You tend to overeat a box of chocolates or a tub of ice cream when you feel low. Finding comfort in your choice-based food is okay, but in the end, it will probably also make you feel worse and sick on top of it all when the sugar level disappears. But there are certain foods that have the power to relieve your bad mood and increase your mental health.
Here are 4 magic recipes that are tasty, nutritious and have the power to make you feel better.
1. Baking blueberries and nut oats
These berries may be blue, but they can prevent you from feeling that way. With a high content of antioxidants, blueberries help to activate brain cells and are associated with having a more positive mood. All you have to do is put oats, baking powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk milk, yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla together in a large bowl. Mix it all together and stir well. Bake for 35 minutes until the top is golden and the oats are set. Serve as is or topped with milk, Greek yogurt or maple syrup.
2. Avocado toast
Avocado is a superfood that is rich in de-stressing B vitamins and they are also healthy for your heart. Creamy avocado spread on well-toasted bread is one of the easiest quick meals. To begin with, you only need bread and ripe avocados. Toast your bread golden brown and mash your avocado separately. Cut them in half and pour the meat into the plate and mash it with a fork. Spread it on the toast and your toast is ready. You can optionally top it with salt, herbs or garlic, depending on your own preference.
3. Green Smoothie
This naturally sweet green smoothie contains a wide variety of nutritious ingredients such as flaxseed, almonds and spinach. The addition of banana provides a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body needs to produce serotonin, also known as the “happiness chemical”, because it contributes to happiness and mental well-being. Just blend all the ingredients in stages to avoid leafy bites and your super smoothie is ready in minutes.
4. Fried broccoli with coconut
Rich in magnesium, this quick-spiced vegetable dish is inspired by the fresh flavors of southern India and can be made with anything green. All you have to do is heat the oil in a pan and toss in the mustard seeds followed by curry leaves (if you use dried curry leaves, add them later along with the broccoli) and chili flakes. Stir it all around and then add the onion and ginger and fry for 3-4 min. Add broccoli and sprinkle coconut from the top. Stir to mix and add flavor by filling it up with lime juice. Your meal is ready to be served and boosts your mood.
We hope you enjoy the recipes. To make healthy lifestyle adjustments, you may be well on your way to improved mental health in the long run.
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