They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While surely that can be argued, if you struggle with depression, this is probably not only true but important. It might be time to take a look at what you’re putting into your body. While I am not a doctor by any stretch (always consult with yours!!), I do know first hand how different foods can affect our chemistry. Food has a large impact on our moods and how we feel. Work alongside your doctor if you need one and try starting your day off with a few of these options to see if it helps. It can’t hurt, right? Today, here are 4 Great Breakfasts To Help Fight Depression.
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4 Great Breakfasts To Help Fight Depression
1. Avocado Toast
Avocados contain healthy fats that your brain needs in order to function perfectly. They are enriched with lutein, beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin B, as well as vitamins C and E12. Also, they contain more folate compared to other fruits. They are rich in protein and the amino acid tryptophan which can increase serotonin production. That is considered the ‘mood regulating hormone’. Mash up an avocado, add some salt and pepper, and spread onto a piece of gluten-free toasted bread for a fabulous start to the day!
Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) are one of the families of fruits that contain the highest antioxidants. However, blueberries are ranked first! They are rich in vitamin C which is believed to effectively combat stress and reduce blood pressure. Grab a bowl full of berries and enjoy it with a small bowl of yogurt, Kiefer, or even oatmeal and a great boost of vitamins to your mental health.
3. Anti-Stress Banana Smoothie
Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6. Likewise, they also work to help reduce stress and relieve anxiety. Whipping up a simple smoothie that is power packed with all the vitamins to help set you up for your day. There are some days that can just feel harder than others right from the beginning. Breakfasts like these might not help all the way, but they sure aren’t going to hurt! Check out this banana smoothie idea, HERE.
4. High Protein Power Bowl
What exactly is a power bowl? It’s a meal or bowl packed with power foods that can help your brain to function at it’s best. A power bowl typically consists of four things: Grains, Vegetables or Fruit, Protein, and Dressing. For a great breakfast idea, you could add rolled oats, blueberries, cranberries, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, my favorite protein powder and maple syrup. Add it all in and gobble it up! Here’s a great recipe that you might love.
In conclusion, depression is actually super serious. It can’t typically be fought with foods alone. That will depend on your own circumstances and chemistry. You, your doctor and/or therapist know what’s best so follow their lead. I have struggled with depression for my whole life. While I am under a doctors care, I do find that the foods I eat (or don’t eat) tend to influence the way I feel throughout the day. So why not set yourself up for the best success possible? You’re a busy working mom who matters to a lot of people. What you put into your body is important. Why not start the day out right?
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