Bananas are a miracle fruit for people dealing with depression, anxiety and stress. They’re packed full of brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin B6, potassium and natural fruit sugars that help feed the brain in times of stress.
This anti-stress banana smoothie helps deal with moodiness, nervous habits, depression, irritability, racing thoughts and poor concentration. Bananas are one of the few fruits that contain the amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6, both of which help to produce the natural chemical serotonin in the brain (the “happy chemical”). More serotonin production means better moods, better sleep, and overall feelings of euphoria.
The high potassium levels in bananas (and dates) is also great for helping counteract stress. Potassium helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain, and regulates the body’s water balance. When we get stressed, our metabolic rate rises, and our potassium levels are reduced – so this smoothie helps prevent that!
An anti-stress banana smoothie also wouldn’t be complete without coconut water. Coconut water helps balance our electrolyte levels to keep us calm and anxiety-free.
Anti-Stress Banana Smoothie
– 5 ripe, spotty bananas
– 3 medjool dates, pitted
– 1 cup young coconut water
– 1 inch fresh ginger root
– Optional: pinch of cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh turmeric root (about 1 inch fresh or 2 tsp. powdered)
Run all of the above ingredients through a blender and serve immediately. Enjoy!