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A Meal to Help Fight Depression

What you eat can affect your physical health as well as your mental health. Certain foods have been proven to impact your brain’s development, which in turn can help you feel less anxious and burdened. There’s no golden ticket to feeling less heavy and lethargic, so make sure you talk to a doctor if you’re feeling hopeless, can’t stop crying, or aren’t motivated to get out of bed every day. But you can also make sure you’re eating foods that might help. This meal has fish rich in omega-3, which has been shown to help reduce depression and anxiety. If you serve it with spinach on the side, you can get a nice shot of a B vitamin to help you feel more positive.

Barramundi Veracruzana

Not only fun to say, but delicious too! Follow this recipe to have a well-balanced meal that’s low in calories and high in nutrients.

Ingredients:

  • 4 barramundi filets (or you can substitute sea bass)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt and pepper (to taste) 
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 canned jalapeños, diced (optional)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease a baking pan that can contain the fillets. Place the fish into the baking pan. In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, oregano, and salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the fish and set it aside.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, adding the onions and cooking until they’re clear. Add in the garlic and tomatoes; cook until both are tender on your spoon. Mix in the olives, capers, brown sugar, bay leaves, cinnamon and jalapeños and cloves. While your sauce continues to simmer, bake the dish of fish in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the fish from the oven, pour the sauce over top, and bake for another 5 minutes. It will come out flakey, delicious, and ready to eat! You can top it with sprigs of the thyme before enjoying. Pair the recipe with some baked potatoes or broccoli (or both) for some added nutrition!

We know it’s hard to eat healthy foods all the time, but you can certainly tell the difference in your life when you do – and with recipes like these, both for your body and your mental state! If you’ve got any concerns or are trying to improve your lifestyle, schedule a visit today by clicking below. If you’re concerned your hormones might be affecting how you eat and gain weight, find out more about them in our free webinar, found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Drolet

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