Sleep is quite enjoyable, and essential to yourself and your body. But perhaps you are having some trouble falling asleep at night. Perhaps you don’t want to try sleeping medications quite yet and are looking for natural alternatives.
Enter smoothies and juices that can help you sleep. Strange I know, but foods have enzymes and other properties that provide a multitude of benefits, so if you want to try something different from the classic glass of warm milk, give these juices and smoothies a try the next time you are tossing and turning at 2:00 AM.
Carrot and Spinach Juice
I thought I would get the nasty sounding one out of the way first, to make way for the ones that your children will actually like the sound of. This mixture requires carrots, spinach, and water, hence the name, and is chock full of antioxidants and nutrients that help improve the quality of you sleep. This one works best half an hour to one hour before going to bed.
- 1 carrot
- 5 spinach leaves
Just mix all the above ingredients together in your favorite blender and process until it is nice and smooth. You can drink the juice as is, as you don’t have to strain it.
Peach and Apple Juice
I bet this juice sounds much better than the last one. This sweet concoction is great in the summer when the peaches are nice and ripe, and the mint adds a subtle sophistication to the whole thing. All you need for this drink is peaches, apples, and mint to sip on in order to ensure you get a better night’s sleep.
- 3 peaches
- 1 apple
- 1 small bunch of mint
First, wash, peel and slice all the peaches and apples. I know it is more work than the last one, but I don’t think you want apple skin getting stuck in your teeth as you sip your drink while relaxing in the bath before bed.
Put all the ingredients into a blender and process for just a few seconds. This is to get everything to the required density so that you don’t have to strain the liquid. Alternatively, you can use a combo juicer-blender to juice the apple, and the resulting clear apple juice can be the base liquid for the smoothie, as explained here. As with the carrot and spinach juice, drink this at least half an hour to an hour before turning in for the night.
Now on to the smoothies that you can drink frothy and chilled, just like the milk that children drink.
Sweet Dreams Smoothie
Do you remember when you were a small child and you wanted warm milk to help you sleep? Although you probably no longer drink that beverage, this smoothie incorporates warm milk to help your adult mind float away on the peaceful ride of sleep.
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1/2 fresh medium banana
- 1/2 cup pitted cherries
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon honey
Tasty Stuff to Add:
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
With your high-speed blender, blend all the ingredients for about 30 to 45 seconds. You can also just blend until you reach your desired consistency and your required density.
Sleep Doctor’s Sleep Smoothie
Didn’t Stephen King write a book about someone called Doctor Sleep? I can’t remember, but this smoothie was found on the Dr. Oz show and is packed with fruits and yogurt and vanilla extract to give it that extra touch of sweetness. You can also have this drink while relaxing in the bath, as a nice contrast between hot and cold.
- 1 cup tart cherry juice
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup soy milk or 4-6 oz soy yogurt
- 5 ice cubes
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Like the last three drinks, combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. The cool thing about smoothies is that they are easy to make, especially on warm days.
Sleep Like a Baby Smoothie Elixir
We end on a rather magical drink, being an elixir and all. This one requires a few more ingredients than the last four recipes, but it offers a sweet and soothing flavor that goes straight to your taste buds.
- 1 cup lemon balm or chamomile tea or a combination of both
- 1/2 large ripe banana, or if it’s a small one – use an entire banana
- 8 – 12 fresh or frozen, pitted, cherries
- 1 teaspoon Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica powder
- 1 – 2 teaspoons of chia seeds (substitute flax seeds if chia seeds are unavailable)
- 1/2 stalk celery
The first step is to blend all the ingredients until they are smooth, but if you prefer a thinner smoothie, add more tea. About an hour or an hour and a half before bedtime, sip this delicious smoothie and you will have a relaxing and restful night.
Author: Sleep Comfortably