Posts Tagged ‘Mood Foods’

A Real Happy Meal

Spring is in full swing in Central Florida.  Everywhere, flowers are blooming and tender baby vegetables are overflowing the produce bins.  I love this time of year when farmers’ markets are brimming with eye-candy, vibrantly-colored fruits and vegetables, and sweet aromas that border on intoxicating.

One of my seasonal favorites is the sunny yellow, orange and ruby-hued sweet peppers.  When eaten raw they make a delicious, quick and low calorie snack. When stuffed and roasted with goat cheese and basil pesto they are sublime.  As simple as it sounds, slice the peppers and remove seeds. Stuff with about a teaspoon each of goat cheese and pesto (the peppers will shrink some so be careful not to overfill).  Drizzle with your favorite oil and roast @ 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.  I serve them slightly cooled with fresh-cracked black pepper and leaves of fresh oregano or basil.

Stuff sweet peppers with your choice of herb cheeses, crab, or pesto and roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes

As beautiful as they are, there’s more to sweet peppers than meets the eye. Research shows that certain foods such as peppers can help keep hormones and brain chemicals balanced, resulting in a sunnier, calmer state of mind. For some great tips on mood-enhancing foods, watch this five minute video ‘You’re never too old for a Happy Meal’ featuring registered dietician Dr. Sheila Dean of Palm Harbor Center for Health and Healing.