Summer Desserts That Help You Sleep

Summers in the U.S. often consist of sampling delicious desserts on the porch under the stars.

To Celebrate Americana, we would like to share a few desserts we consider quintessentially Americana. These desserts provide a delicious warm-weather treat while helping to facilitate a Great Night’s Sleep!

Woman’s Day® magazine suggests skipping the typical post-dinner dessert in order to partake of the following desserts about 30 minutes before bedtime. This is the ideal amount of time for serotonin to send you into dreamland!

5 Summer Desserts to Help You Sleep

 Lemon Sorbet

Top ½ cup of Haagen-Dazs® Lemon Sorbet with ½ cup of dried cranberries

   

 

Hawaiian Banana Jammin’ 

Top 1 small banana with 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam 

 
 
Great Lakes Strawberry ‘n Cream 

Top 1 cup of cottage cheese with1 cup of sliced strawberries 

 

Buttered California Pear 

1 pear sliced up in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of almond butter

Our favorite young New York Chef recently took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share her preferred nighttime sweet snacks.


  1. 1 . She combines ¼ cup of cashews, ¼ cup of dried cherries, and 1 t. of cocoa nibs for
    a snack high in healthy fats and antioxidants, but low in sugar and without added dairy.

 

  1. 2 . She also recommends adding cocoa nibs to a citrus-based fruit salad to make one 
    of her family’s favorite treats. Simply supreme the citrus by standing the fruit upright, 
    cutting off the bottom and top, taking the peel off the sides with a knife, and cutting 
    the segments along the natural veins. Toss the citrus with 1T. of honey, 1T. of olive oil, 
    2T. of roasted cocoa nibs, and a very small pinch of Fleur de sel (sea salt). Vitamin C 
    isn’t just for breakfast!

 

  1. 3 . Finally, a granita without processed sugar is light and refreshing, especially in the
    summer months. Start with the juice of your favorite berries or late-summer stone fruits, 
    reduce by 2/3, and then season with lemon juice as you like for acidity. If the fruit is 
    particularly sour or the result isn’t sweet enough for you, add a few teaspoons of honey. 
    Pour the mixture into a container and place the container in your freezer. Once it is frozen, 
    scrape it with a fork and serve it with fresh berries or as a sorbet topping. If you have a heat 
    sealer at home for storing other foods, you can easily pour this granita base into a freezer
    bag, let all of the base settle to one side, seal it as is (it should look like a long skinny tube),
    place it in the freezer, and you will have a freezer pop ready to go!

 

If fresh fruit does not satisfy your sweet tooth, try tossing fruit in olive oil and a bit of salt. This little bit of seasoning brings out the natural flavor of the fruit and won’t add to your pre-bedtime sugar intake. No wonder our favorite young New York Chef awakens well-rested and with the energy to get back into the kitchen.
Turn out the lights with fresh fruit and preserves harvested from the orchards of the upper Great Lakes, fields cross the heartland. and groves in the California Valley.

Eat smart during this celebration of Americana and get A Great Night’s Sleep, preferably on Down Etc. bedding!

Additional Resources 

5 Worst Foods to Eat Right Before Bed 

6 National Parks to Explore this Summer 

The American Breeze – Tips for Refreshing Summer Bedding