(A baby that actually sleeps, that is.) Speaking of our on-the-go lifestyles, it can be hard to shut down when it comes to getting some shut eye. I for one am on the constant quest for a good nights sleep. Turns out there are some foods you can eat to help you catch some Zs.
1. Tart Cherries – They’re loaded with melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone that’s naturally triggered by darkness. Studies on insomniacs suggest that it really does help. I buy ‘em frozen and eat them as a late night snack (with some dark chocolate, of course), but you could also try the juice.
2. Yogurt – It’s rich in calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan needed to produce melatonin. Top some Greek yogurt or fro-yo with fresh or frozen tart cherries for an even more potent sleep aid.
3. Bananas – They’re a good source of vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin. Tuna and salmon are excellent sources as well.
4. Almonds – A good source of both calcium and magnesium – two minerals that work together to help with proper contraction and relaxation of muscles.
5. Kale – Leafy greens are a good plant-based source of calcium, which, again, is needed for melatonin production and proper muscle relaxation. Use kale instead of lettuce in your salad, bake a batch of kale chips, or try it in this Sleep Smoothie.
2 kale leaves (about 1 cup)
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp almond butter
Blend until smooth. Enjoy.