Pink Sleep Elixir

1 mug
7 min

Trouble falling asleep?

I've been having troubles getting to sleep at night & I don't take sleeping medication as a personal choice so, as a registered dietitian I used my knowledge of the nutritional impact on our sleep cycle to come up with this all natural "sleep elixir". It is a GAME CHANGER

Here's why it works: The quercetin found in tart cherry juice has been known to reduce inflammation, muscle damage, oxidative stress after strenuous exercise, and contains a natural high amount of dietary melatonin. Some research shows that the polyphenols in tart cherries also improve sleep. Magnesium relaxes your muscles and has a calming effect that can sometimes help reduce anxiety, depression, etc & almonds are one of the best sources of magnesium (hence the almond milk). Warm milk is soothing but also contains tryptophan, calcium, vitamin D, and melatonin which all play a role in your sleep cycle.

Next time you are struggling to fall asleep, make this 2 ingredient sleep elixir!

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Rose petals added for garnish are optional

It is optional to froth the elixir but is more soothing to drink if you do

If you have a larger mug, add more juice/almond milk to your desired taste

Recipe details

  • 1  mug
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 2 Minutes Total time: 7 min
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Pink Sleep Elixir

  • 3/4 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Optional: 1 tsp honey for sweetener and rose petals for garnish


Pink Sleep Elixir

In a small pot, heat tart cherry juice and almond milk on medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Using a milk frother, froth the liquid before serving (optional)


  • The reason tart cherry juice is the main ingredient is because of the nutritional impact it has on our sleep cycle. Using another juice will no longer have it considered a "sleep elixir"
  • Use tart cherry juice 100% , do not use the "cherry cocktails" as it does not have the same effect
  • Drink 1-2 hours before bedtim

Nicole | nutritiousnicole_rdn
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  • Jean Jean on Mar 06, 2021

    I try it out I need help I can’t sleep well at night 👀

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    • Lou Lou on Mar 07, 2021

      Frances, Thank you so much. Very kind of you.

  • Nancy Nesbitt Nancy Nesbitt on Mar 06, 2021

    Is there another fruit juice that can be substituted for the tart cherry juice? I just can't handle the flavor of cherries. Thanks!

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    • Nancy Nesbitt Nancy Nesbitt on Mar 08, 2021

      I know, I know. Cherry must be a universal fav like chocolate. I can only think that I don't like it now because of all the meds I took when I was very ill as a 6-yr-old....way back then, cherry was the only flavor they had for children's meds - and not all of them were flavored.