Julie Daniluk’s Happy Anti-Inflammatory Dip

Guest blog post by Julie Daniluk

Why is this a Happy Dip? Because it has dopamine boosting ingredients. Bryce Wylde reported, “In a December 2008 study in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, J. Reinholz and colleagues suggest that your brain uses dopamine to tell your body when to stop eating. Low dopamine levels may also play a role in overeating for people with a genetic predisposition to low dopamine levels. And incidentally, an August 2009 article in the European Journal of Neurology, C.G. Bachmann and colleagues showed that Parkinson's sufferers who take medication to raise their dopamine levels tend to lose weight.”

Protein rich foods promote dopamine:

~Duck and Wild game

~Chicken and Turkey

~Nuts and Beans (Fava beans are a great source)

~Dark honey or coconut sweetened chocolate


The dopamine rich fava beans found in this recipe is great when entertaining guests that may be allergic to nuts. By using the food processor on high for a few more minutes than usual, you create a smooth and creamy dip.



¼ cup              unsweetened coconut or hemp milk (or use water)

¼ cup             organic olive oil

¾ cup             hemp hearts

19 oz can         fava beans (lentils can be used if fava beans are not available)

¼ cup             apple cider vinegar

½ tsp               pink rock or grey sea salt

½ tsp               nutritional yeast (optional)

1 tsp                dried basil


1. Mix in a food processor with the S-blade for 5-7 minutes until extra creamy. Makes 3 cups.


Reprinted with permission by Julie Daniluk RHN and Random House Canada / ©Meals That Heal Inflammation 2012. Visit juliedaniluk.com for more information.

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk RHN hosts the Healthy Gourmet show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first bestselling book, Meals That Heal Inflammation (Random House Canada & Hay House USA, UK, AUS) advises on allergy-free foods that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Her second book, Slimming Meals That Heal, instructs readers how to “Lose Weight Without Dieting, Using Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods.”