This Smoothie Will Trigger Happy Chemicals in the Brain that Can Help Reduce Depression

The symptoms of depression range from mild to very serious, and while this recipe isn’t a solution that’s intended to replace other forms of treatment, we’re finding more and more information that supports having a healthy diet to combat symptoms of feeling blue. Nature has provided foods that naturally trigger happy chemicals in our brain; think chocolate or different forms of blue-green algae for their PEA content, or bananas which contain tryptophan and can trigger serotonin production in the brain (and in the tummy) which of course, results in feeling happier.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Frozen or fresh bananas (frozen makes them creamier and more like an ice cream treat)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds or hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds or flax oil
  • 1 pinch vanilla bean or tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder optional
  • 1 cup almond, coconut or hemp milk

Instructions:

  • Peel your bananas before freezing them or blending them fresh.
  • Blend your ingredients together on high until smooth and enjoy!