Do you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep at night? Do you often wake up feeling tired and groggy, or find it hard to concentrate during the day due to lack of sleep?
Try our Chocolate Cherry Dream smoothie recipe which contains simple ingredients, with the addition of our Sleep NutriPowder, to provide you with nutrients and botanicals that will help your body to relax for a better night’s sleep.
Sleep NutriPowder includes lemon balm, theanine, hops, and magnesium to reduce stress, support relaxation and mental and physical wellbeing, and help to maintain healthy sleep.
The last thing you want to do at the end of a hard day is to make a complicated smoothie with 20 different ingredients. With that in mind, we aimed to create a smoothie that can support blood sugar levels, whilst keeping it simple, light on the stomach, yet delicious!
Simply add the following ingredients together in a blender, blitz, serve and enjoy!
- 60g frozen cherries
- 1 level teaspoon cacao powder
- 1 level teaspoon of cashew butter
- 150ml almond milk
- 1 level teaspoon of Sleep NutriPowder
Cherries form the base of our recipe, whilst Sleep NutriPowder also provides Montmorency and Acerola cherries which are rich sources of antioxidants, including vitamin C, carotenoids, flavonoids and anthocyanins, which contribute to normal cognitive function and have been used to aid sleep. They are a great source of carbohydrates, which may help the synthesis of melatonin, our sleep hormone, and help create a naturally sweet flavour, which compliments that malty, savoury taste from the hops.
If we ever needed an excuse to add in a bit of ‘chocolateness, cacao powder is great because of its magnesium content. Magnesium offers so many incredible benefits, contributing to normal functioning of the nervous system and normal psychological function which is beneficial for a calming sleep.
We also added almond milk and cashew butter which naturally contains the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor for our sleep hormone, melatonin. The creaminess of these two together, combined with the richness of cacao and subtle sweetness of the cherries, gives it that comforting, indulgent feeling we all want at the end of a long day, making it the ideal drink to help drift off and enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep! This is also a great recipe to use if the natural taste of the ingredients within Sleep NutriPowder is a bit too strong for you.
Enjoy the smoothie after dinner for a sweet treat and to help you relax in the evening, or up to 1h before bed.