Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Or maybe your kids have a hard time winding down at the end of the day? Mine sure do!
Except for one…the baby. How does she go to sleep? She nurses and falls fast asleep. Mother’s milk is warm and has the perfect balance of nutrients to help a little one nod off to sleep. It is comforting and nourishing.
So how does that translate to everyone else? Surprisingly ice cream (the kind made with real, whole ingredients) is about the closest thing we have to breast milk in terms of its nutrient profile. It has a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
You could definitely indulge in a dish of ice cream to see if it helps you get sleepy. But I have a drink that might work better. It’s like warm ice cream!
Raw cream or whole milk is the ideal base for this drink. If you can’t have dairy you can use full fat coconut milk and add a little extra gelatin for the protein balance.
Egg yolks are added because they are packed with vitamins (especially B) and a little bit of protein. The cream or milk has lots of healthy fat. Gelatin gives more amino acids and protein. Plus the gelatin makes it all easier to digest. The sea salt helps you absorb everything and adds trace minerals. The syrup also helps digestion (sugar is easily absorbed) and gives balance to the drink by adding carbohydrates.
At bedtime you need your adrenals to settle down for the night. Having a balance of sugar, salt and fat will help your body accomplish that. You can also add a small starchy snack along side the bedtime beverage to really balance out the components. A couple soaked graham crackers or even a slice of sourdough bread are perfect.
This bedtime beverage is like a nutritionally boosted version of the warm milk you grew up drinking at bedtime (yes, there was some truth behind that). It’s almost as comforting and calming as mother’s milk. It tastes great too!
This drink can also be very helpful during the first trimester of pregnancy. Even if you can’t get much else down this will give you a nutrient boost and may be soothing to an unsettled stomach.
There is no fancy equipment required for this drink. Just a small pan and a whisk. It only takes a few minutes to make. Don’t forget to save your egg whites for baking. They store well in the refrigerator or freezer for a long time. I like to use them for making gluten free bread!
You won’t have to convince your kids to drink this before bed. Offer a soothing bedtime beverage that tastes like ice cream and I’m sure they will gladly oblige. Then watch them settle down and drift off to sleep. Mother’s milk is wonderful for helping little ones get to sleep. Now everyone else can do the same.
- 1 cup heavy cream, coconut milk or whole milk
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- 1 - 2 tsp. collagen or gelatin
- 1 - 2 egg yolks
- optional: 1 - 2 tsp. cocoa or carob powder
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Whisk to combine.
- If using gelatin let the mixture set for 1 minute.
- Gently warm the mixture over low heat. Do not let it boil or you could curdle the milk or cook the egg yolks.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy before bed.
- This can be made with just the cream, syrup and salt.