Naturally Curb Stress-Induced Insomnia One Delicious Smoothie At A Time
“One in three people fail to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what causes the average sleep loss in Americans? Thanks to the studies by The American Psychological Association, we know that “stress is a key player in sleep loss. Approximately 47 percent of adults in the United States report a lack of sleep due to stress, and 21 percent report that poor sleep further exacerbates their stress.”
Researchers now suggest that stress can dramatically alter your gut bacteria, which causes poor REM stage sleep, and adding prebiotics could stop that stress from interfering with your sleep. So how do you add healthy prebiotics without packing on the calories? The best way to add prebiotics is with natural sources like bananas and wheat bran is to add a smoothie to your diet.
Peanut Butter Banana Prebiotic Smoothie
This prebiotic and probiotic packed smoothie is great as an afternoon snack or first thing in the morning when you get up. The fiber packed in it will keep you fuller longer and from overeating, as well!
1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt, like Triple Zero by Oikos
1 scoop unflavored protein powder
6 ounces cold water
1 cup ice
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 large banana, sliced
1 teaspoon sugar free chocolate syrup, like Hershey’s
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
⅓ cup milled wheat bran, like Hodgson Mills
1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
2. Blend on high/ice crush until smooth.
3. Taste to make sure it’s not too thick to drink, if so - add 2 additional ounces cold water.
4. Pour into a glass and enjoy with a straw!
Add in some yoga nidra with your bedtime routine, and you are on your way to some seriously sweet sleep. You can try it out here: Yoga Nidra: For The Mind, Body & Sweet Dreaming Soul
- Romell Bhaala