Food, stress and depression

dessert backStress, anxiety, memory loss, depression… These conditions are all linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and a bad diet. It’s well-known that junk food is bad for the body and the heart, and it has been proven to have a disastrous effect on the brain.

By junk food, I don’t necessarily mean McDonald’s or Pizza Hut. In the same category you’ll find chocolate bars, ready meals, industrial bread, white pasta, salad dressing, everything that is labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘sugar free’, industrial fruit juices, margarine, sports drinks, processed so-called organic food, breakfast cereal, cake, …. the list is endless! Continue reading

The Green Pea Guacamole

Try it and you’ll love it! Guacamole itself is a delicious and very healthy treat, but it is still full of good fats – which we need, but in moderation. Replacing half the avocado with green peas makes the recipe lighter both in terms of flavour and nutrition. Another benefit is that it’s less costly (where I live, avocados are quite expensive).

This recipe will take you about 10 minutes. You can keep it super healthy by serving it with fresh, crunchy crudités such as radishes or carrot sticks.  Continue reading

The Vitamin C Juice

Call me crazy but after a long day at work, juicing relaxes me. I love creating new juices with whatever fruit and veggies I have; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This one is definitely a winner! It’s hydrating, sweet and a little spicy. I’d recommend it on a hot summer day although it also works its magic on a cold and rainy winter morning.

It’s a Vitamin C powerhouse!  All its ingredients are source of vitamin C: lemon, carrots, celery, fennel, apple, pear, and ginger! You might want to consider taking this at least once a week to help you strengthen your immune system.

Continue reading