Need a Nod-Off Nudge? Try These Sleep-Inducing Recipes
If you're needing a bit of help nodding off, the trick could be an added dose of tryptophan. The amino acid works to trigger the release of serotonin, which helps you feel calm, relaxed, and, well . . . sleepy. And believe it or not, turkey is not the only nor the leading source of trytophan — scroll through to see the best food sources of this natural sleep aid, with easy, healthy recipes to make at home before bedtime.
Soy: Vanilla Tofu Protein Smoothie
Soybeans have tryptophan, tofu is made from soybeans, and tofu is the base of this smoothie. What we're trying to say is, if you drink this at night, this might be a snooze-smoothie. A snoozie.
Shellfish: Gluten-Free Shrimp Scampi
Did you know that shellfish is just as tryptophan-rich as turkey and chicken? Try adding prawns to your zoodles for a lighter take on shrimp scampi that'll have you ready for bedtime in no time.
Seeds & Nuts: Apple Cinnamon Flax Smoothie
Skip the milkshake and make this apple cinnamon smoothie for dessert — the flax will aid in a restful slumber.
Soy: Roasted Edamame
Turkey and Chicken: Spinach Turkey Burger
Eating a turkey burger for dinner is healthy, delicious, and preps you for a night of snoozing.
Cheese: Low-Fat Mozerella
Try this healthier take on a bar-food staple to reap the sleepytime benefits of low-fat moz, which has the most tryptophan of all the cheeses.
Beef: Spicy Thai Beef Salad
Use the sleeping powers of tryptophan in lean beef by making this Thai beef salad at dinner time.
Beans: Black Bean Salad
Beans truly are a magical fruit — they can aid in weight loss, and they're a great source of protein. As if you needed another reason to love them, bean and lentils can help you fall asleep. White beans are chief among the snooze-inducing beans, so try this white and black bean soup, or this nutritious black bean mango salad, or any of these healthy garbanzo bean recipes.