Anti-Anxiety Smoothie {recipe}

Anti-Anxiety Smoothie {recipe}

It’s Mid-term Elections week, and you know what that means! Yes, it means you need to get out and VOTE (exercise that right, y’all!), but it also means that for many people, anxiety is sky-high. I think we can all agree that our country is very divided right now, and we’re all feeling our way in terms of dealing with some strong emotions like anger, confusion, anxiety, and stress.

But guess what? there are things you can do to decrease your stress and stabilize your mood — starting with what you put into your body! You know that old adage “junk in = junk out?” What you put into your body matters, and it impacts your mood and how you are then able to handle stress and overwhelm. So let’s agree to take care of that right now.

Lucky for you, I’m the self-appointed Smoothie Queen, and I created a smoothie recipe just for you! Behold, I give you:

The Anti-Anxiety Smoothie

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Lots of foods are known for their calming components — foods that have things like omega 3 fatty acids and magnesium. So I did a little research into what delicious smoothie ingredients are loaded with these mood-busting goodies, and came up with this recipe.

Scroll for the recipe and a printable version below, but here are the ingredients and how they work to lower your stress/anxiety:

Spinach: Leafy greens like spinach are rich in magnesium, which helps maintain blood-sugar levels. Magnesium deficiencies can lead to mood imbalances — we don’t want that!

Pineapple: Rich in Vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties that may help reduce inflammation and prevent damage to cells that may promote anxiety.

Chia Seeds: Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to ease anxiety symptoms

Banana: Bananas have the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin in the body and may promote relaxation and anxiety relief. They also have magnesium (see Spinach above).

Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful substance containing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. To get the full benefits of this herb, it’s recommended to take a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin (1 gram per day). Taking it with black pepper increases the body’s ability to absorb it, too.

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INGREDIENTS

1 c. plant-based milk

1 banana

1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder (I like Juice Plus Complete in French Vanilla — buy it here)

1 handful spinach

1 c. frozen pineapple chunks

1 T. chia seeds

1 t. ground turmeric

Want a printable copy? Click here!

I know life is stressful, and our political atmosphere is not helping this one bit. So do yourself a favor — put good, healthy food into your body that can help you balance your mood, so you have a better chance of remaining calm and clear-headed.

Be Well!

Jenny

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