?!
Cherries – excluding Dr Pepper (sorry!) – not only help to reduce inflammation in the body, but also offer a great little hit of melatonin. Melatonin helps to control your sleep/wake cycles, making it a star player in the quest for happy, healthy sleep habits.
Cacao – not that you needed another reason to love chocolate – is high in magnesium, which we now know is a strong promoter of quality sleep. HOLD UP! This isn’t permission to get out there and eat your bodyweight in sugar-laden chocolatey treats. (Fun police, I know!). Not all chocolate is created equal, and even the dark kind can sometimes be filled with hidden additives which may in fact stimulate you rather than calm you down. Make sure you choose quality, organic dark chocolate; or even better – make you’re own!
So. Friggen. Good! Great as a snack on the run or perfect for a yummy, super simple dessert; these guys won’t disappoint!
➕ You can use the same recipe (above) with cherries! Simply make your chocolate, cover your cherries, and line them up on a tray in the freezer until the chocolate has set. So easy! YUMMM!