I remember the days when my older brother and I used to enjoy our evening over a bowl of kiddie breakfast cereal. We were nighttime cereal fans. For whatever reason, eating cereal at night was far more satisfying than having it in the morning.
Years later when I discovered that your typical kiddie breakfast cereal is nothing more than candy in a box, I decided to drop the habit.
“Adult” cereals aren’t much better either. Most of the stuff you find on the shelves is nutritionally bankrupt and nothing more than a Klondike bar branded as a health food.
But I’ve found an alternative that works for me — and if you’re a nighttime cereal fan as well, I think you’ll find this helpful too.
This snack is a gluten-free, non-gmo nighttime cereal blend that packs the pleasure without the guilt:
- 2 servings of Living Intentions Activated Superfood Nut Blend (White Chocolate)
- 1 medium sliced banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
It’s my go-to nighttime cereal snack and here are a few reasons why:
- Cerebral hypoperfusion (decreased blood flow to the brain) has been reported with celiac disease patients who eat gluten. Meaning, gluten inhibits pre-frontal cortex functioning. The research is cloudy when it comes to non-celiac disease subjects, BUT, here’s my point: There is no evidence that gluten provides a net-gain for a normal person. Therefore, I try to stay away from it when I can.
- Blueberry polyphenols increase BDNF — powerful little protein that stimulates your production of new brain cells and strengthens existing ones. High BDNF levels correlate to faster learning, better memory and a lower likeliness of depression. Blueberries also help muscle soreness and speed up the recovery process from strength training.
- Cinnamon is improves insulin sensitivity. Meaning, it will help shuttle nutrients into muscle cells rather than being stored as fat — this is a good thing and it’s how the hormone is supposed to work.