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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Buying a retirement home is a big decision. And doing so before you retire is a smart decision. However, you’re also in a completely different place than you will be when you’re retired or as you age. You don’t know what the future holds. It’s easy to take our mobility for granted until we lost it. There are a few things you should look for in a home to plan for the future and whatever it may hold.

Many empty-nesters look to downsize when buying their next home. And this very well might be the perfect option for you. But first, consider how often and how many guests you may want to have over at a time. Will you host holiday dinners or want to have room for grandchildren to stay for the night? If you have a large family or one that is growing many couples find they want the room to host dinners or have a pull-out couch.

You’ll also want to plan ahead for the future when choosing the size and layout of your new home. Even if you downsize it’s wise to put wide hallways and a single floor plan on your wishlist as you house hunt. If either of you has mobility limitations in the future you’ll be glad to have such an accessible home.

The lower your monthly payments on your new mortgage, the better. But more ideally you’ll want to consider homes in a price range that allow you to pay in full. Again, keeping retirement in mind keeping bills to a minimum so that either one of you can cover all costs on one sole income could save you from hardship down the line. Retirement is very different from what it used to be, often many people find themselves needing to take on part-time work to get by. Keeping expenses well below your monthly income can help to ensure you can spend your retirement years enjoying life in the way you want to.

In general, when planning retirement it’s best to live below your means. Not only do you want to account for inflation costs but also for any unexpected large expenses that could crop up such as home repairs, emergency care, or car maintenance. Having an idea of what your future budget will be as well as your current one will help you make the best decisions for the years ahead now.

Buying a retirement home can save you money in the long run on bills like heating and electric. However, house hunting for the perfect home entails a lot more decisions that many couples realize. Remember to plan for your life both now and later when putting together your must have features for your new home.

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