It’s the last week of #mentalhealthawarenessmonth and if you’ve been loving these stress-reducing, mood-boosting recipes DON’T FRET — there will be plenty more to come, no matter the time of year.
But I thought I’d end May on a *body* high note (lol) with these CBD DOUBLE CHOCOLATE FUDGE COOKIES.
Yup, I went there. And let’s just say there’s no going back.
After a whole lot of trial and error with these babies (including plenty of dry, crumbly, completely unacceptable versions) I’m happy to say I have perfected the recipe for the most gooey, rich, fudgey, brownie-like cookies.
They’re also ridiculously easy to make, grain/dairy/gluten/refined-sugar-free and loaded with stress/anxiety/depression-reducing + mood-boosting ingredients including —
I sound like a broken record over here, but trust it’s for good reason. This is because CBD is rich in active compounds called cannabinoids, which interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) that governs almost every system in our body (digestive, nervous, reproductive, immune, etc.)
The cannabinoids supplied by CBD assist our ECS in creating balance and homeostasis with in our bodies, thus addressing a ton of health symptoms and working to improve your mood and sleep, while reducing inflammation, stress, anxiety, chronic pain and depression.
Lucky for us all, dark chocolate (aka cacao powder) is at the top of the list when it comes to mood-boosting foods! This is primarily because of it’s high magnesium content, which is an anti-stress mineral that regulates more than 300 biochemical reactions in our body, including sleep, digestion, muscle relaxation and mood. It’s also listed as one of the top antidepressant nutrients said to play a key role in prevention of depression/mental health challenges.
+ Pasture-Raised Eggs
Pasture-Raised Eggs are rich in omega-3’s and B-vitamins, two other antidepressant nutrients that are key building blocks for optimal brain and neurotransmitter function (aka your feel good hormones like serotonin, GABA and melatonin). Just make sure you eat the yolks, because that’s where all the good stuff is.
While engaging in practices like cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, exercise, restful sleep and meditation can boost mental health, supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive will greatly assist you in these efforts (instead of taking you further from your goal).
So when in doubt, I encourage you to try starting with real, whole, nutrient-rich foods and go from there!
And if you need some inspo, these cookies are about as good as a starting point as it gets.