Bye Bye Blues Super-smoothie : Anti-depression Smoothie

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Our friends at Pure Ella sent us a delicious smoothie recipe made especially for the days you don’t have the normal pep in your step and your mood is in the dumps. Try this the next time you wake up feeling gloomy.

INGREDIENTS :

2 ripe organic bananas

1 1/2 – 2 cups flax milk (or other non-dairy milk)

handful of organic blackberries

t teaspoon of ground chia seeds

1 teaspoon of spirulina powder

1 teaspoon of rice protein powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
In a blender, mix all ingredients and serve. Makes two smoothies.

HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY THESE INGREDIENTS WILL HELP YOU BOOST YOUR MOOD SO YOU COULD SAY BYE BYE BLUES!
Foods to beat depression:

Blackberries – are loaded with antioxidants – which are found in the blackberries here have the healing power to repair damaged molecules called free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals contribute to aging also. Our brain is particularly at risk for free radical damage – that’s where our depression starts.

Bananas – have serious mood-lifting power, with their combination of vitamins B6, A, and C; fiber; tryptophan; potassium; phosphorous; iron; protein; and healthy carbohydrates. Carbohydrates aid in the absorption of tryptophan in the brain, and vitamin B6 helps convert the tryptophan into mood-lifting serotonin.

Flax milk – organic flax milk has Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Chia Seeds – are an incredible superfood! They contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats.

Spirulina – if you’re new to this superfood – it’s actually this beautiful powdered algae! A seaweed! It is a source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Eating five grams (a teaspoon) of spirulina provides about 230 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) of vitamin A and beta carotene, 150 percent of the RDAs of vitamin D and vitamin B12, and 125 percent of the RDA of vitamin K. It’s also a rich source of carotenoids, copper, vitamin E, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc.

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