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Mocha Mousse

This dessert tastes like a major indulgence and is an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. You will want to use medjool dates because they are bigger and softer than other types and will blend smoother without leaving little bits in the mousse.

STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

This delectable side dish may easily be mistaken for dessert! Stuffed with apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon, maple syrup and topped with pecans, this dish is not only delicious but is also high in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6 – making this a good anti-anxiety and anti-depression food!

MAKING TURKEY STOCK OR BONE BROTH

Bone broth is something your grandmother (at least your great-grandmother) made religiously. It was used to treat every kind of sickness as well as a base (stock) for adding vegetables and grains to make soups and stews. Simmering the bones leaches out beneficial nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus – all playing an important role in counteracting depression and anxiety!

PARMESAN CHICKEN

This is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. It is unbelievably moist and flavorful and super easy to make. Prep time is 5-10 minutes. It is a great source of B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and protein, making it a super anti-depressant food!

Easy autumn cooking

      I love the combination of healthy and easy! This is where gardening really pays off – when you can walk outside and gather a variety of healthy, organic vegetables, throw them in a crockpot with a chicken (organic, free-range of course!) and a few hours later, enjoy a nutrition packed meal that money really can’t buy in most restaurants. For this meal I put a chicken in the crockpot and added leeks, red potatoes, carrots, kale, onions, garlic, parsley, and rosemary from the garden. I also added some salt and black pepper. I did not add any liquid, I just want it all to simmer in the juices from the chicken. You can buy any variety of vegetables and experiment with different combinations. This is just how easy it is to eat whole, healthy food.  ...

Simply Nutritious

Eating for mental health does not need to be complicated or difficult. During the summer I do a lot of grilling outside. Here I just rubbed a little bit of olive oil on a piece of salmon and placed it on top of a couple of sprigs of dill I snagged out of the garden. I piled some more dill on top then put the pan on a hot grill and cooked the fish for about 2-3 minutes on each side. The blackened, crispy dill adds a wonderful flavor to the fish. If you don’t have fresh dill, you can just sprinkle both sides with dried dill and it will work just as well.