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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate 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:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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