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Recipe for Better Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines

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on Jun 29, 2018 1:53:00 PM


Elk Meatloaf with Kale & Pesto

 **Elk is wild game meat, and it contains more tryptophan than many other types of meat. Tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid, which promotes the production of serotonin and melatonin that both help with the body’s sleep cycle.

The addition of kale gives the body lots of calcium, which helps the brain utilize the tryptophan. The combination of these foods is not only healthy, but can help with getting good rest.



  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound ground elk meat
  • 5 large kale leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste



Preheat the oven to 400 degress F. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet and put over medium heat. Add the garlic and kale to the skillet, cooking until the kale is soft and wilted.

In a large mixing bowl combine the ground elk burger with the breadcrumbs, pesto, egg, salt and pepper. 

Add the kale mixture to the bowl and combine thoroughly. In a baking dish, form the meat into a loaf, cover with tin foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes.

Remove the tin foil from the baking dish and continue cooking for 10 minutes or until fully cooked.


Foods That Promote Sleep:

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Lettuce
  • Tuna
  • Cherry juice
  • Chamomile tea
  • Passion Fruit tea
  • Honey
  • Kale
  • Hummus

If you have a recipe that contains any of these foods, Alaska Sleep Clinic would love to share them on our website.  Simply e-mail them to our Marketing Director, Jennifer Hines at

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