Knackered parent? Totally exhausted and struggling to cope with days that follow sleepless nights? I hear ya!
Newborn babies invariably wake up repeatedly in the night for the first few months, and disturbed nights can be very hard to cope with. As the weeks go by there are lots of reasons your little one will wake and this can result in feeling totally zombified the next day.
To help you with those early weeks and sleepless nights throughout your parenting journey, I share lots of simple solutions for Mombie/Zomdads in my new (ahem – no. 1 bestseller) book #WideAwakeBabyClub that have helped knackered parents over the years.
One of the favourites seems to be my Banana Bad-night-Booster so I thought I’d share the recipe with you today if, like me, the world has got you a little wide awake at night lately and you are super sleepy each day.
Ingredients: (makes two smoothies)
2 x Bananas
2 x tsp honey
2 x tsp cinnamon powder
2 x pint semi-skimmed milk, Soya, Oat or Almond milk.
Chop the banana and add all the ingredients into a blender. Add ice too for a real wake-up kick! blend until smooth.
Add more milk/Soya if too thick for your liking.
The clever bit!
Did you know that a spoonful of honey is nature’s equivalent of an energy drink? Not only is it a slow time release energy food, it’s also great for a sweet kick instead of sugar.
Banana is a nice, slow releasing energy food and the cinnamon gives it the taste kick that not only improves the body’s ability to utilise blood sugar, but the smell boosts brain activity too! This really is a clever little smoothie to give a boost after a bad night with your Wide Awake Baby Club member!
All of these tips and more feature in my book that helps parents to feel less knackered and enjoy the first year of parenting!