Sweet Sips: Early to Bed, Early to RiseSleeping is one of the most important parts of our 24-hour days. We spend around a third of our time in slumber, rejuvenating our bodies and minds from a day filled with thinking and moving. That said, the way we wake up from our dreams can set the tone for the entire rest of the day. And, similarly, the way we drift off into sleep can make a difference between getting a good night’s sleep and a great night’s sleep. I’ve thought a lot about my own before-bed and early morning rituals, and I’ve recently turned to two sweet sips that let my mind and body know whether it should be waking up or winding down…

When I wake up, I make myself an iced vanilla almond coffee smoothie to go along with breakfast. It’s basically just your regular cup of coffee thrown into a blender with almond milk, ice cubes, vanilla extract, a little protein powder, and almonds. When it’s time to get ready for bed, I whip up a warm cup of almond milk, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. The combination of flavors is extremely relaxing. As a bonus, both of these drinks use similar ingredients, so you can buy them in bulk and use the entire week.

Without further ado, here are two sweet sips that will have you early to bed and early to rise…

Rise & Shine: Vanilla Almond Coffee Smoothie

Vanilla Almond Coffee SmoothieIngredients:

  • 1 cup coffee, chilled
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (we love Perfect Fit or Isagenix)
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 5 almonds (for extra protein)

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes a smoothie consistency. Add more ice cubes if you prefer. Top with fresh coffee beans and enjoy!

Sleepy Time: Soothing Cinnamon Milk

Soothing Cinnamon MilkIngredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Pour the milk into a microwave safe mug and cook it in the microwave until the milk begins to foam. Stir in the honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy warm.

Try making these drinks in the morning and at night, and notice how they get your body in gear. These are also great solutions to try if you often have trouble sleeping, or if you tend to feel groggy in the mornings.

Will you try these sweet sips? What helps you to wake up and go to sleep each day?

If you give these drinks a try, let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Team LC

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