Besides June being the first month of the summer…It is also national SMILE MONTH! What about June does not make you want to smile from ear to ear?! Since eating and fitness go together like peanut butter & Jelly, its important to keep our minds happy as well as our bellies. So get those grocery lists ready because we have some awesome mood boosting foods & recipe that will brighten up your day!
"Feed the body food that will work for you not against you: The key is to eat for nutrient density – real whole foods vs. processed foods. That means eating foods high in B12, Iodine, magnesium, folate Vitamin’s, Omega 3’s (Vitamins, minerals, fiber) all of which help fight low mood, energy and fuzzy thinking"
Chicken (Organic or pasture-raised) -organic chicken is a good source of the B vitamins that may help to boost your memory and improve your mental focus.
Mussels- High in B12 & also contain trace nutrients that are important to balancing your mood, including zinc, iodine, and selenium, things vital to keeping your thyroid, your body's master mood regulator, on track.
Blue potatoes- Rich in iodine that also helps regulate the thyroid
Broccoli- One of the top sources for vitamin K, which boosts verbal recall. Loaded with B vitamins as well and improves mental functioning and mental focus.
Lemons & Limes- Loaded with Vitamin C, improves your memory & puts you in a happy mood.
Greek Yogurt- Make sure you grab the kind from cows raised on grass. Proper calcium levels gives the “ok” for your body to release feel-good neurotransmitters. (When feeling anxious grab a couple spoonfuls of it & you will start feeling a difference)
Honey- help reduce inflammation which is important for maintaining a healthy brain
Dark chocolate- provides an instant boost in concentration and mood and even improves blood flow to the brain, helping you feel more vibrant and energized (make sure you grab the one with the highest percentage of chocolate)
Herbs you can always use to spice up your meals & mood:
Grilled Shrimp Tropical Mango Salad with Cilantro Lime dressing
8 cups salad greens
1 yellow bell pepper
1 bunch radishes
¾ pound shrimp, shelled and deveined (optional)
Skewers for grilling
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
2 green onions
⅔ cup Greek yogurt
½ cup lightly packed cilantro
1 lime (2 tablespoons juice)
⅓ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup roasted salted cashews
-Preheat a grill to medium high.
-Wash the salad greens. Dice the bell pepper. Thinly slice the radishes. Peel the cucumber, then thinly slice it. Dice the mango.
-Place the shrimp onto skewers and sprinkle it lightly with kosher salt, cumin and paprika. Grill over medium high heat until pink and opaque, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
-To make the dressing, chop the green onions and place them in the cup of an immersion blender (or blender). Add ⅔ cup Greek yogurt, ½ cup lightly packed cilantro, 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice, ⅓ cup olive oil,½ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon honey. Blend to combine.
-To serve, place salad greens on a plate. Top with vegetables, shrimp (if using), and cashews, and drizzle with lime cilantro dressing.