I developed and named this Good Night Cherry Crisp because it contains foods that help promote a good night’s sleep. With cherries in peak season right now, it’s the perfect dessert to make and enjoy outside on a summer evening. Enjoy the sunset, relax, and then venture inside for a restful night!
Tart cherries, walnuts, and oats are all good sources of naturally occurring melatonin, the hormone our bodies need for restful sleep. Oats and walnuts also contain tryptophan (which you may associate with a Thanksgiving turkey and the sleepy feeling after that big meal!). Tryptophan is an amino acid that our bodies convert to serotonin and then into melatonin, making it a sleep-supporting nutrient. Our bodies naturally produce more melatonin in the evenings to prepare us for sleep, but foods that contain melatonin can help boost natural levels to promote a restful night of sleep.
So, if you’re looking to relax and get a good night of sleep (especially with the extra light out thanks to summertime’s late sunsets!), make this Good Night Cherry Crisp, stretch, take some deep breaths, and get comfy for bed time. Good night, and sweet dreams!
Original publication date: June 24, 2021
Good Night Cherry Crisp contains foods that help promote a good night’s sleep. When cherries are in season, it’s the perfect dessert to make and enjoy outside on a summer evening.
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