Foods to boost your mood and overcome depression

 “A banana provides 100 calories”

“Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A”

Food is usually associated with calories or nutrition. But, it’s a truth, universally acknowledged that food is a lot more than that!

It plays a super important function – it satisfies your taste buds.

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And this unique feature empowers food with a super ability. It can uplift your mood within seconds.

Today, we are going to explore these foods that can get you from depressed to dazzled!

Aloo paratha with curd or a paneer paratha:

Bas naam hi kaafi hai 😉

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One of the most loved breakfast options, parathas give your taste buds the perfect treat. The combination of carbs and protein keeps a tab on hunger pangs and sugar levels. With these two parameters in check, there are fewer chances of a bad mood.

All dairy products and whole-grain cereals are a rich source of tryptophan which acts as a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood.

Pasta with alfredo sauce, cheese toast and vegetable pulao with raita create a similar effect.

Oats:

The low glycaemic index oats are an effective mood booster. They slowly release glucose into the bloodstream keeping both your energy and mood in perfect balance.

Oats uttapam, apple or porridge are some easy dishes to uplift your mood.

In the mood to experiment? You can try oats omelette.

So, do we oat to say more? 😉

Eggs (in any form):

Eggs are bursting with the goodness of amino acids, Vitamin D, and B-complex vitamins all of which play a key role in maintaining a cheerful mood.

Whether it’s an omelette, bhurji or a sunny side up, they are an egg-cellent way to keep your spirits always high.

Salmon:

Salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fats. This essential fatty acid boosts blood circulation brain activity and metabolism which is why if you feel something fishy about your mood, get some salmon!

And vegetarians don’t need to frown as we always have alternatives up our sleeves 😉

You can opt for flaxseed or chia seeds, instead.

Nuts:

All nuts are a good source of magnesium which acts as an excellent tonic to soothe your frazzled nerves. The zinc and B-complex vitamin content work as an anti-depressant.

So, if you feel like you’re on the verge of going nuts, consume them instead 😉

Green veggies:

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It’s time you start relishing the leafy greens because they are loaded with magnesium, fibre, and B-complex vitamins. These nutrients turn around your bad mood.

Greens may not be your favourite, but you can try out interesting dishes with greens such as methi thalipeeth, methi muthia, palak dhokla/ idli or a corn and spinach sandwich.

Let the veggies be greener on your side 😉

All fruits:

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An excellent source of instant energy, fruits are brimming with potassium and vitamins. The fibre content keeps your tummy full, slows down digestion and keep blood sugar levels in check.

BTW, a glass of fruit juice wouldn’t have the same effect. As by juicing, we receive a much-depleted version of the fruit in a tall glass with lots of sugar. And it won’t be fruit-full.

Dark chocolate:

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We know it is unnecessary, as who needs a reason to consume dark chocolate?

But still, the flavonoids in dark chocolate reduce the levels of the stress hormone – cortisol. Additionally, the phenylethylamine and anandamides in dark chocolate release endorphins, aka the happy hormone.

Besides these foods, eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and sound sleep is integral to a happier you. Wholesome meals take care of nutritional deficiencies; physical activity releases the feel-good endorphin. Sleeping for five hours or less creates havoc with your hormones which put you in a grumpy mood, therefore, food, exercise, and sleep are like puzzle pieces, put them together and you’ll get a complete, healthy and happy YOU!

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And before we sign off, remember that if you are in a bad mood, there is no need to gobble an entire tub of ice cream or finish a box of nuts.

A small piece of dark chocolate or a handful of unsalted, mixed nuts is all you need for that happy high!

Go choose your Soul-food.

bon happetee diet plan app. foods to overcome depressionVishruta is a nutritionist by profession and a writer by heart. Content writing and menu planning have become her passions over the past few years. Love food, love life — is her mantra.

 

7 types of khichdi recipes you must try now

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During childhood, I remember eagerly waiting for an episode of the much-loved family show, Khichdi. This sitcom brings back some wonderful memories when the entire family would enjoy the antics of the oddball Parekh family.

Well, my love for ‘khichdi’ dates back to childhood (pun intended ) And in fact, everyone in India shares a unique bond with khichdi because it is one of the first solid foods served to an infant. A mix of rice, lentils, and veggies cooked with tempered spices, khichdi traces its origin to the Indian subcontinent, to as early as 1350. In colloquial lingo, khichdi is much like its preparation – a mishmash of ingredients.

Every region in India has a unique variant of this dish. Bengal’s khichuri; Haryanvi kichri with bajra and moong dal served with lassi; bisi bele bhat in Karnataka; Hyderabad’s popular breakfast khichdi kheema khatta are some of the popular khichdi varieties.

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As a nutritionist, khichdi is one of my most favorite dishes. Be it sabudana khichdi, moong dal khichdi or bajra khichdi with dollops of ghee – yes, you read it right, ghee! – I am a big khichdi fan. It’s a wholesome meal that appeals to my taste buds and health. While you may agree with me on the health quotient, I can see you frown with my statement – khichdi tastes good.

For most, khichdi is the kind of food you eat when you are unwell. It is quite a bland dish. Yes, moong khichdi is an easy-to-digest meal with an upset tummy or fever but hey, that’s not what khichdi is all about.

Don’t believe me?

Then, go and eat the baked masala khichdi served at Swati Snacks, Tardeo (Mumbai) or Law Garden, Ahmedabad. I am confident your definition of khichdi will change forever. It’s one of those scrumptious dishes that can force me to travel a 2-hour distance from my house in the suburbs to town or make me wait for an hour for my turn!

The mere mention of this has got me hungry… Damn!

And if you are not a Mumbaikar or an Amdavadi, you can try this amazing dish at home.

Anyway, let’s move on to some of the popular variants of this hassle-free and nutritious dish:

With khichdi being traditionally a mix of rice and lentils, we often forget that the delicious sabudana khichdi is also a form of khichdi. Sabudana khichdi and fasting are synonymous. You should dig into this yummy dish whenever you are fasting. The goodness of peanuts balances the glycaemic index of sago and potatoes as well as makes it a wholesome meal.

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But yeah, don’t go overboard with them. Check out how you can make this amazing meal.

 

Vari rice/ bhagar / samak with a bowl of cucumber raita is another super healthy khichdi you can eat when you fast

 

Moong khichdi may not fit in your definition of tasty food, but in Surat, this is a much-loved meal. You’ll love their khichdi served with piping hot kadhi and add-ons like undhia and ringan na ravaiya.

Don’t you feel like savoring a hot piping meal of khichdi with kachumber, curd, and pickle when you come back from a long vacation? Yes, that’s because khichdi is the ultimate comfort or soul food, however humble it may be.

 

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Moong Dal khichdi is a wholesome meal, especially when paired with papad, curd and cucumber

Nutritionally speaking, khichdi and veggies make a balanced meal that reboots your digestive system after eating packaged and restaurant foods. And if you want to add some color to your khichdi, try a palak khichdi. It’s one of the healthiest one-dish meals you’ll eat.

 

So, let’s cook some khichdi at home, what say?

 

Bajra ka khichdi is a popular dish in Rajasthan eaten during winter. Bajra along with ghee keeps your body warm and your skin soft and supple during the sweater weather. You can whip up a lip-smacking bajra khichdi at home.

And if you’re in the mood for some royal food, try the Shahajani khichdi

Now, khichdi created quite a stir recently being declared India’s ‘national dish’. While the Food Ministry refuted the rumors, Twitterati was quick to throw in their views, especially regarding dal, which is a key ingredient of khichdi. They pointed out that labeling a dish made with this expensive ingredient as a ‘national dish’ is sheer absurdity.

That said, we don’t want any more khichdi cooking.

We, at bon happetee, only want you to realize the goodness of khichdi and include it in your diet.

 

 

content writer - bon happetee diet plan appVishruta is a nutritionist by profession and a writer by heart. Content writing and menu planning have become her passions over the past few years.

Love food, love life — is her mantra.