Last week we learned about strategies to deal with anxiety. But did you know that food can also help with alleviating anxiety? When we experience chronic stress and anxiety, it causes our bodies to react and create chronic inflammation. Gastrointestinal problems increase and our immune system goes into overdrive making it harder to fight an infection. Taking the right food can be part of our defense against the effects of stress and anxiety. Health expert JJ Virgin shares with us some of the top foods that can help do this.
In the context of mental health, ginger is a great go-to for managing nausea if you’re experiencing anxiety that’s creating an upset stomach.It also has anti-inflammatory effects, helping reduce the increased inflammation that anxiety and stress can bring on. Plus, studies in animals have found that ginger can protect the brain against anxiety-related oxidative...
12 cage free or organic hard boiled eggs, peeled and cooled
2 ripe avocados, cut in half, pit scooped out
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon Italian flat parsley, minced
2 tablespoons green onions, minced (reserve 1 teaspoon green part for garnish)
2 Julienned pieces of nitrate and nitrite-free prosciutto (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 3 minutes, remove from the oven. Set aside to cool.
2. Add the shallots and chili to a bowl together with the fish sauce and red wine vinegar to pickle while preparing the rest.
3. Section the citrus by slicing off the ends, removing the peel, then using a sharp knife to cut clean sections out between the membranes.
4. Transfer all the citrus segments into the bowl with the shallots and chili. Squeeze the citrus mixture, using your hands, to release some of the juices.
5. Toss the...
If you want dinner in minutes, here's an easy dish to serve. In her blog, Chef Sally Cameron tells us that scallops cook quickly and can be served with many different sauces for a variety of flavor options. With a simple technique and the right pan, seared scallops are ready in minutes. And for this dish you can opt out of the wine and choose a light broth or just plain water. Check out the recipe here!
Here's a recipe from our friends at the Daniel Plan.
Tender pieces of grilled chicken with fresh flavors of rosemary and lemon make for a healthy and colorful dinner. Vary the vegetables according to your liking. Serve with brown rice and a tossed green salad.
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Kosher or sea salt
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
1−2 red bell peppers
4 small zucchini
1 small Japanese eggplant (optional)
½ red onion (optional)
1. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, and mustard. Add two good pinches of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Divide marinade into two portions, one as marinade for raw chicken and one to use as a sauce after grilling.
2. Cut chicken into large chunks, about...