Baking and holidays go hand in hand. There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies or pie in the house on a cold winter night. While you’re compiling your list of must-make desserts, why not bake a few treats that promote healthy restorative sleep? We’ve put together our list of goodies that taste great, and can help make you feel tired so you get to sleep fast.
Cookies with Nuts
Some of the best cookie recipes are made even better by adding some nuts to the mix. Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain melatonin, a hormone that plays a role in the sleep and wake cycle. Baking cookies with these nuts in them 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.
Christmas tea embodies all the delicious flavors of Christmas, with the added bonus of getting you in the right mood for sleep. With a decaf option featuring flavors of cinnamon and clove, it’s perfect for a winter evening at home with the family.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oats are always a good go-to nighttime snack because oats are a complex carbohydrate, which is great for assisting solid sleep.
Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
This treat is a double whammy of melatonin and serotonin. Cherries are naturally high in melatonin, and dark chocolate contains serotonin, which can help you relax. Note that milk chocolate doesn’t contain this neurotransmitter, and can actually keep you feeling awake.
Treats with Almond Butter
Spreads with pureed almonds have notable amounts of magnesium, which is helpful for quality sleep. Treats like these healthy chocolate chip almond butter oatmeal cookies are a delicious alternative to a typical sugar-filled treat.
The holiday season is often full of over-the-top rich desserts that leave you feeling too full or sugared up. These 5 treats are on the healthier side of the spectrum and all contain ingredients that promote sleepiness. Happy baking!