A few weeks ago, we posted Four Tips to Stay Happy during the cold winter season. Shameless plug aside, we broke down the science behind the amino acid, tryptophan.
An increase in tryptophan can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), boost your mood, and improve your workout. This amino acid can be found in most dietary proteins, especially eggs, nuts, fish, soy beans, red meat and poultry.
With that in mind, we curated some winter recipes for you, with many of these meals stressing those essential proteins. Enjoy these unique combos and click the links to our friends’ sites to get the full, free recipes!
1. Winter Squash Carbonara w/ Pancetta & Sage
Using kabocha squash + low-sodium chicken broth help stand this one apart.
2. Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup
One of many soups to have this winter, here’s a healthier alternative of a tasty favorite.
3. Grainless Beef Stew
This winter recipe is grain free, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, nut free, soy free and refined sugar free.
4. Artichoke, Spinach, & Herb Frittata
This winter recipe stresses pasture-raised eggs and you can easily use leftover spinach or herbs from other meals to create this one.
5. Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
This minestrone soup is packed with fresh veggies, fiber-rich beans and seasonings.
Recipe via Brittany of Eating Bird Food
6. Lemon Rosemary Vegetable Stack with Lentils & Creamy Horseradish Vinaigarette
This winter recipe combines celery root, sweet potato, beets and cauliflower for a feel-good, nutrient-rich winter meal.
7. Chicken & Herb Spaetzle Soup
Spaetzle is a dumpling/noodle hybrid perfect for winter soups.
8. Easy Thai Coconut Chicken
This paleo-friendly winter recipe mixes chicken and cooked vegetables and is flexible for substitutes.
9. Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Homemade Hot Chocolate
What’s winter without some hot cocoa? Of course, we found you the dairy-free, sugar-free, just as delicious alternative.
10. Mini Coconut Lime Cheesecakes
We got to have some dessert and this recipe, though it takes some prep time, is both a delicious and healthy alternative to comfort food on a late winter night.
11. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Halloumi Sliders with Harissa
The spicy harissa adds some hot flavor to sliders that become a perfect appetizer for parties by the fireplace.