We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But what if the quality of the food impacts not only our physical health but our mental wellbeing too?
Just as we wouldn’t expect a luxury car to run on anything but premium gasoline, we shouldn’t expect our bodies to function to their full potential if we’re running on processed or refined foods. Like an expensive car, ingesting low-quality fuel can have a negative consequence.
To keep running at full speed, we need to nourish our bodies with high-quality foods enriched with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The same is true for our minds. We want you to kick back and relax this summer, so we’re sharing the foods that are not only good for your body but also have vitamins and nutrients that aid in promoting a positive mental state.
Here are some common mind and body boosting nutrients that’ll fuel your lifestyle:
Folate (Folic Acid and Vitamin B9)
Folate is found mainly in leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, but can also be found in fruits, nuts, beans and whole grains. An increased intake is associated with a lower risk of depression.
The nutrient is crucial for pregnant women, but everyone can benefit from healthy cell growth. Folate also boosts hair, skin, nails, eyes, liver and red blood cell production.
If you’re looking to increase your folate intake, try our limited-edition Summer Berry Salad! It’s a kale base topped with blueberries, strawberries, feta, toasted almonds, red onion and maple Dijon dressing.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a higher rate of depression compared to those who have sufficient levels. Although most foods do not naturally contain Vitamin D, many are fortified, including milk and orange juice. Those who are still Vitamin D deficient may add a supplement into their diet to reach their daily recommended intake. Our bodies naturally generate Vitamin D after sun exposure. Just five to thirty minutes of sun exposure twice a week generally produces enough – but remember to wear sunscreen!
Bump up your Vitamin D with our Peanut Butter Mocha smoothie or Banana Split Smoothie Bowl, both made with Almond milk. Prefer something fruity? Our Skinny Dip smoothie is made with orange juice, strawberry and banana.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Studies have suggested that omega-3s are helpful in the treatment of depression and have a mood-stabilizing effect. The essential fatty acids are thought to reduce inflammation, the primary cause of conditions like arthritis and asthma, and promote heart health.
Oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, anchovies and sardines) are highly recommended sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association suggests eating these types of fish at least twice a week. Walnuts, flax (or flaxseed oil), olive oil, basil and dark leafy greens are other good sources.
These ingredients + more can be found in our array of wraps with the Chicken Caprese, Fuego Huevo and Spicy Griego. Each are made fresh to order with your choice of tortilla: spinach, wheat, low carb, or gluten free.
Here at Beyond Juicery + Eatery, we are committed to providing great-tasting food that is good for you. Our wide array of bowls, smoothies, juices and more, use only premium ingredients to help fuel your body and mind to be at their best.