You tend to overeat on a box of chocolates or a bowl of ice cream when you’re feeling down. Finding comfort in your choice-based food is fine, but in the end it will also likely make you feel bad and sick on top of all that, once the sugar wears off. But there are some foods that have the ability to lighten a bad mood and boost your mental health.
Here are 4 magical recipes that are delicious, nutritious, and have the power to make you feel better.
1. Oatmeal Blueberry Walnut Bread
Those berries may be blue, but they can keep you from feeling that way. With its high level of antioxidants, blueberries help revitalize brain cells and are associated with a more positive mood. All you have to do is put the oats, baking powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk the milk, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Mix everything together and stir well. Bake for 35 minutes, until top is golden and oats are firm. Serve as is or topped with milk, Greek yogurt, or maple syrup.
2. Avocado Toast
Avocado is a superfood rich in B vitamins that relieve stress and are healthy for your heart. Spreading creamy avocado on toast is one of the easiest quick meals. First of all, all you need is bread and a ripe avocado. Toast your bread golden brown and mash the avocado separately. Cut it in half and scoop the meat into the dish and mash it with a fork. Spread it on the toast and the toast is ready. You may want to season it with salt, herbs, or garlic, depending on your own preferences.
3. Green juice
This natural sweet green smoothie contains a whole host of nourishing ingredients like flaxseeds, almonds, and spinach. The addition of bananas provides a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body needs to produce serotonin, also known as the “happy chemical” because it contributes to happiness and mental well-being. Simply blend all the ingredients in stages to avoid paper cuts and your super smoothie will be ready in a matter of minutes.
4. Fried broccoli with coconut
Rich in magnesium, this quick spiced vegetable dish is inspired by the fresh flavors of South India and can be made with all greens. All you have to do is heat the oil in a frying pan and toss in the mustard seeds followed by the curry leaves (if using dried curry leaves, add them later with broccoli) and chili flakes. Stir everything, then add the onion and ginger and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add broccoli to it and sprinkle the coconut on top. Stir the mixture and add flavor by adding it to the lemon juice. Your meal is ready to serve and boosts your mood.
We hope you try these recipes. In order to make healthy lifestyle adjustments, you may be on your way to improving mental health in the long run.
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