Good Mood Recipes
It is possible to boost your mood through the food you eat! I have the best recipes to take care of your body and mind.
Aromas alter mood, and there is no better place than the kitchen to infuse the home with aromas that quell anxiety and lift the mood. Here are a few simple tips for infusing your home with relaxing, comforting aromas. Find more information in my book “Eat Right, Feel Right: 50 Recipes and Tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus.” Link below.
This is my favorite morning or afternoon guilt free “pick-me up”. It is anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants and provides the brain food trinity: coffee, cocoa and coconut. If you prefer you can substitute organic decaffeinated coffee or just use cocoa when serving it to children, replacing the liquid from the coffee with extra coconut milk. Make sure your ingredients are organic and sugar free. Read about the benefits of these drinks, visit my blog.
Ingredients: 1 orange, quartered and peeled 1 large carrot, scrubbed and coarsely chopped 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk ½ cup frozen mango chunks 1 tbs. shelled raw organic flax or hemp seeds ¾ tsp. finely grated peeled ginger 1½ tsp. finely grated peeled turmeric or 1 tsp. turmeric powder Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) Pinch of sea salt Directions: • Blend everything together!
This brain-savvy snack is perfect to enjoy before bed, since it will help you to fall asleep and stay asleep. Ingredients Butter 1 tbs. Pears 4 Raw walnuts (handful) Raisins (handful) Maple syrup 1 tsp. Directions 🍐 Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 🍐 Take a mixture of raw walnuts and raisins, and place them in hollowed-out area of each pear. 🍐 Drizzle a few drops of maple syrup over each 🍐 Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes. 🍐 Add a scoop of yogurt or drizzle coconut milk over the warm pears.
I am off to Sedona Mago Retreat Center to teach 60 wonderful clinicians about integrative medicine for mental health. One of the important interventions I will share about is: There are high rates of GERD in people with PTSD, suggesting the link between anxiety and GERD. A cup of Licorice root tea is soothing for GERD (make sure you don't over do it as it can raise blood pressure!). This retreat is happening again in November, don't miss it!
Hops, Valerian, and Passionflower support sleep. We often turn to herbal medicine when we want to fall asleep more easily, or stay asleep. Stress and anxiety affect the ability to fall asleep. Exercising too late in the day or drinking stimulants containing caffeine also contribute to challenges with sleep onset. Two types of sleep issues: …