Food and Mood

How does the food you eat affect your mood and ability to function? What foods do you think are most beneficial? It is interesting to note that the same foods are beneficial for prevention and/or treatment of all disease and illness.

An overview of nutrition and psychiatry and the role of gut bacteria can be found here.

An overview of the relationship between nutrition and anxiety can be found here.


Bonnie Stern Heart Smart Cooking

Makes about 1 ½ cups

1 19oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained or 2 cups cooked chickpeas

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 TBSp lemon juice

1 TBSP olive oil, optional

½ tsp hot red pepper sauce

1 TBSP sesame oil or tahini (sesame paste)

½ tsp ground cumin

2 TBSP chopped parsley

  1. In a food processor, puree all ingredients until desired texture. I always add water one TBSP at a time until it is spreadable. Taste and adjust seasonings.

**I sometimes add a roasted red pepper if I have one. You can add more or less of the garlic, lemon, parsley etc.

Nutritionals Per TBSP: 27 Cals, 4 g Carbs, 1 gram fiber, 1 g fat, 1 g protein, 35 mg sodium

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