5 Recipes to Boost Your Magnesium Intake

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Magnesium is a critical mineral that plays a significant role in over 300 enzyme reactions within the human body. It aids in muscle and nerve function, supports the immune system, and helps maintain heart health. In spite of its importance, many people do not meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of magnesium, which is around 400 mg for adults. However, increasing your magnesium intake can be delicious and satisfying with the right recipes. Here are five scrumptious recipes that are also magnesium-rich.

1. Dark Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Who said nutritious couldn’t be indulgent? A dark chocolate banana smoothie is a heavenly combination of taste and health, with dark chocolate and bananas being excellent sources of magnesium.

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  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Blend all the ingredients until smooth, and enjoy this delectable smoothie that can kickstart your day with an excellent boost of magnesium.

2. Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Black Beans

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Quinoa, black beans, and avocado, the stars of this dish, are all rich in magnesium. This salad is not only wholesome but also exceptionally flavorful.


  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, toss until well-mixed, and serve this magnesium-rich salad as a main dish or side.

3. Almond-Crusted Salmon

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Salmon and almonds are two powerhouse sources of magnesium, and combining them in this recipe makes for an exciting, nutritious entrée.


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup of crushed almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then coat with crushed almonds. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. This dish pairs wonderfully with a side of sautéed spinach, another great magnesium source.

4. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

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This recipe is a great way to combine leafy greens and lean protein. Spinach is one of the best sources of magnesium, and chicken is a versatile protein base that complements it well.


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut a slit into each chicken breast to create a pocket. Stuff with spinach and feta, then secure with toothpicks. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

5. Chia Seed Pudding

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Chia seeds are a fantastic source of magnesium, and creating a pudding with them allows for a nutritious dessert or snack.


  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Fresh berries for topping

Combine chia seeds, almond milk, and honey in a bowl. Stir well, then let sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, you’ll find a gel-like pudding ready to be topped with fresh berries and enjoyed.

These recipes are perfect starting points for increasing your magnesium intake through your diet. They offer a range of flavors, ingredients, and meal types, ensuring that everyone can find something they enjoy. As always, remember that while diet is a crucial part of getting necessary nutrients, it is also essential to consult with a healthcare professional to assess your unique nutritional needs.

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