By Annie Henson
After a break up or a bad week, when my head is all a mess; there’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of tea, or a pint of ice cream… But what about these distinctly “comfort foods” make them so comforting? Is the soothing effect they have all psychological, or is there more to it? Here is a look at a few of my favorite recipes and recipes I am dying to try that illustrate the real powers of food and drink to help you out of a blue mood. Next time you have a rough day or week try out one of these recipes to help get you back on your feet and feeling sunny.
There are few things more soothing than a warm chai latte in the morning. I must say I was happy to find out that, according to the ancient Indian philosophy of Ayurvedic, chai can be used to calm nerves and clear minds. If lattes aren’t your thing, or if you can’t get enough chai in one mug, these ROOBIOS MASALA CHAI WAFFLES are a must.
Waking up with a bowl of BANANAS FOSTER OATMEAL will give you a head-start on getting out of any gray mood. Bananas are full of potassium, magnesium, and serotonin, which are known to help reduce stress and help you focus. Plus, the toasted walnuts in this have the wonderful Omega-3 fats that are also great for your brain and help with depressed moods. This recipe skips the rum, but it’s five o’clock somewhere, right?
This ZA’ATAR, CHILI, CARMALIZED ONION, POMEGRANATE PIZZA is not your typical pie, that’s for sure! But hey, a break-up is the perfect time for an upgrade. Plus, the fancy toppings will help you feel happier (and so sophisticated!). Our brains actually react to the hot capsaicin in the chili peppers by releasing endorphins that naturally cheer us up!
Maybe you’re angry at an ex, or a boss, or an ex-boss, I say let it out on the dough of this (definitely not vegan) PEAR, WALNUT, BLUE CHEESE PIZZA! Pears have B6, which is needed for the production of the mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Plus, it’s another excuse to eat those tasty, brain-aiding, walnuts!
This next one is definitely on my must-try list. When I think of comforting food, a bowl chili and chocolate are definitely near the top. This DARK CHOCOLATE BEEF CHILI throws them together. GENIUS! The spicy jalapeños will help with the blues. Top that with the tomatoes’ lovely B6 vitamins and other nutrients that stave off bad moods, and chocolate’s endorphin-producing power, this is pretty much happiness in a bowl!
Chick-flick, tissues, and Chinese take out — its the typical break-up recovery routine. Next time you, a girlfriend, or a boyfriend (boys need comfort food too!) need to cry it out, swap the typical pad thai for these SOBA NOODLES WITH TEA-POACHED SALMON and let it work its magic. The Salmon and complex carbs of the noodles help keep the positive signals flowing in the brain. So pop that Rom-Com in and slurp up those noodles!
No list of break-up food would be complete without some kind of ice cream, the traditional break-up band-aid. It has actually been proven that indulging in nostalgic treats, like ice cream, increase serotonin levels and boost mood. This VANILLA-BOURBON WALNUT CRUMBLE ICE CREAM also provides stressing-reducing Vanilloids and brain-boosting walnuts!
Next time you’re feeling anxious or troubled, grab your favorite mug, a good book, and whip up this TULSI AND ROSE TEA. The vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, potassium, and magnesium in the rose are known to help calm the nervous system.
This CHAMOMILE TEA LATTE is sure to help you relax when life’s a little much. Chamomile has been known to help calm nerves and aid with sleep. Does that not look like a hug in a mug!
Use these recipes if you need some comforting, or just because they look delicious and will definitely boost your mood! And remember: without the hard times we wouldn’t know how to appreciate the good times!
All photographs were found on the recipe websites listed as hyperlinks throughout the posts. A