Reduce bloating, ease stress and lift brain fog with Joy Bauer's simple food remedies

Joy Bauer's lentil hummus, zucchini boats and chickpea blondies may help with more than just satisfying hunger.
by Joy Bauer / / Source: TODAY

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Ready to tap into the curative powers of food? Research has shown that key compounds in certain foods may help prevent a variety of conditions so we can feel our best every day.

My new cookbook, "Joy's Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever's Ailing You," tackles 20 of the most common, everyday ailments (including belly fat, bloating, low energy, anxiety, stress and more!) and shares recipes that may help improve each condition. And the best part? Many of them use ingredients you can find at your local grocer and you can easily make them at home. Check out my personal favorite tasty food fixes for bloating, stress and anxiety and brain fog.

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This recipe combines the de-bloating power of four foods: zucchini, chicken breast, peppermint and kefir. It also delivers the deliciousness in a fun presentation of zucchini boats. The kefir-mint topping is divine, but can be omitted if you're lactose intolerant.

Looking for a sweet treat that won't slow you down? These blondies may help settle stress and ease anxiety thanks to the vitamin C-packed orange, soothing chamomile and chickpeas. And it doesn't hurt that they are absolutely delicious.

Joy Bauer's Lentil Hummus

This recipe is a nice spin on the classic dip, incorporating lentils instead of chickpeas. Lentils are a brain-boosting ingredient and, in some studies, have been shown to help clear brain fog and improve cognition. Celery, which is rich in a nutrient called luteolin that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, is the perfect dipper for this spread.

If you like those feel-good recipes, you should also try these:

Joy Bauer's Burrito Bowls

For healthy tips, follow Joy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, check out her cookbook "From Junk Food to Joy Food," and watch her on NBC's Health+Happiness every weekend.

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