Sleep and Food Part 5: Carbs and Crashing (Sleeping, that is!)

Try mashing sweet potato with honey as a good bedtime treat. Along with whole grains like oatmeal, popcorn, or even jasmine rice, sweet potato is a good source of complex carbohydrates, which can help increase levels of tryptophan. A small bowl of oatmeal or cereal, whole-grain crackers with a little lean protein and low-calorie, high-fiber popcorn are good choices. Oatmeal is especially good, says U.S. News, because it also has plenty of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on sleep.  Let me know if it helped!  http://lulasforlunch.com/blog

 

Sleep and Food Part 4 – Warm Drinks

There’s a reason why mom always recommended that glass of warm milk at bedtime – milk, like other dairy products, contains tryptophan. “Plus, it’s a good source of calcium, which helps regulate the production of melatonin,” says U.S. News. Warm milk with a dash of honey is especially soothing.  Contact Lori at Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering if you’d like her special nighttime milk recipe :  http://lulasforlunch.com

Decaffeinated herbal teas can also help, particularly relaxing herbs like chamomile or peppermint. Many people drink teas with added valerian root, an herb that has been used for centuries as a natural sedative. Avoid caffeinated beverages, though; even small amounts of caffeine can prevent sleep.  What beverages help YOU sleep?  Chime in at http://lulasforlunch.com/blog !

Sleep and Food Part 3: Protein (or, The Turkey Coma)

Herb and Lemon Stuffed Rotisserie ChickenLean proteins are high in tryptophan, which increases serotonin levels and promotes good sleep. It’s the reason why we all end up in a turkey coma after Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t want to eat too much protein, or anything high in fat or deep-fried, but a dab of peanut butter on a banana, an egg on whole-grain toast, a little low-fat cheese on crackers, or a rice cake with lean turkey or fish can be satisfying and sleep-promoting snacks before bedtime.  Have you ever eaten protein before bedtime to help you sleep?  Did it work?  Let us know at http://lulasforlunch.com/blog !

Fall Is Upon Us!

Folks, fall is upon us. With the changing of the seasons I’ve been ruminating about our return to warmth and comfort food, seasonal veggies, and soups & fondues that warm our tummies and our hearts. The holidays are about to be upon us, and Lula’s would love to participate in your holidays with you. If you book your holiday party by Halloween (10/31 in case anyone forgot!!), we’ll be thrilled to give you 10% off of your food bill for any party $500.00 or over. Call 859-360-0251. In the meantime, please enjoy some of my fall favorites, and please ask about our new selections for 2014! Below you will see pictures of our Kale & Bulgar Salad w/Roasted Sweet Potatoes,  Curried Carrot Soup, Cashew Bacon Brittle,   Adult Mac ‘n Cheese, Greek Fondue with Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Shrimp,  and Creole Shrimp ‘n Grits. Fall and the Holiday Season is always a time we think about giving back, and though Lula gives back all year, you can find her handiwork this season at Tender Mercies and The Sister Accord. Just look for the beautiful and tasty food!

sweet potatoes curried carrot soup cashew brittle Adult mac and cheese fondue creole shrimp