We’ve talked a lot in the past about ways you can help boost dopamine naturally and one way to do that is through what you eat. Since dopamine comes from amino acids, eating foods rich in aminos can help to enhance dopamine production.
Here are few recipes to try this weekend that are high in tyrosine and phenylalanine. Happy cooking!
- 1/2 cup (uncooked) Gluten-free oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats)
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- Chopped or sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp of whole milk or half and half
- 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup (can substitute with brown sugar)
Bring 1 cup of water to a fast boil and then add the oatmeal. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes. I personally don’t like mushy oatmeal so I cook mine for less time than what the package instructions call for.
When the oats are cooked, remove from the heat and drain the water. Transfer the drained oats to a serving bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients.
Garlic Avocado Toast
- 1/2 of a ripe avocado
- Slice of bread, toasted (again, I prefer gluten free but try to use a whole grain bread)
- 1 clove of raw garlic
- Micro greens
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, mash the avocado until it has the consistency of a chunky guacamole. Add salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, peel the garlic and rub it straight on the warm bread. The garlic will spread better if you make sure the bread is warm. REMEMBER: garlic is strong so don’t over-do the first time you make this. However, if you are a garlic nut, then go crazy and spread liberally.
After you’ve finished the toast, spread the mashed avocado on and top with the micro greens.
Easy cuban chicken
- 1 whole chicken, cooked
- 1/2 of a sweet onion
- 2 gloves of garlic chopped or sliced
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1/4 cup of lime juice
- 1/4 cup of orange juice
- 3/4 cup of cooked black beans
This recipe is crazy easy to make. The amount is just a guideline so you can add what you like.
Take the chicken and pull the meat off the bone and shred it by hand or with a fork. In a bowl, let the chicken marinate with lime and orange juices. I like putting both together but you can use whatever citrus you like. And the longer it marinates, the better!
While the chicken is marinating, chop the onion and garlic and sauté in a pan with a little olive oil. When the garlic and onion are translucent, add the chicken, cilantro and black beans and fry it until the chicken gets brown and crispy.
And that’s it! You can serve it with rice or plantains, top it with avocado, serve it as a sandwich…whatever you like!