Here's 6 mood-boosting recipes perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. All of these recipes can be prepared as vegan-friendly (and one is keto-friendly too). You'll be sure to end up with a happy belly and a happy mood.
Spring Green Ginseng Smoothie
This green smoothie is enriched with vitamins and nutrients that can both cleanse and fortify the body. This easy recipe is a great addition to breakfast and can also be an easy and delicious snack.
Ginseng is an herb that has been harnessed within Eastern cultures for its antioxidant properties. Fortified with compounds called ginsenosides, ginseng helps to protect against oxidative damage to cells and protects the integrity of the brain. Other benefits of ginseng include promoting memory, reducing stress levels, and boosting energy levels.
Spinach is rich in nitrates, which supports circulation and microcirculation enhancing blood flow. Through nitrates, spinach can support optimal brain, cardiovascular and intestinal health.
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Total time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1
- ½ cup baby spinach leaves
- 1 pear, cubed
- 1 banana, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Ginseng powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- About 4-5 ice cubes
- Combine the ice, baby spinach leaves, cubed pear, chopped banana, ginseng powder, honey, almond milk in a blender.
- Blend until the desired consistency is reached.
Creamy Cranberry Avocado Wraps
These creamy cranberry avocado wraps are a convenient and tasty meal that requires no baking or heating. These wraps can be enjoyed right away or can be stored as part of an easy meal prep routine.
Avocados are rich in potassium, an electrolyte that is vital for total body wellness. Potassium is well-known for its effects on promoting brain, bone, and muscle health. In the brain and nervous system, an adequate supply of potassium ensures that nerves can work properly. Research suggests that diets rich in potassium can beneficially alter mood.
Total time: 15 minutes | Servings: 1
- 1 flatbread or tortilla
- 1 avocado, scooped and mashed
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup baby spinach leaves
- ½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 oz cream cheese (if vegan, use soy yogurt or tofu cream cheese)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Spread the cream cheese (alternatively, soy yogurt or tofu cream cheese) over the flatbread or tortilla.
- Evenly add a layer of cranberries, followed by baby spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes.
- Mix the mashed avocado with lemon juice. Then, spread over the flatbread/tortilla.
- Assemble the wrap by folding in the sides and tightly rolling the flatbread/tortilla.
Mango Coconut Pie
This mango coconut pie is a delicious vegan-friendly dessert that can boost mood in more ways than one.
Mangos are rich in vitamin C, a vitamin that is essential for immunity and overall health. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that can help to prevent damage by harmful oxygen radicals. Through these actions, vitamin C has been found to help balance stress levels and boost mood.
Prep time: 25 minutes | Total time:5 hours | Servings: 8
- 2 cups frozen mango, chopped
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 1/8 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Healthy Nutty Crust
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup walnuts
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- To prepare the crust, combine the nut mixture, coconut oil and sugar in a bowl. Add the mixture and press evenly into an 8 or 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Once the pie crust has cooled, blend the mango, coconut cream, milk, vanilla extract, and honey in a blender until smooth.
- Fill the crust with the filling.
- Chill for 4-5 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Swiss Mushroom & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Layered with quinoa, sautéed vegetables, and cheese, this meal is perfect for any meal. This delicious dish is keto-friendly and can also be easily turned into a vegan-friendly dish.
Mushrooms are rich in a powerful antioxidant called ergothioneine. By reducing oxidative stress, ergothioneine can enhance immunity and protect cells from damage caused by damaging factors, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Another major benefit of ergothioneine is that it can help to boost mental clarity by helping to protect the brain from cognitive decline.
Prep time: 20 minutes | Total time: 60 minutes | Servings: 4
- 4 bell peppers
- 4 slices Swiss cheese (or vegan cheese)
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 8 ounces mushrooms
- 1 cup raw baby spinach leaves
- ¼ cup chopped red onions
- ¼ cup diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onions, mushrooms, and garlic powder until the onions caramelize and the mushrooms start to brown.
- Take the skillet off the burner and add spinach leaves. Set aside and allow the spinach to melt from the heat of the skillet.
- On a cutting board, slice the stem and upper part of the bell pepper.
- Evenly add the cooked quinoa into each of the four bell peppers. Then evenly add the mushroom, spinach, and onion mixture. Top with diced tomatoes and a layer of Swiss cheese over each bell pepper.
- Transfer stuffed bell peppers to a baking tray and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove the aluminum foil and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.
Keto-Friendly Almond Blueberry Pancakes
Pancakes are the perfect addition to any breakfast. This keto-friendly pancake recipe is loaded with almond milk, almonds, and blueberries to fill you with nutritious goodness.
Nutritional yeast is a rich source of vitamin B12 for vegans. Vitamin B12 is crucial for a healthy brain and nervous system. Studies have found adding vitamin B12 into the diet can help to balance mood and improve symptoms of depression.
Prep time: 5 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¾ cup fortified almond milk
- 2 eggs (or 2 mashed ripe bananas if vegan)
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup blueberries
- Optional: Maple syrup
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Then, mix in the almond milk, vanilla extract, flour, honey, and nutritional yeast. Mix until the desired consistency is reached.
- Add about ¼ cup of batter to a pre-heated skillet and top with a few blueberries and almond slices.
- Once the whole pancake starts to “bubble” and the bottom of the pancake has browned, flip the pancake and allow the other side to brown to the desired amount.
- Repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Top with maple syrup.
Saffron-Seasoned Roasted Potato Wedges
These generously seasoned wedges are the perfect comfort food and an easy side dish for any meal.
Saffron is a precious spice that is highly revered for its sleep-promoting benefits. Studies indicate that saffron can not only improve overall sleep quality but may also boost mood and relieve anxiety. While adding it to a dish as a spice may not be as effective as taking a full 28mg dose like our libby.® daily wellness supplement, it tastes absolutely delicious.
Total time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4
- 1-pound Russet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon saffron
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Peel potatoes and cut into thick wedge-shaped slices.
- Add to boiling water for 15 minutes. Then, drain and dry potatoes.
- In a large bowl, combine and mix the saffron, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Add potatoes to the seasoning mixture.
- Air fryer method – Add the potato wedges to the basket and cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Shake the basket and add another 10 minutes.
- Oven method – Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add the potato wedges to a baking sheet lined with oil or cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the wedges and cook for another 15 minutes.