Herbs for Happiness
The food we eat influences our mood, energy levels, and brain functioning. When we’re feeling drained and low on energy, we often reach for quick fixes to lift us up. Though delicious, these foods are usually high in simple carbohydrates and sugar, resulting in an even quicker crash. Ditch these temporary fixes for a fresher, all natural way to beat the blues.
Rich in: Vitamin A, Iron, Manganese, & Folate + antioxidants
Why it’s a special: Mint aroma decreases fatigue and anxiety while increasing your alertness. Menthol, the active oil in the mint, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help relieve indigestion and soothe an upset stomach.
Uses: teas, fruit salads, rice, smoothies, homemade ice pops, salads, water, ice cubes
Rich in: Vitamins A, C, K, & Potassium + antioxidants
Why it’s special: Known for its potent disease-fighting properties, parsley is a natural antibiotic, balances your hormones, detoxifies the body, and boosts your immune system.
Uses: salad dressings, chimichurri, hummus, french fry topping, garlic bread, baked fish, falafel
Rich in: Vitamins C, A, Iron, & Manganese + antioxidants
Why it’s special: Thyme contains a compound called carvacrol which enhances feelings of well-being by increasing serotonin & dopamine while simultaneously reducing anxiety. Thyme helps preserve cognitive functioning into old age.
Uses: scrambled eggs, stews, chicken rubs, vinaigrettes, roasted vegetables
Rich in: Vitamins A, C, K, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, & Copper + adaptogens
Why it’s special: Known as the “king of herbs,” basil stimulates the mind, increases mental reflexes, balances emotional & physical stress, and eliminates fatigue.
Uses: classic pesto, smoothies, pizza & pasta toppings, infused oil, butter, ice cream topping, water
Loaded with plenty of mint & parsley, tabbouleh is an instant mood booster!
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1 cup scallion, minced
1 hot house cucumber, deseeded and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
¼ cup olive oil
Juice from 2 lemons
½ - 1 teaspoon salt
1. Cook quinoa according to directions. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and salt when quinoa is still hot.
2. Let sit at room temperature for an hour
3. Toss in remaining ingredients. Cool in the refrigerator for several hours for more flavor!