This smoothie is not only delicious, but the ingredients can help promote sleep! It is best enjoyed in the evening, but not too close to bedtime. Eating or drinking anything (besides water) too close bedtime can stimulate your digestive tract, which may interfere with sleep.
Bananas are a great source of magnesium and potassium, which serve as natural muscle relaxants. They are also a good source of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which is a precursor to the neurotransmitters, serotonin and melatonin, which play a role in the sleep/wake cycle. Milk and yogurt are also a good source of tryptophan.
Cherries are an abundant source of melatonin. As mentioned above, melatonin plays a role in the sleep cycle. During the evening, your body will naturally release melatonin as it begins to get dark outside. This release of melatonin helps you to feel more relaxed, sleepy, and ready for bed. Foods that contain a high amount of melatonin can cause the same sleep-inducing effect.
* Remember to include the calories from this smoothie into your daily calorie budget.
1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
2 C frozen cherries
1 1/2 C skim milk
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!