Full Disclosure: I originally worked on this recipe with the intention that it would make my child sleepy and help him to sleep better. While I am sure that it does contribute to the quality of his sleep, it doesn't actually make him calm and sleepy like I was hoping. It DOES sneak in some things I want him to have that he won't otherwise take. However, the name "sleepy milk" stuck. So, here you go!
Sleepy milk tastes almost like a vanilla milkshake. It was actually inspired by a treat my grandfather used to make me. When I would spend the night over there, he would fill a jar with milk, sugar and vanilla, add ice and shake until frothy. I loved it. SO, I used it to construct something equally delicious and significantly more nutritious.
First, milk. I use whole, because these little people need lots of good fats. Also, with all dairy I use organic and here's why:
- No antibiotics
- No hormones or steroids which can mess with your endocrine system
- Higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamins A and D which are in milk are fat-soluble - they NEED fat so your body can absorb them
Next, maple syrup. I really, really try to use grade B, but here's the truth. I ran out and Costco only had grade A. SO, do what you can peeps.
Add some gelatin
. You can read about the perks of gelatin PLUS get a recipe for another yummy gelatin treat here
Next, some probiotics - because we ALL could use some good microflora in our guts.
Throw in a little vanilla and some ice cubes and blend it all up. It froths up so nicely!
I mean, really. Look at all that glorious foam!
Pass it over to your little one and tell them to pack their bags for dream land!
Place these ingredients in the blender: