Mood Boosting Meals For The Dark Days Of Winter!

Foods high in the essential amino acid tryptophan, are a precursor to serotonin and can help with low moods and depression.

During the dark days of winter when many suffer from the “winter blues” try eating carbohydrate rich foods along with those containing tryptophan. The release of insulin from the carbohydrate will allow tryptophan to be carried to the brain.
When most people hear the word tryptophan, they probably think of turkey and Thanksgiving dinner but there are plenty of plant-based sources as well such as:

Plant-based sources of tryptophan:
Brown rice, quinoa, chickpeas, sprouted tofu, bananas, oats, spinach, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, watercress, turnip greens, seaweed(spirulina), kidney beans, lima beans, mung beans, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds

Mood boosting vegan meal ideas!

– Hummus collard wrap and a sweet potato salad with pumpkin seeds and walnuts
– Strawberry banana, almond yogurt smoothie with sprouted ground chia seeds
– Banana cinnamon oatmeal sprinkled with hemp seeds
– Quinoa salad with chickpeas and broccoli florets topped with ground flax seeds

Mung Bean Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette


  • mung beans
  • quinoa
  • chickpeas
  • shredded carrots
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • radish
  • pumpkin seeds
  • hemp seeds


  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Pinch of sea salt