Feeling Sad? Struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder? Try this Delicious Carrot Tarragon Soup!

We’ve all been there. Bad day, bad relationship, or even the doldrums of winter can sometimes have us feeling so low that all we want to do is eat and sleep, which in turn makes us feel worse.

This is particularly true if you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD happens during the winter months and is the result of the lack of sunlight we experience during the shorter days of winter. Because light helps to boost serotonin production in the brain, helping us feel vital and alive, the diminishment of this powerful neurotransmitter due to lack of sunlight can be devastating to those who are prone to it.

But fear not! In today’s video I am going to share with you how to make a delicious, nutritious and serotonin boosting soup! It is one of my favorites, combining the earthy flavors of carrot and tarragon in a yummy broth that will have you feeling better after the first spoonful.

Whether you are feeling low because of winter or just because of life, this aromatic soup will help you feel more connected to your spirit and yourself. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below~

Wishing you a happy and healthy Monday!


Creamy Carrot Tarragon Soup



  • 1 Tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, split in half
  • 4 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 to 3 tbsp fresh tarragon
  • 12 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup plain almond milk


Sautee onion and garlic in ghee till onion softens. Add carrots and continue to sautee for another 5 minutes. Add broth, tarragon, bay leaf, pinch of salt, almond milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer until veggies are soft enough to blend. Once cool enough, remove the solids in batches and put in a blender. Blend until smooth and then place back in pot with liquids. Adjust salt for flavor. Heat to serve.

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14 comments on “Feeling Sad? Struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder? Try this Delicious Carrot Tarragon Soup!

  1. Avatarlia

    I’ll admit it, I used yogurt butter and regular milk (just a little bit) and it was absolutely delicious!! Keep up the great work!!

  2. AvatarCindy Hudson

    I made this last night, couldn’t find fresh Tarragon either. So I bought dried a good brand and used almost 4 tablespoons…..was the best soup. Has a really nice flavor.

  3. AvatarAnna McNally

    I’m going to make this tonight!! One question, if fresh Tarragon is available how much of dried Tarragon could you use?


    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS

      Sorry I didn’t reply earlier, but I was returning from Arizona~

      I am not sure if dried Tarragon would work as I’ve only made it with fresh, but give it a try and see what you think… then let me know 🙂 Either way, it makes a delicious soup!

  4. AvatarJennie

    Barbara this looks amazing. I was just searching for a good new soup recipe to try when this popped into my inbox. I feel comforted by warm foods in the winter but notice refined sugar makes me feel awful afterwards. I have replaced cups of hot chocolate with an occasional cup of fresh-pressed apple cider from a local orchard (heated up). Yum!

  5. AvatarPat

    Just in time — Thanks. I can use a pick-me-up. Can I use clarified butter (removing the milk solids) instead of ghee, or is there something more to it? I don’t have access to an Indian market.


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