Healthy Gut = Happy Mind

brain gut health mature womanDid you know 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut?  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter vital for proper brain function. When you produce serotonin in the right quantities, your thinking is clear and you feel positive and on top of things.  Too little serotonin is linked to states of depression and anxiety.

So, when you care for your gut you actually help produce more serotonin.  It’s worth putting effort into eating well for your gut’s and brain’s sake!

Almond & Basil Paste 

1 cup almonds

Handful of basil

Splash of lemon

Pinch of salt

Water to dilute as necessary

Soak almonds for at least 4 hours. Then plunge in boiling water for 60 seconds.  Sit in the sunshine (optional 🙂 to shell almonds. They pop out of their skins easily! Blend all other ingredients.  Add a little water as necessary to make a smooth paste.

Serve on blinis, crackers or pasta.

Leftover Vegie Lasagna 

What do you do when your working from home, your starving and you haven’t shopped for a few days? You can drive to a cafe and buy something or you can get creative.  At lunch time today I opened the fridge door and was confronted by wilted vegetables.  I LOVE spinach pie with Fetta cheese but no dairy is allowed on the 30 day wheat free,  dairy free diet (sigh!).  

Layered Vegie Pie 

  • Cook spinach 
  • Add 2 eggs to spinach 
  • Bake and mash by hand  pumpkin 
  • Bake eggplant 
  • Layer and bake for a further 30 mins.