Yes, you read that right. But don’t take our word for it – the original recipe is by the famous Dr. Oz. By drinking this smoothie before you go to bed, it functions to keep your metabolism running overnight so that while you’re sleeping your metabolism isn’t slowing down from 8 hours with no food. The combination of ingredients does more than keep your body burning calories, it also helps you fall asleep. So why doesn’t every college girl know about this?

Original recipe can be found here.

What you need

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (or use 4 to 6 ounces of soy yogurt. If you choose to use the yogurt make sure to add another 1/2 cup of fat-free milk)
  • 1 cup of tart cherry juice (aim for sugar free or no sugar added)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 5 ice cubes


  1. In a blender, combine the banana, milk or yogurt, cherry juice, and vanilla extract
  2. Blend well, until smooth

And voila! Make this a part of your bedtime ritual.

One of the secrets to the success of this recipe is the use of cherries, which are a rich source of melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep hormone, and also can have anti-aging effects. The natural sleep-inducing ingredient is the soy, which is high in tryptophan, an amino acid that will make you sleepy quickly.

What do you think?


  1. avatar Rebekah says:

    It’s spelled tryptophan, and you can also increase how much tryptophan your brain gets by taking an antihistamine, such as Sudafed, during the allergy season.

    • avatar Cat says:

      Sudafed is not going to help you sleep. If anything, it does quite the opposite, as it is a decongestant, not an antihistamine.

      and Melatonin and tryptophen are two different things.

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