Anti-Depression Foods!

November 3, 2012

As the days continue to become shorter until Christmas, we see that a lack of light can have a depressing effect on many of us.


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But there is good news: Food influences our moods and we can therefore fight depression. Let’s take advantage of the following 5 well-being foods:

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids, essential for the smooth functioning of the nervous system. They are found in fatty fish.
  2. Complex carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice, barley or breakfast cereals, which allow our body to secrete serotonin, the “molecule of happiness.”
  3. Proteins contained in certain foods (shellfish, egg whites, cheese) that stimulate the production of dopamine, another neurotransmitter connected with pleasure.
  4. Vitamins, especially those in Group B that intervene on the level of the nervous system. They are found in green vegetables including lettuce, beans, peas, spinach, etc.
  5. Magnesium, which has a relaxing effect on the body. Good sources are legumes, seeds, nuts, dark green vegetables and chocolate.

Here are some delicious recipes with anti-depression foods:

Asian-Style Marinated Salmon

anti-depression - Asian-Style Marinated Salmon  Original Version

Salmon is a good source of omega-3 and proteins.

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Hulled Barley Bread

anti-depression - Hulled Barley Bread

Barley is a complete grain. This recipe is a source of magnesium and B12.

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Portobello Egg on Spinach

anti-depression - Portobello Egg on Spinach

This recipe is a source of vitamins, including vitamin B12, and minerals, including magnesium.

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Vegetable and Egg Salad with a Creamy Dressing

anti-depression - Vegetable and Egg Salad with a Creamy Dressing

A colorful dish to fight the blues. In addition, it is very rich in nutrients.

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No-Cook Date Bars

anti-depression - No-Cook Date Bars

Dark chocolate cannot be missing from an anti-blues menu.

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Which recipe are you going to try to fight seasonal depression? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or in the comments below!

This article was originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 3, 2012. 

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Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

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