The shortest—and darkest days—are looming. And as Old Man Winter tightens his grip on us, it can take a toll on our mood, and leave some of us feeling a little blue. But the solution isn’t to hibernate on the couch. Instead, make a beeline for the kitchen.
The way we eat can shape our mental health; the latest research confirms the old adage, “You are what you eat.” Whether it’s certain nutrients in particular foods that can help you shake that whole why-is-the-universe-ruining-my-life? feeling or comfort food dishes that make you feel all cozy inside as temperatures outside begin to dip, how we choose to eat can help turn our mood around. So think of these recipes as your own personal happiness remedy.
Cozy Chili Mac and Cheese
Chocolate Chunk Cookie Pie
Slow Roasted Salmon with Cultured Avocado Sauce
Roasted Beet, Apple, and Lentil Salad with Warm Maple Dressing
Med-Style Chicken Tacos
Check out this article for 5 simple eating strategies to help look on the bright side more often.
Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD, is a dietitian, nutrition writer, and recipe developer. He is also the author of Rocket Fuel (VeloPress, 2016) and Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press, 2012).
A version of this article was published in the November 2019 issue of alive Canada with the title “Happy Meals.”
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