It’s no secret that starting the morning with a smoothie is a great way to get an instant zap of energy (without having to rely on our fickle friend, coffee). But we recently discovered that switching up the fruits and veggies in our blend and sipping one at night can act as a powerful, all-natural sleep aid.
Let us explain: We already know that some foods contain tryptophan (like bananas), trigger the natural production of melatonin in the body (like cherries) or are a great source of doze-inducing omega-3 fatty acids (like almonds). So, it’s a genius concept—just blend these guys up into a super-concentrated sleep smoothie. We love to pack ours with cherries, almonds, kiwi, bananas and kale, then add some ice and almond milk.
Drink your bedtime smoothie 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep (any later and you’ll probably be startled awake at 2 a.m. to pee). It’s also the perfect time to turn off your computer, put down your phone and grab a good book.
Bedtime smoothies might just become your favorite evening ritual. Sweet dreams.