The foods you eat can make you feel a whole lot better - or a whole lot worse! Food has a major impact on our emotional wellness, and if we aren't eating properly, we can slip into bouts of depression, grogginess and fatigue. If you feel you need a little mood boost, why not reach for this incredibly easy to prepare smoothie? It will help you say goodbye to your lonesome blues!
What is so special about these ingredients?
Swiss Chard - packed with the essential mineral magnesium. A large majority of individuals lack this essential mineral, which plays an important part in the biochemical reactions in our brain related to boosting energy levels and making us feel awesome! Why are we lacking? Depleted soil nutrients, stress and unhealthy eating habits. Consuming alcohol actually lowers the availability of magnesium to our cells and drinking fluoridated water prevents magnesium from binding to the cells in our body.
Bananas - proven to be rich in mood boosting magnesium! It is also very high in potassium, which helps improve our energy levels, as well as vitamin B6 which is necessary for the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin (the happy brain chemicals!)
Blueberries - these little guys contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that help protect our neurons and fight off inflammation that might otherwise make us feel "blue" (pardon the pun!). Blueberries help ease stress, reduce depression and improve our short-term memory!
- 2 cups organic blueberries
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 cups packed swiss chard
- 1 inch ginger root
- 1 cup water or young thai coconut water if available
Blend the above ingredients in a blender such as the Vitamix and enjoy!