3 Vegan recipes with foods that calm your nerves and ease anxiety
You are what you eat is quite a true statement and science has already established that certain things we consume such as: caffeine, alcohol and sugar may trigger anxiety and nervousness. So, in the same way, consuming foods that calm your nerves and ease anxiety will reduce nervousness and anxious feelings.
Unlike foods that trigger anxiety, nerve- calming foods will also provide a wealth of health benefits. The foods that calm your nerves and ease anxiety have been reported to be: melons, sweet potatoes and lemon balm.
1) sweet potato coconut curry soup
1 medium white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic minced
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2 Tbsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp chipotle (or cayenne) powder*
3/4 tsp sea salt + 1/2 tsp pepper
3 cups coconut milk (either light coconut milk or plain coconut beverage)
spicy baked chickpeas
1 can chickpeas (2 cups)
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
pinch chipotle (or cayenne) powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C).
Then start the soup by sweating the onions in a large pot over medium heat in 1/2 Tbsp coconut (or olive/canola) oil. Cook for a few minutes and then add garlic and stir.
Season with 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper and stir. Add sweet potatoes, curry powder, chipotle (or cayenne) and stir.
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.Add 1/4 tsp more salt and pepper and the coconut milk. Then cover.
Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes more.
In the meantime, prep your chickpeas by tossing them in olive oil and spices and spreading evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crispy on the outside and slightly soft on the inside. Remove and set aside for serving.
At the end of 25 minutes, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added about 1/4 tsp more salt and a pinch more chipotle. Then puree using an immersion blender, food processor or blender. Transfer back to the pot if needed and keep heat on low until ready to serve.
Will keep in the fridge for several days and the freezer for a month or so.
2) melon smoothie
1 1/2 cups chilled or frozen cantaloupe chunks
1/2 apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt or firm tofu cubes
1 Tbs. chia seeds
Blend cantaloupe, apple, celery, and Greek yogurt or tofu in blender until smooth. Stir in chia seeds
3) lemon balm and watermelon green iced tea
1 gallon water
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) green tea leaves in bags or tea infuser
¼ cup loosely packed lemon balm leaves
For the watermelon syrup:
4 cups watermelon, cut into small pieces
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced lemon balm
In a large pitcher or beverage container, combine the water, green tea, and lemon balm leaves. Place in the refrigerator and allow to steep for at least 8 hours.
In a saucepan, combine the watermelon chunks, lemon juice, lemon balm, and 2 tablespoons of water. bring to a light boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
Strain the leftover watermelon pieces and lemon balm from the mixture, pressing into the strainer to remove any extra juice. Allow the syrup to cool.
Add the syrup to the iced green tea. Stirring to combine. Serve over ice. Garnish with extra watermelon slices.
It is important to note that the foods that calm your nerves and ease anxiety will provide amazing health benefits. For example: while, sweet potato has been reported to be a healing superfood for diabetics, melons are a great food choice to combat acid reflux, and lemon balm is a natural treatment for migraine.
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