Serotonin, often referred to as the "good mood" hormone, can help us feel happier and more balanced because it promotes relaxation, restful sleep, and a sense of well-being.
One nutritional way to increase serotonin levels is to eat foods that are high in tryptophan. This essential amino acid is found in turkey, cottage cheese, salmon, oatmeal (oats), cheese, yogurt, and eggs.
I’ve included one of my favorite recipes for “Feel Good Meatloaf”. In addition to tasting great, it contains a healthy amount of tryptophan.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS:
1 ½ pound ground turkey (90% lean)
1/2 cup tomato juice
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 egg whites
¼ cup chopped onions
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix ground turkey, tomato juice, tomato paste, rolled oats, egg whites, onion, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Coat a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and press the mixture into pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until meat thermometer at center reads 175 degrees.
ONE SERVING (1 SLICE):
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