‘Tis the season for giving, receiving, snacking, and then napping! Here are 5 holiday treats to hack your Christmas naps.
That cookie’s one crazy nut
The best cookie recipes are even better mixed with nuts like almonds and walnuts, which contain melatonin – a hormone that plays a role in the sleep and wake cycle. Baking cookies with these nuts can increase your melatonin levels and help you snooze with ease.
Cookies are also carbohydrate-rich snacks, which are great for increasing levels of sleep-inducing tryptophan in your bloodstream. Some of our favorite recipes include chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, almond cookies, and black walnut cookies.
The flavors of Christmas
Christmas tea embodies all the delicious flavors of Christmas, with the bonus of getting you just right for a nap. With a decaf option featuring flavors of cinnamon and clove, it’s perfect for a winter evening at home with the family.
Did someone say, oatmeal raisin cookies?
Oats are always a good go-to nighttime snack because they’re a complex carbohydrate, which is great for assisting solid sleep.
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Dark chocolate covered strawberries are a double whammy of melatonin and serotonin. Cherries are naturally high in melatonin, and dark chocolate contains serotonin to help you relax. Why don’t we...uh… throw some chocolate milk in there?
Try some treats with almond butter
Spreads with pureed almonds have notable amounts of magnesium, which are helpful for amazing naps.
The holiday season is well known for over-the-top rich desserts that leave you feeling too full and sugared up… but these 5 treats will leave you full and sleepy, for the perfect nap after opening gifts. Bon Appétit!