How To Bust A Bad Mood In Just Three Minutes
If puppies are your go-to antidepressant, we have something edible for you to consider: chocolate. The tidbit has been touted as a treatment for agitation and depression, awakening the appetite.Tucking into this universal treat offers 70 per cent lower odds of experiencing depressive symptoms. You can put it on your list as an energy hack too. You won't fall victim to a mid-morning crash if you choose 90% dark, as the tasty delight helps stabilise energy levels. However, it’s better to avoid a bar with copious amounts of sugar.
If you’re seeking an increase in endorphins and serotonin fast, then you're in luck. Active compounds in cocoa trigger pleasure signals in our brain. This is due to phenylethylamine and aphrodisiac-like properties contained within. Cocoa boosts serotonin and endorphin levels, producing a fleeting post-eating elation. The effect may be short-lived, but according to a 2007 study published in the journal Appetite – chocolate can soothe a bad mood in three minutes.
Not only that, but cocoa is a chemical powerhouse. The substance is full of active compounds that can be quickly absorbed by our bodies. The psychoactive ingredients including theobromine, a caffeine-like molecule, acts as a mild stimulant. Cannabinoids are also present- commonly found in dope. The presence of these stimulants boosts energy and mood. Of course, it depends on what type of chocolate you scoff, to receive the benefits. The darker the chocolate, the better it is for you.
Raw cocoa has a superior nutritional profile, as the bean is retained due to no heat treatment. Cocoa contains naturally high levels of flavanols, magnesium and protein, as well as many beneficial chemicals and minerals that balance blood sugar, maintaining heart function and brain health.
So spark your mood to happiness with this vegan choc frosty that has enough flavanols to keep you lifted. It is guilt-free too. Our recipe is bound to ignite a flurry of nostalgias. Enhance your headspace to serotonin naturally with this drink. Let the liquid goodness collapse into a warm, succulent, sweet fluid of complexity.
Vegan Choc Frosty
1⁄2 Frozen Avocado
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup of Cashew Milk
1⁄4 Cup of Coconut Yoghurt
2 Tsp of Raw Cocoa Powder 3 Ice Cubes
Perhaps it is a little dangerous to say a bar a day keeps the doctor away. But there’s nothing wrong with feeling happy, right?
Written By: Corinna Harris