A Few Minutes to Zen with Rikki Alrutz

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, SO EAT HAPPY!

Is trying to find healthy (but still yummy) foods a bit stressful? 

Here are 4 foods sure to lift your mood with their natural benefits:

  • Spinach: Contains Folic Acid — a B vitamin found to boost moods;

  • Avocado: Increases production of Serotonin — a feel-good neurotransmitter;

  • Berries: Known to release the body’s Endorphins, which decrease the sense of pain and stress;

  • And don’t forget Dark Chocolateso good in so many ways, one of which is its nutrients are proven to reduce stress and depression.  The darker, the better!  Try 70-80% cocoa.

You might mix these ingredients as a summer salad (by shaving the chocolate in olive oil for a dressing or cutting small bits right onto the salad).  Same goes for the avocado; mix with olive oil and poor on top or add slices directly to the salad.

Maybe you feel like having a smoothie?  Try placing all ingredients in a blender, frozen berries work great, adding some water to cover, and drinking this happy, healthy shake.

Or, keep it simple and eat the ingredients separately throughout the day as individual snacks and small meals.

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