Sometimes you just need a grab n’ go kinda meal. Most of all when you want to take a walk on your lunch break to grab some much needed vitamin D form the sun and a break from your desk. Having a handheld lunch or snack provides the perfect accessory to your stroll. Just throw on some tunes and strut your stuff!
The first thing that comes to mind for that type of meal is a sandwich. Since that doesn’t really is not the healthiest lunch option, I have whipped up a healthy curry chicken wraps recipe. So grab ’em and go. Finally, when you get back to your desk head on over to my Crave Cure community for more great ideas to help you re-frame your view of food. Remember, we all have cravings but it is possible to change your relationship with food.
The Tryptophan, 5HTP and Serotonin Connection
What if I told you that my healthy curry chicken wraps recipe is also a potent mood booster? Chicken contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid (building block of protein), that synthesizes 5-hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) and has a positive effect on serotonin levels of the brain. Remember that healthy serotonin levels are responsible for better moods and sleep patterns and sustained energy throughout the day. These increased serotonin levels produce feelings of calm, chase away anxiety and depression and may even help you have control over food cravings.
When consuming L-tryptophan in your foods, you don’t need to worry about getting too much. Great sources include spirulina, cage-free eggs, wild-caught salmon, and nuts and seeds. Another excellent source of L-tryptophan can be found in pasture-raised poultry, found in my healthy curry chicken wraps recipe. These delish wraps can help you burn energy all day and sleep well at night.
Healthy Curry Chicken Wraps Recipe
- 1 cooked pasture-raised chicken breast, sliced in 1/4" strips
- 2 collard leaves, steamed (as per instructions)
- 1/4 cup of cucumber, finely chopped
- 1/4 of an apple, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup Easy Mayo
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari sauce
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- In a small bowl mix the Curry Sauce ingredients. Add the chicken and set aside.
- Select the collard leaves that are large enough to fill and roll, and also preferably without any tears or holes. Set aside.
- To soften the collard leaves and make them more pliable you can steam the leaves. Simply fill a kettle with 3 cups of water and set to boil. Once boiling briefly pass the collard leaves above the steam for 10-20 seconds maximum or until the leaves become a darker and shinier green
- Next you will need to trim the stalk. About halfway down the leaf the stalk begins to thicken. Use a paring knife and carefully trim under that thick portion to the base, to remove all that heavy stalk.The leaf will be easier to roll – and chew.
- Next you will stuff your wrap. Place the chicken and a couple of tbsp. of sauce on the leaf and add the carrot and cucumber on top. Finish with 2-3 slice of apple. Judge on the size of your leaf to how much filling you need to use.
- Finally you will wrap and roll.Starting at the edge, begin to roll your wrap. As you go, tuck in the sides and continue to roll. If, after rolling, you’d like more fillings, you can usually open it up and tuck in a few extra goodies.
- Cut and enjoy!
Easy Mayo Recipe
- 1 large egg, taken straight out of the fridge
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 tbs. Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to your glass jar and let them sit for a few seconds, just long enough for the egg to settle comfortably at the bottom of the jar, underneath the oil.
- Insert your immersion blender and push it all the way down until it makes contact with the bottom of the jar.
- Push the power button and do not move the blender for a full 20 seconds. Almost instantly, you’ll see the magic take place right before your eyes: the oil will start to emulsify and turn into this lusciously creamy and thick concoction, slowly making its way all the way to the top of the jar.
- After 20 seconds, the transformation should be pretty much complete, so start moving your blender around and up and down just to make sure that every last bit of oil gets well incorporated.
- Store in the refrigerator an airtight container for up to 2 weeks