10 Brain Food Recipes to Boost Your Mood

Did you know the foods we eat can affect not only our physical bodies but our state of mind? We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Drew Ramsey on our latest podcast, author behind 50 Shades of Kale (yes, that’s right!) and a psychiatrist focused on how food can do good for our brains and boost our moods.

Dr. Ramsey’s latest cookbook, Eat Complete, has some amazing stories of people who saw significant improvement in their anxiety or depression by simply changing what they ate. And what foods to change to? Dr. Ramsey has a little motto that we love: Seafood, Greens, Nuts, and Beans. It’s an easy way to remember how to eat. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite brain food recipes with seafood, greens, nuts and beans below — and check out the podcast to hear more from Dr. Ramsey’s inspiring interview.

Podcast : 50 Shades of Brain Food

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10 Brain Food Recipes

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers with Quinoa Pesto

One of our favorite ways to eat shrimp, these skewers are simple to put together and perfect for grilling season.

Brain Food Recipes: Sprouted Lentil Stew with Kale | A Couple Cooks

Sprouted Lentil Stew with Kale

This hearty stew with lentils and loads of nutrient-dense kale is a delicious way to get your greens.

Brain Food Recipes: Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta | A Couple Cooks

Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta

Our other favorite way to eat shrimp: Mediterranean-style baked with tomatoes, feta and squeezed with lemon.

Brain Food Recipes: Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper and Egg | A Couple Cooks

Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper, and Egg

This rice bowl features nutrient-rich kale alongside red peppers and portabello mushrooms, topped with a gooey egg.

Brain Food Recipes: Tropical Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp | A Couple Cooks

Tropical Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp

OK, one more shrimp recipe, this time tossed in a zesty mango salad with crispy veggies, cilantro lime dressing, and cashews.

Brain Food Recipes: Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach | A Couple Cooks

Fried Eggs with Bulgur and Spinach

This beans & greens meal can be whipped up in just 30 minutes — and we’ve got a video to prove it.

Brain Food Recipes: Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Greens | A Couple Cooks

Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Greens

This nutrient-filled savory-sweet soup features spinach, peanuts, and a dollop of mild harissa.

Brain Food Recipes: Salmon en Papillote | A Couple Cooks

Salmon en Papillote

An A Couple Cooks favorite, cooking salmon in parchment paper is quick, easy, and a romantic date night.

Brain Food Recipes: Kale Pesto White Bean Dip | A Couple Cooks

Kale Pesto White Bean Dip

Kale in dip? Yes, please. This hummus-like dip is perfect for veggies and pita chips.

Brain Food Recipes: Raw Brownies | A Couple Cooks

Raw Brownies

He said nuts, right? This wholesome dessert is made primarily of walnuts and almonds, with a few dates for some sweetness. Brain food, for sure!

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