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During the last week I’ve once again been reminded how important a good night’s sleep is. I’ve always been a sensitive sleeper and every now and then I’ve got difficulties falling asleep, especially when I travel or sleep in new places. Thats why when I’m at home I try to have a pretty stable rhythm, so that I would get as much sleep as possible. I’ve noticed that the amount of sleep I get influences my mood and body so much, that I no longer want to compromise on sleep voluntarily. After having a few restless nights, I value sleeping even more than before and wish to sleep well every night – and for as long as possible.
A nice bed and a pillow, and some pretty sheets are important when we’re going into bed, but there are so many other things that affect sleeping, at least for me. I’ve noticed that calming down and relaxing are the most important things for me. I’m a bit of a hyperactive person sometimes, and when that mood hits me, it’s super hard to sleep and I might fall asleep only in the morning. And that’s not good. But when I’m able to calm down and relax both my mind and my body, I usually fall asleep quite quickly and sleep well.
To get everyone sleeping a bit better and feeling well, we decided to share some tips for relaxing together with Familon. I’ll share two posts and this is the first one. And for the first part of the series, I created a menu for sleeping well. There’s chamomile tea latte, which is reaaally nice, and healthy coconut banana boats. Bananas, dates and chamomile tea are all known or their sleep enhancing abilities so I wanted to use them in my recipes. In my Finnish page (change the language from the top of the page), you’ll also find some of my favorite tips for relaxing. Sorry for not translating those, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the recipes! :)
Chamomile Tea Latte
1 cup strong chamomile tea
1/4 cup almond milk (or a handful of peeled almonds)
1-2 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
Steep the chamomile tea for about 5 minutes. Put the tea, almond milk or almonds, dates and vanilla in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Healthy Coconut Banana Boats
makes one big or two smaller servings
2 tbsp almond butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 cup coconut cream
a handful of berries
a handful of nuts
a handful of raisins
Cut the banana in half, so that you get two “boats”. Cover the halves with almond butter and coconut cream and garnish with berries, nuts and raisins.