Dr Oz Sleep Recipes: Sleepytime Popsicles & Summertime Meatloaf

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Dr Oz Sleep Recipes: Sleepytime Popsicles & Summertime Meatloaf

By on July 29, 2013

Dr Oz: Gelatin Recipes For Sleep

Do you get too hot to rest at night? How can you cool down so you can get a good night’s sleep? Many have said that heat is one of the biggest problems you face in getting enough sleep. But could there be a simple solution? Dr Oz said that gelatin is a secret sleep aid to beat the heat.

Dr Oz: Too Hot To Sleep

Dr Oz Sleep Recipes: Sleepytime Popsicles & Summertime Meatloaf

Dr Oz shared sleep recipes using the amino acid glycine, found in gelatin, including Sleepytime Popsicles, Summer Meatloaf, and a Sleep Cooley treat.

Gelatin is cheap and natural, so how does it work to help us sleep better? Dr Oz enlisted viewer Brittany to explain how the body’s temperature changes. It should be higher during the day when you are awake, and lower at night when you are asleep.

The body temperature should slowly decrease as it gets closer to your bedtime. You might even be cold while you are asleep. Your body will naturally start to heat up once again before you wake up.

In the summer, hotter temperatures can throw the pattern off and prevent your brain from cooling down. That’s where gelatin comes. It contains glycine, a natural amino acid, which helps the body properly regulate a cooler temperature.

Dr Oz: Glycine Regulates Body Temperature

Studies have proven that glycine in gelatin has an impact on regulating body temperature and related sleep patterns. Take two packets of gelatin and mix them up in something like drinking water. Brittany was not bothered by the taste, but she thought the smell was gross.

That’s where Dr Oz viewers got creative, with dishes such as Sleepytime No-Drip Popsicles.

Dr Oz Sleep Recipes: Sleepytime No-Drip Popsicles Recipe Ingredients

Bananas and orange juice contain magnesium, which will help you relax at night before going to sleep.

  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 3 envelopes Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 small Banana
  • 1/2 cup Plain Yogurt

Dr Oz: Sleepytime No-Drip Popsicles Recipe Ingredients

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix well.
  2. Pour contents into a popsicle mold.
  3. Freeze eight hours or overnight.
  4. If you have trouble removing the popsicles from the mold, run it under warm water for 15 seconds to loosen the contents.

Dr Oz: Summertime Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients

There are all types of ways to make meatloaf, but who would have thought to put gelatin in the mix? It actually holds it together well, according to another viewer.

  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Turkey Breast
  • 16 oz Chunky Salsa
  • 2 envelopes Gelatin
  • Warm Water

Dr Oz: Summertime Meatloaf Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine gelatin with around four teaspoons of warm water.
  3. Mix the gelatin with meat and salsa in a mixing bowl.
  4. Transfer meatloaf to a 9×13 baking dish and cook 45 minutes, to an internal temperature of 160 F.

Dr Oz: Summer Sleep Cooley Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Tart Cherry Juice
  • 3 envelopes Gelatin
  • 3/4 cup Blueberries

Dr Oz: Summer Sleep Cooley Recipe Directions

  1. Mix gelatin, blueberries, and juice in a blender.
  2. Add ice if desired.

You could also mix bananas with gelatin and freeze them in fun-shaped ice cube trays for a fun and sleep-friendly snack.

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