If you're fond of midnight snacking, you might as well use it to get quality sleep and help your body recharge for a new day. Delicious sleep-inducing snacks will surely help you get some zzz's in no time and have sweet dreams while at it.
Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip (Two Peas & Their Pod)
According to experts, honey contains natural sugar that raises insulin and allows tryptophan to enter the brain more easily, helping one get sleepy easier. If you're not keen on eating a spoonful of honey before going to bed, you might want to try this Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod.
"Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip-this healthy three ingredient dip only takes five minutes to make and is always a hit!"
- 1 (6 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 3 teaspoons honey
Tapioca Pudding (Simply Recipes)
Aside from honey, sleep-inducing tryptophan can also be found in dairy products including milk. If a glass of milk is not enough to curb your hunger at night, this Tapioca Pudding from Simply Recipes will surely do the trick. Make this recipe extra healthy by substituting Stevia for regular sugar.
"One of our favorite desserts growing up! This tapioca pudding recipe uses small pearl tapioca, milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla."
- 1/2 cup small pearl tapioca (you can usually find it in the baking section of the grocery store, do not use instant tapioca)
- 3 cups whole milk (or skim milk with cream added)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Simple Hummus Without Tahini (The Wholesome Dish)
Another good source of tryptophan are chickpeas. And though snacking on a bowl of plain chickpeas may not sound that appetizing, a bowl of good hummus is a different story. The Wholesome Dish has a recipe called Simple Hummus Without Tahini. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make!
"This simple hummus without tahini takes 5 minutes to prepare, uses common ingredients, and is so much cheaper than the packaged stuff."
- 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- 2 to 4 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
If you're trying to stay away from preservatives and additives, use dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas. Just be sure to soak them in water overnight before using.
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