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Healthy Evening Snacks for Kids

by Elayne Jassey 05/12/2019

Do you find it absurd giving your kids snacks before going to bed? You shouldn’t be because keeping the tummy full and joyful before going to bed means a lot rather than waking up so early like 5:00 am to get the belly refilled. A bedtime snack should be taken an hour before the child's bedtime because it will help make your kids fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. Here is a list of healthy snacks you can give your kids at night:

Banana

Bananas are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and tryptophan, an amino acid that produces serotonin that aids the body to modulate sleep and provides the relaxation your body muscles needs. You can enjoy this either blending it to get a smoothie or eating it just like that.

Oatmeal

Complex carbs have many health benefits and oats are rich with complex carbohydrates which aids in digesting slowly, stimulates serotonin, and this hormone helps decrease stress level. Oats are a great source of melatonin which regulates our sleep and wake cycle. So a warm bowl of oatmeal isn't a lousy bedtime snack.

Dairy Products

Milk, yogurt, and cheese are examples of dairy products, and they are rich with a great source of calcium which contains amino acid tryptophan. It induces sleep, helps in digestion, builds muscle, and increases your quality of sleep. A glass of warm milk or milk with cereals is also considerable.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a great way to produce the nutrients your body needs to fall and stay asleep all night. It contains vitamins and minerals that every kid need.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is rich in protein. It contains an amino acid called tryptophan which is converted to the brain as melatonin to aid sleepiness. It is more effective when eaten with carbohydrates like bread, and jelly, to help boost the tryptophan hormones. 

Honey

Honey includes copper, iron, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc and sodium. Taking a little amount of sugar before bed is good because it helps the brain function at night. Your kids can have 1-2 teaspoons or eat with toast before going to bed. 

Apples 

Apples help in relaxing muscle and nerves which speeds slumber. It is rich in potassium and magnesium. You can serve it with peanut butter or string cheese.

For healthier snack options or the most healthy portions of the snacks above, talk to your family doctor or nutritionist.

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Elayne Jassey

 

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Hi, I'm Elayne Jassey and in addition to my passion for real estate, I have a passion for my family, people, competitive games and Stamford! I have loved living in Stamford, Connecticut for the last 35 years. During that time I raised two daughters here and became quite involved in our local civic life. I was very active in Board of Education affairs during all the years my daughters spent in the Stamford public schools, and my early experience as a middle school teacher gave me a great appreciation for the strengths of the Stamford schools. I am currently a member of our Downtown Committee and I'm delighted to have participated in processes that have resulted in everything from encouraging the University of Connecticut to move into their new-in-town branch location, to bringing the excitement of the area's largest Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with soaring balloons and marching bands, to town. 

I suspect the greatest joy in my professional life is that I meet and work with so many different and interesting people. I enjoy my customers and I am pleased that I build close relationships with them that I maintain for years. These relationships have resulted in a high degree of customer loyalty, and most importantly many close and rewarding friendships. In fact, I continue to work with people I listed, rented or sold properties to when I first entered the profession, and now I have begun selling to the next generation in their families! 

When not spending time with my family or savoring time with my granddaughter as she explores the world, I love to play games. Whether participating in a hard-fought game of Scrabble, playing cards or coming up with the answers in word games and puzzles, I am energized by good competition and problem-solving. In fact, I find creating a successful real estate transaction is a composite of all the things I most enjoy. It combines the problem-solving excitement of detective work with the joy of matchmaking. Each new customer presents a unique set of needs and goals, a special personality and a sense of individual style, all within clearly defined financial strictures. Understanding all these factors and fitting the pieces together successfully is the challenge that makes the selling of real estate so special to me. And it allows me to use my considerable energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial spirit to work hard at meeting my own personal goals. 

People often say that I am a very lucky person. I agree. I live in a community I love. I am surrounded by family and friends, and work in a profession that still engages me deeply. And I've noticed that the harder I work, the luckier I am!