Can you change your mood by changing the food you eat? I would argue; yes! Because the gut-brain connection is incredibly strong! 🌿
One of the things that fascinates me the most about holistic health, is how it’s all connected! Your entire body – body and mind – is connected, and one thing affects the other, and the other way around, it’s incredibly fascinating!
As much as 90(!!)% of serotonin is made in your gut! Serotonin is the “happy hormone”/neurotransmitter, that is responsible for making you happy.
Let me just say that again – 90%!
What can we derive from that fact? That the food you eat and digest literally affect your mood!
You can thereby INCREASE your emotional well-being and happiness by eating more “gut friendly” food, such as whole foods, vegetables, fruits, fermented foods, probiotics etc. – the things that makes your gut health better! And by improving your gut health you will thereby – in the long run, also be able to improve your overall well-being!
Isn’t that just amazing?
Not to mention that eating “gut friendly food”, can also help if you have digestive problems or skin issues – because, it’s all connected! 🌿
Read also: 5 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health
Do you know that feeling when you just need something to snack on? Like, right now! But you don’t want to do like a big effort into making it? Then these quick, easy & delicious banana oat cookies are for you! 🌿
I’ve used this recipe for yeaaaars, and it’s just such a quick and easy snack to make, and you can make it in 15 minutes! It takes no time. But little disclaimer, you do have to like banana, otherwise this probably ain’t for you.
These “healthy cookies” are also delicious to make more of and bring with you for snacks at school, uni or work.
2 ripe bananas
4 cups of oats
1-2 tsp of cacao powder
Some dark chocolate
Turn on the oven to 200 degrees (celsius), and find yourself a big bowl. Mash 2 ripe bananas very well, put it in the bowl, and then add around 4 cups of oats, 1-2 tsp of cacao powder and put in a few roughly sliced dark chocolate pieces.
Form them into as big or as small cookies as you want, I usually make 4-5 out of this amount of ingredients. Put them on a baking tray with parchment paper. Then put them into the oven at the 200 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool down for just a few minutes, and then eat with a nice cup of tea – so good!
You’ve probably heard about magnesium before, but do you know how important it is for your body to function properly? In this blogpost I will share about the benefits of magnesium & how you can take it 🌿🌿
Magnesium is a supplement you need to know about, especially if you suffer from migraines, headaches, muscle cramps or have problems with your sleep . As you might know, I work in a health store, and I have so many customers who swear by magnesium – especially for muscle cramps.
But no wonder why, magnesium is such an important mineral for your body! Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in your bones, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including your blood. Every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function properly.
Magnesium is actually involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, such as: energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements and nervous system regulation.
Benefits of Magnesium
As magnesium helps calm your nervous system and relax your body, it can be very beneficial to help with headaches, migraines or muscle cramps of any kinds.
If you feel like you’re about to get a headache, you can fx try to take a magnesium supplement (and of course, drink plenty of water!). Many people also find that it helps with reducing muscle cramps or that it’s good to take after exercising.
Because it helps to calm down your nervous system, many people also find that it helps to improve their sleep, as their body relaxes more.
Different ways to take magnesium
- You can take a magnesium supplement, either in capsules or in powder form where you mix it with water and drink it
- You can use an magnesium oil or spray to put on your body or feet
- You can take an epsom salt footbath
- You can of course also get magnesium through your diet. Foods that are high in magnesium are fx dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, avocados, legumes and whole grains. Magnesium is found in almost all foods, but especially foods that are high in fibre
Read also: The Benefits of Flaxseeds
Dhal is one of my absolutely favourite dishes! Not only is it super delicious, healthy and comforting – but it’s also so easy to make 🌿
So today I want to share my all-time favourite dhal recipe with you all – because this is just so delicious, and I keep coming back to this recipe!
My Favourite Dhal Recipe
This makes for a giant portion (just so you know, which also makes it ideal for meal-prepping)
- 4 cups of red lentils
- 8 cups of water
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 can of sliced tomatoes
- 1/2 a cabbage, sliced roghly
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 2 vegetables bouillon cubes
- 2 tbs of mild curry powder
- 1 tbs of chili powder
How to do it:
Pour all the ingredients into a big pot. Turn up the heat, bring it to a boil. Put a lid on it and bring down the heat a bit, and let it boil for around 30 minutes. Stir in it from time to time, to make sure it doesn’t burn to the bottom.
You can choose to eat the dhal just as it is, which tastes delicious, or you can also make some rice to it (fx basmati rice taste delicious with this), and you can top it with spinach, kale, sesame seeds, peanuts or whatever kind of garnish you prefer
Read also: Delicious Veggie Curry Recipe
Today I want to share one of my all-time-favourite recipes with you! In it’s essence, it’s very simple, but it’s such a delicious and easy way to get a bunch of veggies in! So I can highly recommend trying this delicious veggie curry recipe! 🙌🌿🥦
My boyfriend loooves curry and I love veggies, and since I have a few work days where I work quite late, we like to make a big batch of dinner sometimes so that we have leftovers for a couple of days – and then we came up with this dish! This gives you PLENTY of food, so it’s also really good to make it you want to make lunch for a couple of days. I absolutely love this dish, because it’s easy and such a great way to get plenty of veggies in!
VEGGIE CURRY RECIPE
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 1 broccoli
- 3-4 potatoes
- 3-4 carrots
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 squash
- 1 little cabbage / 1/2 a big cabbage
- 1-2 leeks
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 2 cans of coconut milk
- 1-2 tsp of curry paste
- 1-2 tsp of thyme
- 1-2 tbs of mild curry powder
Start with warming the garlic, onion and curry paste in some olive oil. Then add potatoes, carrots and leeks and let it stir for a while. Then add the rest of the vegetables together with coconut milk and the rest of the spices and let it sit for 20-30 minutes with a lid on it.
You can eat the dish with some rice or quinoa to it, and adding some fresh spinach and sesame seeds is also very delicious!
Let me know if you want to try this dish! And if you have tried it, did you like it? Do you want to see more recipe ideas? 🙌🌿🥦
Read also: Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe