4 Calming High-Protein Drinks for Bedtime

 We talked about warm milk last month, as the classic calming bedtime drink; and with a gram of protein in every ounce, it also provides extra nutrients to keep you feeling full throughout the night.


But why stop with plain milk? Check out these ways to dress it up into the cozy cup of your dreams.



Golden Milk / Turmeric Latte

Turmeric is a ginger-related spice known for its bright orange color and anti-inflammatory properties. A teaspoon of turmeric in a mug of milk with some honey, vanilla and nutmeg will give you instant “ahhh.” Or, use this recipe from the Indiana Dairy Association.


Lavender Milk Steamer

Lavender is known for its calming properties as a scent, but you can also use as flavoring. Just heat milk with some dried lavender, strain out the lavender, then stir in honey and almond extract, and froth. Get full recipe.


Hot Chocolate

I mean technically hot chocolate is just warm milk with a little something-something, right? Here’s a roundup of our favorites, including orange, gingerbread and pumpkin spice.


Chai Coffee

Maybe go with decaf if you’re making this before bed, but we’ve always felt like chai tasted like Christmas, and that’s a great way to dream about sugar plums, no matter what time of year it is. Get the full recipe.



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By Rexanna deGruy, Ph.D.

Rexanna deGruy grew up raising chickens and Brahman cattle commercially, with a farming father and an agricultural-science teaching mother. Fascinated by the chance to communicate with people from all walks of life, she pursued a Bachelor and Master of Science in agricultural communications from Texas A&M and Texas Tech University, respectively, then earned her Doctor of Philosophy in AEEE (agricultural and extension education and evaluation) from Louisiana State University. She gained experience in research and marketing working for her alma maters and for Wiggins Farms, earning several publishing credits on topics including food labeling and activist marketing. As she looked for her next opportunity, Rexanna knew she wanted to work for an organization with great purpose – and she found that purpose at Dairy MAX in September 2022. She and her husband, Dylan, live in Baton Rouge.

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