Soup to Help You Sleep

You know what you eat and drink can affect getting a good night’s sleep. Too much caffeine or alcohol can keep you up, as well as eating spicy food before you go to bed. While you might eventually lose sleep with a baby at home, to prepare for that, you want to stay as rested as you can.

What if you could eat things that would make you sleep better? Studies have shown that the nutrients in certain grains and lean proteins such as chick peas and fish will lead to a more restful night’s sleep. Try this French Onion Soup recipe for a hearty, healthy meal in the evening.

Quick French Onion Soup


  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced

  • 2 cups of chopped spring onions or leeks, whites and light green parts only

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or ¼ teaspoon dried

  • ¼ cup dry sherry (the wine, not the cooking sherry)

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 3 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

  • ¼ cup minced fresh chives, or scallions

  • 6 slices whole-wheat country bread

  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or fontina cheese

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sweet onions and stir to coat. Cover, reduce heat slightly, and cook, stirring often, until softened and starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add spring onions or leeks, garlic, and thyme. Cook, uncovered, stirring often, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.

Stir in sherry and pepper, increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in chives (or scallions).

Meanwhile, toast bread and divide it among 6 bowls; top with cheese. Ladle the soup over the bread and cheese and serve immediately.

As you look to get the best night’s sleep you can, try this and other lean-protein rich recipes to help. If you have any questions or are looking for recipe ideas, click here to schedule an appointment.


Dr. Melanie Ochalski

P.S. Even the best sleep might not help with some fertility issues. In that case, you can look into our egg donation and recipient options here.

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