Feeling a little low? Brighten up by biting into some B vitamins!
B vitamins boost our mood by regulating the production of neurotransmitters that fight depression such as dopamine and serotonin. Garbanzo beans are a fantastic source. One cup of garbanzo beans contains 70% of your daily need of this key nutrient.
Vitamin B6 is also critical to managing your mood and you can find it in great snacks like pistachio nuts.
B12 is arguably the most important B vitamin. B12 is only found in animal based foods, so if you are eating a strict plant-based diet, make sure you supplement your diet or find foods that are fortified with B12 such as certain soymilks and cereals.
Feeling inspired? Try my recipe for heart-healthy hummus!
1 can Garbanzo Beans/ “Chickpeas”
1/3 cup Tahini (found near peanut butter at health food store)
2-3 cloves, peeled and chopped garlic
Juice of 1-2 lemons
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground coriander
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Red Pepper Hummus Option: add ¼ - ½ cup fresh red pepper
Directions: Puree all ingredients in food processor until smooth and creamy.
Enjoy with a crudités such as carrots, celery, squash, zucchini, string beans, red and yellow peppers, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes!