World Health Day (7th April): Let’s Talk Depression
5 recipes for happiness
Food is something that everyone finds comfort in, but there are a certain set of food which are scientifically proven to give your brain a warm hug and lift you out of a depressed mood. This World Health Day we are talking depression, so here are 5 delicious creations loaded with ingredients that make a recipe for happiness – quite literally!
These rustic melt-in-the-mouth chick pea and spinach koftas served with a luscious yogurt dip is happiness in every way.
Chickpeas in these koftas add a lovely nutty flavour, provides binding and plenty of happiness in the form of Vitamin B12 and other nutrients which helps fight anxiety and depression. Spinach on the other hand is one of the top foods with tryptophan – a hormone which regulates release of other happy hormones like serotonin in the system. Along with a creamy cool yogurt and tahini dip – this is a guaranteed recipe for happiness.
Don’t go by the little shot glasses these are served in – because they are big on flavour and nutrition.
Whole foods like muesli and oats help boost serotonin levels in the body, nuts and chia seeds in this recipe add in plenty of good omega 3 fatty acids along with a brilliant crunch, yogurt gives you probiotics and protein, while honey, apples and berries add sweetness, vitamins and antioxidants. Collectively this recipe has all the ingredients to keep away irritability, mood swings and anxiety.
A robust piece of smoked chicken breast and a citrusy fresh salad on the side, just looking at this pretty dish is enough to make you smile, but wait, there is more…
Lean meats like chicken and turkey work in exactly the same way as anti-depressants and enable the release of serotonin – the happy hormone in our bodies to instantly put you in a better, calmer frame of mind. Pomelo and orange in the salad are a source of vitamin B, arugula leaves and chilli flakes help release dopamine which uplifts your mood while pine nuts add more than just crunch in the form of omega 3s.
Meticulously putting together this artsy dish and finally cutting through the layers is therapy enough to put you in a great mood!
This recipe has all ingredients to make you happy. Salmon and sesame seeds are a great source of Omega 3 and the bed of spinach and dill leaves that it sits on is loaded with folate and B12 – both help fight depression and anxiety. With the crisp pastry, juicy salmon and flavourful spinach – this one has all the elements to make anybody feel blissful.
Any kind of ice cream can uplift a bad mood, but this chocolate and avocado works like magic – on your mood and your taste buds!
Avocados are super food especially for your brain. The antioxidants in them help your brain release happy hormone serotonin in the system. Dark chocolate and cocoa contain high levels of theobromine which helps keep away sluggishness and depressing thoughts. All in all a recipe that satisfies your taste buds and your soul!
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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.