The Sleep Doctor's Sleep Slim Smoothie

Help yourself fall asleep with this before-bed concoction.

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Doze off and keep your metabolism burning through the night with this delicious smoothie courtesy of Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, the Sleep Doctor. Cherries are one of the richest known sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that recent studies have shown can also help reverse the effects of aging, while bananas contain loads of magnesium, a calming mineral. Lastly, soy milk is high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid. Sweet dreams!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or 4-6 oz soy yogurt
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

Combine the cherry juice, banana, milk or yogurt with fat-free milk, ice and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.