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It’s no wonder many of us have been or are starting to experience the blues more regularly these days. We’re isolated in our homes without the regular routines and creature comforts of our community that we’re so used to. Some of you may even be completely quarantined from society.

This type of isolation naturally leads to an aggressive lack of motivation and even feelings of depression.

While these feelings are completely natural, that doesn’t mean you have to accept them!

First and foremost, it’s important to reach out when you’re feeling low. Whether it’s a simple email to a friend, a video chat to a family member, or a phone call to helpline, make sure to contact help when necessary. You can also visit the National Network of Depression Centers for a plethora of online, phone, and even texting resources for immediate help!

With that said, if you want to take action immediately to ameliorate those depressive feelings or boost your inner motivation to get off the couch, why not turn to food to give you a helping hand? Food can play an integral role in mental health.

This means avoiding certain foods — including saturated fat, refined sugars (and sugars in general!), heavily processed ingredients, and caffeine — and incorporating a slew of crucial, mood-boosting nutrients from vegetables, whole grains, and fruit.

Of course, there are certain plant-based ingredients that are more adept at battling those feelings of depression. These include serotonin-releasing complex carbs, — such as in vegetables, fruits, and high-fiber foods, omega-3 fatty acids, — such as in nuts, nut butter, dark leafy greens, and flaxseed oil — vitamin D, — found in small amounts mushrooms and fortified foods — and selenium, — found in brazil nuts, whole grains, and beans.

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Whole Foods Archives!

1. Millet Meatballs With Carrot and Onion SauceMillet Meatballs With Carrot And Onion Sauce And Peas 1200x750

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This Millet Meatballs With Carrot and Onion Sauce recipe by Yana Christyakova is a great non-traditional, plant-based alternative for those meatballs! Plus, you’ll get a healthy dose of complex carb-millet, vitamin-rich carrots, and savory onions.

2. Raw Almond JoysAlmond Joys Frosted 2

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Give into those baked goods cravings with this Raw Almond Joys recipe by Ashley Smyczek. A healthier dessert or snack option, yet filled with omega-3-filled almonds and complex carb-rich oats!

3. Shiitake Black Bean BurgersShiitake Black Bean Burgers

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Get a triple dose of blues-fighting nutrients from this Shiitake Black Bean Burgers recipe by Christin McKamey. Not only do you get some vitamin D from those shiitake mushrooms, but you’ll also get a dose of selenium from those black beans!

4. Deep-Dish Spinach Phyllo PiePhyllo Spinach Pie 1366x1536

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It’s definitely a good time to give into some comfort foods, yet take them for a healthy and mood-boosting spin like this Deep-Dish Spinach Phyllo Pie recipe by Lisa Dawn Angerame. Not only do you get a healthy dose of selenium and omega-3-rich spinach, but you’ll also get those lovely warm feelings while baking this treat!

5. Easy Tahini GranolaScreen Shot 2020 02 24 At 9 36 32 Pm

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This Easy Tahini Granola recipe by Robin Runner is healthy fat-rich with sesame-based tahini and sources selenium and complex carbs from rolled oats! A great, healthy snack to have on hand to fill your tummy and boost your mood.

6. Cashew ButterCashew Butter How To Make

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Not a fan of nuts? Maybe they’re just a bit too rough and tumble for your tongue. This Cashew Butter recipe by Dennis Abell promises a healthy dose of those omega-3 fatty acids to help boost your mood, fill your tummy, and make you salivate!

7. Brazil Nut FudgeRaw And Radiant 183

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Brazil nuts are one of the richest natural sources of selenium! Indulge yet another sweet-tooth recipe with this Brazil Nut Fudge by Raw and Radiant and get a loaded dose of selenium to kick those blues.

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This Mexican Rice Soup recipe by Wholesome LLC is rich in both complex carbs and selenium as it is loaded with brown rice and three types of beans — black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans!

9. Smoky Chickpeas and Kale Over Baked Sweet PotatoesScreen Shot 2020 01 19 At 8 16 19 Pm

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This Smoky Chickpeas and Kale Over Baked Sweet Potatoes recipe by Crissy Cavanaugh has it all — complex carb-rich sweet potatoes, omega-3 rich kale, and selenium-rich chickpeas!

10. Cajun Quinoa Cakes & Lemon-Dill-Sriracha RémouladeCajun Quinoa Cakes

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You’ve got the time on your hands, why not put those hands to work and get fancy with this Cajun Quinoa Cakes & Lemon-Dill-Sriracha Rémoulade recipe by Julie West! This recipe offers a dose of omega-3-rich flax seeds.

11. Glow Buns Energy BallsGlow Buns Energy Balls 1200x750

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Get a dose of mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and selenium from these sunflower seed-filled energy balls! This Glow Buns Energy Balls recipe by Emma Blake not only uses sunflower seeds, but it also has pumpkin seeds, goji berries, chia seeds, and healthy fat-filled peanut butter.

12. Raw Taco SaladRaw Taco Salad Set Back 600x450

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This Raw Taco Salad recipe by Nikki Stokes is no simple salad! Based around walnut and sun-dried tomato “taco” meat, this salad is topped off with cashew sour cream and avocado. Filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins!

13. Slow Roasted Leeks With Toasted Grains and PestoSlow Roasted Leeks With Toasted Farro And Pest 1200x750

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This Slow Roasted Leeks With Toasted Grains and Pesto recipe by Jodi Kay is the perfect way to integrate grains into your diet! Savory flavored leeks mixed with potent pesto and a cup of complex carb kamut make this dish perfect fresh or as leftovers.

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This Massaged Kale Salad recipe by Christina Bedetta takes the toughness out of this nutrient-dense, omega-3-rich dark leafy green with a bit of olive oil massage. Super simple yet mood-boosting!

15. Portobello WellingtonWellington

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This Portobello Wellington recipe by Jennifer Strohmeyer is a wonderful comfort food that’s also a natural source of vitamin D and rich in selenium to help boost your mood!

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Coconut And Brazil Nut Truffles

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Here are some great resources to get you started:

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