The term “superfood” gets thrown around a lot lately! Do you know what a superfood is? It’s defined as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” I always love researching the benefits and science behind food and spices.
Below are my favorite ingredients to use when cooking or baking that have mental health and anxiety-reducing benefits.
Spinach is full of antioxidants and vitamins, but it’s also rich in folate. This helps your body produce serotonin and dopamine. My favorite way to incorporate spinach is in my homemade spinach hummus!
My top pick→ Homemade Spinach Hummus
Kale is another leafy green that’s high in vitamins and nutrients. Sauteed kale is great served on a sandwich, as a side, or even on pizza!
My top pick→ Buffalo Tofu Bowl
Mushrooms are packed with vitamins and minerals, and a great source of protein. I love pairing mushrooms with risotto, sliced on pizza, tossed in my tofu scramble, and stir-fried.
My top pick→ Mushroom Barley Soup
You’ve probably heard that omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for maintaining proper health. I love tossing some into a smoothie, mixing it into my granola, even grinding the seeds up and making an egg substitute out of it.
My top pick→ Flax Egg
Turmeric is also very popular. With Golden Lattes being the hipster’s new drinks of choice, they may actually be on to something. Turmeric raises serotonin and dopamine levels, enhances the synthesis of omega-3, and regulates neurotransmitters. My go-to use of turmeric is to sprinkle some over roasted vegetables and to give my tofu scramble the yellow color.
My top pick→ Tofu Scramble
What’s better than fresh guacamole, avocado toast, or avocado spread on a sandwich? Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins and contain tryptophan, folate, and omega-3.
My top pick→ Homemade Guacamole
There are tons of superfoods out there! Do your research, find ingredients that agree with your body, and get creative in the kitchen.