The Dish: 3 Mood-Boosting Recipes

A couple weeks ago we talked about 10 different mood-boosting foods… And now it’s time to take that the extra mile.  I wanted to share a couple recipes that include some of those happy foods so you can always look to them when you need a little boost!

Berry Powerful Smoothie

Makes 2 cups

Mood Boosting Berry Powerful Smoothie


Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup raw spinach or kale
  • 1 and ½ Teaspoons Flax Seed Meal
  • 1/3 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 cup almond or peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Directions
1.    Add almond milk, flax seed, oats, yogurt and protein to the bowl of a blender.  Blend on low until smooth.  Then gradually add the frozen berries while continuing to blend on low.  Once all berries have been added, close blender and increase speed until you reach a desired consistency. (You can add more or less milk depending on how thick you like your smoothies).

* Tip: The spinach flavor is masked by the additional ingredients, especially if you’re using a flavored protein powder and almond/peanut butter!

 

Plank Grilled Sweet Soy Salmon over Spinach

Serves 4

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Ingredients

For the Salmon Marinade

  • 4 salmon steaks (wild or fillets)
  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 3 tables spoons scallions
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small lemon For the Bed of Spinach
  • 4 cups spinach (1 cup for each salmon steak)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Soak a grilling plank in water for 2 to 4 hours.

2. Meanwhile, combine soy sauce, sake (or white wine), mirin, sugar, scallions and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

3. Place salmon in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Place lemon slices on top. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes but no more than 2 hours, turning the fish once or twice.

4. Preheat grill to medium-high.

5. Place the soaked plank over direct heat on the grill and heat for 2 minutes. Move the plank so it’s over indirect heat (see Kitchen Tip, above). Remove the salmon from the marinade, place it skin-side down (if using fillets) on the hot plank and replace the lemon slices on top.

6. Close the lid and cook until the fish is just cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.

7. While fish is cooking, sauté the onion and garlic in a large pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Cook for about 2 minutes (or until the onion starts to brown), then add spinach and the other 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Cook until all spinach is wilted.

8. Place the cooked salmon on top of the bed of spinach and serve.

* Tip: If you don’t have a grilling plank, leave the salmon sautéing in the marinade for a couple hours and bake in the oven or right on the stove! For more salmon recipes, check out Recipe Rehab.

 

Chocolate-Avocado Mousse Martinis with Fresh Berries

Serves 2

Chocolate-Avocado Mousse Martinis with Fresh Berries

Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe avocado
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Ghirardelli’s has a good one!)
  • ½ cup agave nectar (or honey), plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • ½ pint fresh berries (your choice)yum, for garnish

For directions on how to make this delightful mousse “martini,” head on over the Splendid Table!

And finally, if you’re looking for a yummy, mid-day snack to boost your mood, try Greek yogurt with a little honey and a handful of walnuts! This will help raise your spirits and give you a little energy!

Hope you all enjoy these recipes, and please let me know if you give them a try! I want to hear your feedback!

Will you try cooking any of these recipes?  Which one is your favorite??

Xx,
Vanessa

 

Sources: Recipe Rehab, Splendid Table
Images: Kendall Fisher for VanessaLachey.com, Kiss my Spatula, SaraJoys.com

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