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Boost your mood with food! 3 salmon recipes to try

These salmon recipes will help boost your mood!

Food and mood are intricately connected. How you eat impacts how you feel.

Becca Jackson shares salmon recipes that boost your mood—mentally and physically! It’s like a recipe for happiness.

Find more recipes from Becca @ifthecookiefits.


We often turn to sugar as a way to improve our mood (hello, ice cream!). Small doses of sugar here and there are fine, but thinking more long-term will feel even better that a sweet treat tastes. Instead, reach for foods will make you happier, more energetic and offer clarity of mind. We want to build a food foundation on whole ingredients – foods with healthy fats, vitamins and anti-oxidants that our body needs.

Mood Booster Foods

Mood Boosting foods are shown to help boost your mood and outlook. These key ingredients will help you balance your blood sugar levels, consume nourishing fats, and get in your amino acids and B-vitamins.

  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Bell Peppers
  • Sunflowers Seeds
  • Chocolate
  • Chia Seeds
  • Dark Leaves

Salmon tops the list! Salmon is full of omega-3 fats that absorb all the other fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, and K). Pairing good veggies with salmon helps your body better absorb all of the good-for-you nutrients.

Here are three ways to serve up this “happy food” in simple and delicious ways. These recipes are good to make in a dinnertime pinch, or to prep ahead to enjoy all week long!

To cook salmon, line a 9×13 glass dish with aluminum foil and give it a light coat of olive oil or avocado oil. Place the salmon filet in the center of the dish and sprinkle it lightly with a course, quality salt. Bake it 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Lazy Gal’s Salmon Rice Bowl

  • Melt some butter in a skillet pan.
  • Crack and egg directly into the pan.
  • Add pre-cooked rice.
  • Add frozen vegetables, like peas and carrots.
  • Let everything heat through and cook thoroughly.
  • Add a splash of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce to offer finishing flavor.
  • Add salmon on top and enjoy!

Salmon Chickpea Salad

Prepare a bed of crisp greens and add whole ingredients like boiled eggs, chickpeas, and peppers. Top with salmon and dressing of choice.

Salmon Lentil Bowl

Cook lentils, adding small amounts of butter and salt for flavor. Serve with salmon and a side of roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, zucchini). Sprinkle a small handful of sunflower seeds for a healthy crunch, and dress it with barbeque sauce for a final flavor zing.

Becca Jackson is passionate about living a happy and healthy life! She loves good food, a good group fitness class and, yes, cookies! She is the author of “Make it Fit with Becca Jackson,” a cookbook that focuses on simply, whole ingredients. You can connect with her on Instagram at @ifthecookiefits.

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