Holidays over? Do not despair, but cook. Prepare these 5 good humor recipes
Do you know what comfort food is? The food that gives comfort, that gives a smile, that makes you feel good, that improves your mood.
A treat for the palate to speak.
It can be comfort food a chocolate cube, a hot soup when it's cold outside, a pizza, an ice cream and even a fruit.
But comfort food is also a dish linked to a moment of life, to a beautiful memory, like a childhood recipe, for example. Remember Proust's madeleines? This is the concept.
Italians generally love homemade comfort foods, those related to home, family recipes, tradition.
All thanks to serotonin
Very often to put of good mood it is not the recipe itself but the raw material. Some foods, in fact, manage to make us smile again more than others.
All thanks to the serotonin, also known as a good mood hormone, a neurotransmitter found mainly in the central nervous system and in the gastro-intestinal tract. In the digestive system it regulates digestion, while in the central nervous system it regulates mood, sleep, appetite, learning and memory.
Good serotonin levels in the blood range from 101 to 283 ng / ml. Serotonin deficiency can cause depression, panic attacks, migraine, hypertension and insomnia.
Our body produces serotonin from tryptophan, a substance that we can take through nutrition. Foods that contain a higher concentration of tryptophan include eggs, milk and dairy products, meat and salmon, algae, soybeans, sesame and sunflower seeds, cocoa, dark chocolate, potatoes, bananas, rice, whole grains, vegetables green leafy, walnuts and almonds.
There are also foods that represent a real source of serotonin. These include cocoa and chocolate, nuts, kiwis, pineapples, cherries, tomatoes, bananas and plums.
Here then 5 quick and tasty ideas (and rich in serotonin!) to be brought to the table to face the end of the holidays with a smile.