It’s hump🐪day! I hope your week is going well and all is well and beautiful just like you.😊
Do you ever felt down or sluggish, tense or anxious? Well I have searched and found some ‘Good Mood Foods’ and I thought I would share them with y’all so that next time you need a “pick me up” you can reach for one of these foods…
• Spinach: Dark green veggies are rich in folate, a B Vitamin that affects the mood-controlling neurotransmitters in the brain. So sauté up some of these tasty greens as a healthy side dish, or toss some into your smoothie
• Swiss Chard: Contains magnesium, which gives an instant shot of energy and also staves off depression. Plus it is one of the nutrients lacking in the average diet. Makes a tasty side dish when sautéed.
• Kale: Rich in magnesium, which is a natural antidepressant. Rich in iron and chlorophyll, B vitamins and vitamins A&C. Eating dense foods improve mood health, depression relief and lower anxiety. Offers grounding effect to the body, which helps relieve tension and inability to rest from stress. Bake and make tasty chips for a snack.
• Citrus: Mandarins, clementines, navel oranges, grapefruits, etc… All are packed with folate and vitamin C which are an instant mood booster.
• Banana: Contains potassium(improves brain function) B6(increase in serotonin-calms the body-) Tryptophan(the “happy” amino acid that regulates mood) So make this a smoothie staple.
• Berries: BEST-CARBS-EVER! They provide a boost of glucose which can decrease irritability. Toss in a smoothie or eat a handful.
• Apples: Contain the antioxidant (quercetin) which is mind-boosting and also reduces inflammation. Vitamin C which is linked to reduce stress and anxiety. Also it helps keep insulin levels more stable, which prevents erratic moods due to low blood sugar.
• Coconut: Contains Lauric Acid and Medium Chain-Triglycerides (MCT) which are linked to happiness, clarity, and lower anxiety. Also helps detoxify the body and boost brain health and cleanse the liver. MCT improve brain function, they have been used to treat neurological disorders. They’re also a good source of fats for the liver, energizing and cleansing. When you’re feeling sluggish most likely your liver needs cleansing and/or detoxifying, so gobble up so coconut. Shoot for organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic coconut flour, and/or unsweetened shreds.
• Avocados: Combo of B vitamins and potassium which increase serotonin levels and lowers blood pressure, both of which keep you cool, calm, and collected. So have some avocado toast at breakfast next time.
• Asparagus: This veggie is a triple threat. They’re a great source of serotonin, folate, and enzymes, that breakdown alcohol. Perfect hangover food.
• Cherry Tomatoes: Contain lycopene, a fat-soluble phytonutrient that can stop the build up of pro-inflammatory compounds linked to depression. Toss in a salad or eat as a snack.
• Blue Potatoes: Packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation(a known mood killer) and are loaded iodine, which helps regulate your thyroid(mood master)
• Sweet Potatoes: These contain complex carbs, which in turn increases serotonin levels, which have a calming effect on the body. Make a batch of baked sweet fries or chips.
• Peppers: Rich in Vitamin C which can help stop the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Yellow peppers have the most, followed by red then green.
• Cashews: Contain healthy fats, iron, protein and vitamin B6.
• Chocolate: Everyone’s favorite! It’s a good source of magnesium which helps to calm anxiety and improve mood. This is why we crave chocolate during times of stress. Though high in fat, pure chocolate is rich in iron and even a little fiber. If possible use raw cacao, plain cocoa or 100% baking chocolate as opposed to the sugary stuff. However dark chocolate is the best to go for(in small doses)
Those are just a few foods that can boost your mood. There are tons more, so next time you are feeling down try eating a few of these and see how you feel. Let me know if you have any other good mood foods in the comments below. 😊