A few days ago, that punk Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Whether you’re a snow bunny or dread the idea of more winter, it’s important to focus on nutrition during this season. Winter can negatively impact your health, not just from increased colds and cases of the flu, but a multitude of other reasons as well. Winter is just simply harder on your body in general, but fear not–the first day of spring is right around the corner. In the meantime, beat winter blues with these superfood recipes guaranteed to taste amazing in addition to supercharging your immune system.
Breakfast Recipes to Beat Winter Blues
Bulletproof Matcha Latte from The Balanced Berry
Matcha powder is a powdered green tea leaf. It is grown in the shade longer than regular green tea, which makes it higher in both theanine and caffeine. Theanine has been known to produce relaxation without sedation and complements the effects of caffeine without making you feel jittery. Consuming matcha powder produces sustained energy which in turn revs the metabolism. Not only is matcha a superfood, this tasty recipe will beat winter blues by keeping your brain happy and zipping along all day.
Black Bean Breakfast Bowls from Fit Foodie Finds
This savory breakfast bowl is filled with protein and fiber, and will definitely keep you full until lunchtime. It’s easy to prep the components beforehand and assemble just before eating.
Bell Pepper, Onion, Avocado and Tomato Ring Fried Eggs From Salty Canary
Breakfast can be one of the more difficult meals to switch up, especially on a busy work morning, so this recipe is best saved for the weekend if you don’t have much extra time during weekdays. The presentation is sure to please any brunch guests you might have, and this recipe contains only protein and vegetables. What could be healthier than that?
Lunch Recipes to Beat Winter Blues
Rainbow Salad Wrap from Jamie Oliver
Crunchy, fresh and tangy, this wrap is bursting with a delicious combination of fruits and vegetables grated into delicious, easily edible textures. The addition of mint and parsley adds fresh flavor you don’t normally get in the wintertime.
Superfood Salad from The Harvest Kitchen
This is not your typical boring green leaf lettuce salad. It packs in the superfoods with quinoa, kale, and sunflower seeds and keeps it texturally interesting with the large variety of natural foods.
Fat Flush Soup from Genius Kitchen
This simple soup is easy to make, and the flavors are impressive for such simple ingredients. The fact that it helps flush toxins from the liver puts it into superfood territory, and it’s simple to make either on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. Try replacing the tomato juice with a whole bottle of salsa for some extra kick!
Dinner Recipes to Beat Winter Blues
5 Ingredient Thai Pumpkin Soup by FoodieCrush
Pumpkin is a superfood that is full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, iron and plenty of fiber. It makes up the base of this soup, which is surprisingly filling despite its sparse ingredient list. The curry paste adds a rich depth of flavor and a mild heat. This is the perfect soup to warm up with while there’s still chilly weather!
Pesto Salmon and Italian Veggies in Foil from Cooking Classy
Although pesto is delicious on pasta, it’s much better for you to eat it on salmon. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which Americans don’t get enough of in their daily diet.
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