Published On: Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014

This smoothie will trigger happy chemicals in the brain that can help reduce depression

Banana-SmoothieThe symptoms of depression range from mild to very serious, and while this recipe isn’t a solution that’s intended to replace other forms of treatment, we’re finding more and more information that supports having a healthy diet to combat symptoms of feeling blue. Nature has provided foods that naturally trigger happy chemicals in our brain; think chocolate or different forms of blue-green algae for their PEA content, or bananas which contain tryptophan and can trigger serotonin production in the brain (and in the tummy) which of course, results in feeling happier.

  • 1-2 Frozen or fresh bananas (frozen makes them creamier and more like an ice cream treat)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds or hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds or flax oil
  • 1 pinch vanilla bean or tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder optional
  • 1 cup almond, coconut or hemp milk

Instructions: Peel your bananas before freezing them or blending them fresh. Blend your ingredients together on high until smooth and enjoy!

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