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Lions’ Plate: Special Cinnamon Bedtime Drink

By Shannon Deady

Whenever I had trouble sleeping as a little girl, my mother’s special trick was a glass of warm milk before I went to bed. As I got older and moved off to college, the number of late nights either studying for an exam or hanging out with friends threw off my regular sleeping patterns. Soon enough, I became a night owl who had trouble sleeping any time before midnight.

To combat restlessness on early nights in, I always whip out this recipe of my mom’s perfect bedtime drink. Because I have sworn off cow’s milk, I replaced the main ingredient with my favorite unsweetened vanilla almond milk as a substitute, and I tweaked it by adding cinnamon and a drop of sugar for a sweeter and richer taste. I have found it to be the perfect simple drink to share with roommates before bed on a cold February night. It can also be made in a microwave instead of stove-top for those who live in dorms.

Makes: 1 cup


-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond or vanilla soy milk

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar

Stove-Top Directions:

  1. Pour vanilla almond or soy milk into saucepan, and add cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Cook mixture on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until all ingredients are mixed.
  3. Pour mixture into favorite mug.
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Drink before bed, and enjoy!


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