The pantry of good humor in summer

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The pantry of good humor in summer

Among the foods that welcome you to summer are some that in turn put you in a good mood.

The pantry of good humor in summer

Some foods have compounds and nutrients that act directly or indirectly on the brain and nervous system to improve mood.

You deserve a dose of cocoa

  • Without sugar or milk, cocoa is a luxury you can afford. A small amount provides substances that make you feel good, such as caffeine, theobromine and n-acylethanolamines similar to the cannabinoids in marijuana.
  • It is also very nutritious, as a serving of about 15 g provides half of the daily needs of iron and significant amounts of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, selenium and zinc, among other minerals.
  • To prepare a different cup of cocoa, you can mix pure defatted cocoa with kuzu – which will provide texture -, homemade almond milk and a natural sweetener such as cinnamon or vanilla powder.

Oatmeal gives you constant energy

  • Group B vitamins are   abundant in oats and have a beneficial and relaxing effect on the nervous system.
  • They provide energy, but thanks to the fiber it will be released little by little and you will not suffer ups and downs.
  • Mix a few thick rolled oats with unsweetened non-dairy milk and a few pieces of fruit. Leave it overnight in the fridge and have it fresh for breakfast.

Smile with a handful of chia

  • Omega 3. These fatty acids make communication between neurons more fluid and your mood will improve.
  • Less depression a study from Kyung Hee University (South Korea) published in Asia Pacific Psychiatry found that omega-3 consumption is associated with a lower risk of depression, especially in women.
  • Make yourself an ice cream. You can prepare it with two frozen bananas in pieces, a teaspoon of chia seeds and half a glass of coconut milk. Pass it all through the blender and you have a creamy ice cream.

More balance thanks to the banana

  • Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, essential for the balance of the nervous system, and to synthesize in the brain the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, protagonists of mental balance.
  • The prebiotic fiber it contains (almost 4 g in a medium-sized banana) is one of the best gifts you can give your gut microbiota. A varied flora, with well-nourished beneficial bacteria, is a mental health insurance. Keep in mind that the amount of fiber is greater in the slightly green pieces.
  • Excellent creamy and nutritious smoothies are prepared with vegetable milks or fruit and banana juices. It’s also a perfect fruit for breakfast – try a slice of bread with peanut butter and banana slices.

Win sympathy with cherries

  • The funniest fruit. For some reason the cherry gives off good vibes. Perhaps it is because it is one of the few foods that contains a significant amount of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of well-being.
  • Anthocyanins, in addition to giving it its intense color, keep neurons in good condition.
  • Not just fresh. Apart from consuming them as table fruit, you can also include them in salads, soups, sauces, desserts, ice creams or as a garnish in complete unique dishes.

Vegetable kefir fills you with joy

  • Fermented. Every tablespoon of kefir – Turkish for “blessing” – fills you with a buzz of beneficial bacteria. These convert part of the carbohydrates into fatty acids that stimulate the nervous system and ward off symptoms of depression.
  • Serotonin Gut bacteria also produce serotonin, which regulates mood, stress response, appetite, or sexual desire. It is also responsible for the feeling of “butterflies in the stomach”.  
  • With vegetable milk. Kefir, which was traditionally made from goat’s milk, can be made with water and sugar or plant-based milk. You can make it with almond milk, which you can make yourself from raw almonds. To grow kefir, add a teaspoon of whole grain sugar per cup.

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