Nov 9, 2012

4 Food Tips To Aid Sleep

  1. Fill up on omega-3 essential fatty acids: These are found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, avocado, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed vegetable oils. For more easy tips check out our article on how to get your toddler to eat more fish
  2. Give them protein at dinner: This helps stabilise blood sugar levels and prevent him waking three or four hours after going to bed. 
  3. Add zinc to their diet: Zinc-deficient toddlers may be difficult to settle so add sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini – perfect in Bliss Balls – and pumpkin seeds to their diet. Lamb and beef are also good sources of zinc. 
  4. Make use of magnesium: Imagine how you feel after a big Epsom salt bath – like your body has melted! Magnesium is a muscle relaxant that relaxes and de-stresses all muscles and aides falling asleep. Increase green leafy vegetables with a Baked Potato with Spinach and Cheese, or have a bath with Epsom salts and two drops of lavender essential oil. Encourage a longer bath if possible by reading their favourite book.
  Extracted from Woolworths Baby and Toddler Club.

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