Foods that improve your mood brings visions of candy bars, donuts and chips right? Believe it or not, it’s the food we THINK will feed the soul that is actually making us feel worse. Look at it this way, if your body is having to declare a May Day to digest the entire bag of cheese curls you ate, there’s going to be little fuel left to feel energized.
Wild salmon – Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, eating a few servings a week may help with depression. Researchers have also found these fats helpful for managing anxiety. High in protein and B-12, this healthy fish can help trim your waistline which is a mood enhancer in itself!
Citrus – Just the aroma alone is enough to make you feel rejuvenated. Getting your Vitamin C each day isn’t just propaganda, it’s a way to improve your mood. Oranges and grapefruit provide a healthy dose of C, as well as an effective way to balance blood sugar.
Dark Chocolate – Cacao contains theobromine which is a compound similar to caffeine, and also improves serotonin levels. Now before you run out for a box of chocolates, let us review a few facts. While a sure fire stress buster, it’s important to choose a variety with a high cacao content to really reap the benefits. Remember it is still high in calories so a small serving is a plenty to release those feel good chemicals.
Whole Grains – You know that don’t talk to me until I have eaten feeling? These healthy complex carbohydrates keep you going, and stabilize your blood sugar without the crash. Foods high in fiber take longer to digest, and will help you feel even keel and satisfied for hours. Choose whole unrefined grains like oats, brown rice, and sprouted grain bread.